Disneyland certainly lives up to its tagline, doesn’t it? And yes, I’m sure that some of you are now asking yourselves why, as a fully grown adult, am I such a fan of Disneyland? My wife and I don’t have any kids. This place is absolutely swarming with screaming children and exasperated parents. Scents from every conceivable form of junk food assail the senses from all directions, from the moment you step foot in the park to the instant you leave. So why, then, is it so appealing to me? The answer to that is simply one word: nostalgia.
I have visited Disneyland every couple of years or so since I was old enough to walk. And, based on the photos my mother has shown me, even before then. I count my lucky stars that Giliane is just as much a Disney fan than I am. Walking around the parks (Disneyland & California Adventures) at our leisure, perusing through the plethora of shops, and riding our favorite rides. Over and over, of course. What does this tell you? Yep, you guessed it. You now know what my wife has known ever since she said I do: I’m a big kid at heart.
Several months ago we discovered/subscribed to a YouTube channel from a group of people that call themselves “Fresh Baked Disney“. This guy walks around the park, oftentimes with a friend or two, and documents the rides, the food he eats, the merchandise he sees, and so on. The vast majority of the times he doesn’t have his kid with him, so this is taken from the perspective of an adult who is simply enjoying his experiences at the park. He typically visits the park every Saturday, so did we find them yesterday?
So, with that said, who out there has been to Disneyland? What are your favorite rides? What are your favorite things to do here? Here’s mine, in no particular order:
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Soaring over California
- Lunch at Blue Bayou
- New Orleans Square (my favorite “land”)
- Haunted Mansion
- Splash Mountain
I hope you have a fantastic week! Rest assured my wife and I will be. Hmmm, I think another ride is calling my name! Time to see if I can convince/bribe my wife into riding Grizzly River Run. We can see it from our balcony at the Grand Californian Hotel! You’ve never experienced the parks until you actually stay at a hotel in the MIDDLE of the park. We have our own separate entrance to DCA! How cool is that? So, I will bid adieu. We’re off to have some more fun!