I’m a Disneyland nut. I’ll just put that out there. So when I heard a few months ago that a certain musical act from Disneyland was going away at the end of the holiday season, I went on a tiny panic.
Billy Hill and the Hillbillies — they have played at Disneyland for 20 years, mostly in the Golden Horseshoe. They mostly play bluegrass and folk music, though on occasion they would do heavy metal in bluegrass style… ;D Lots of jokes interspersed.
So when I heard that January 5 would be their last show, I was sad and wanted to go visit to see their show one last time. (I heard today’s shows were great, and they were packed!) Now, despite living in Southern California… I don’t have an annual pass. I wish I did!
I got very lucky though — a former professor of mine just happened to send out a mass email to my old department email list, and asked “Does anyone want to go to Disneyland on December 23 or 24? We have two extra tickets!” … … … DO I?! YES! I hemmed and hawed, thinking “well, it’s been three hours since she emailed, I’m sure they’re snapped up already.” … … … Then I said what the hell, and emailed her anyway. I was the first person to respond, so we got them! YES!
My mom and I first went when I was in junior high, and we LOVED the show and its ridiculous humor. See, they’re “all” named Billy. “My name is Billy Hill, and this here is my brother Billy. And my other brother Billy. And this is Billy.” Then he would eventually bring out his “pros-teeth-us” to help him get into the country music mood.
Ahh. I guess you have to grow up with it… hahah. I’m going to miss them. The fiddle and banjo renditions of holiday songs were a great last memory! I’m a big sucker for nostalgia and memory, so Disneyland feeds right into that with their love of anything retro and constant anniversary of this or that.
Anyone have any favorite shows or attractions that don’t exist anymore, but still hold a place in your heart?
I don’t think the castles are going away any time soon, but lit up at night, they just look amazing. Ahhh! Swoon.