When I went to Disneyland at 5 years old I was so excited to go to Toon Town because I thought it was going to be like Toon Town in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, one of my all time favorite movies. I was kinda bummed that I didn’t see a bunch of toons running around doing crazy stuff but I loved going to Mickey’s house, Goofy’s house, Minnie’s house, etc, and to this day the Roger Rabbit ride is my favorite ride
I’m a huge Disnerd, especially when it comes to Walt Disney himself. I saved up enough money last year to go to Disneyland for the first time for my Sweet 16, and I hardly needed a tour guide – I became the tour guide to my mom through the entire park. Although it was sad that Disneyland is smaller than Disney World, the experience was simply exciting to walk in Walt’s footsteps.
I always loved Disney and really wish I could go to Disneyland or Disney World but, my family is so tight on money right now, because I am 1 of 5 kids and my dad had to get a second job.
Disney is in my blood. My Great Grandfather Ernest took my Great Grandmother Elisa to see Snow White to and the Seven Dwarfs in Theaters before he went to fight in World War II. He came back 10 years find later to find her married to an abusive man. But he convinced her to run away and marry him. After the wedding he took her and all six of her kids to Disneyland. It’s now a family tradition to go every year at least once. It’s wonderful to think that my Great Grandma lived a real fairy tale.
The regulars at Disneyland are part of why I don’t want to renew my pass. Honestly, some of them think they are so entitled, and it ruins the experience for everyone else.
I was nine when I first went to Disneyland Paris. I went on a coach trip with all my extended family and some family friends, who were basically family. Once at Disneyland, me, my mother and the family friends went around together. We went on the train around the park and my mother’s friend’s mother (like a grandma to me) started smoking. She had a row from a CM while Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas was playing. She’s dead now but that song makes me cry because it always reminds me of her.
I’ve not been as mentally stable in years as I was going to Disneyland in the winter. I wish I could feel that good every day.
Christmas time at Disneyland is my favorite thing ever. All of my friends love Halloween, much more than Christmas but Disney Christmas is my safe haven. I’ve never felt more connected to the world and to other people than when I’m at Disney near Christmas. It’s like I can feel the love, the kindness, and the goodwill toward others flowing through me. It’s the one thing I need every year to replenish my spirit and keep moving forward.
I know this is the biggest first world problem in the world, but having an annual pass at Disneyland can be frustrating because food wise the quality seems to decrease as the prices increase over time.
As a child, I used to absolutely hate any child that went to Disneyland and become uncontrollably jealous. Most of the kids in my school were middle-class and could afford the (international) trip and a LOT of kids had it, I had absolutely no chance at a trip due to my family. As an adult, the ads about surprising kids by announcing a trip really bring those old feelings back up, and I struggle with the resentment. It’s petty, but it still hurts.