I was in California last week to start the new year off right and went to Disneyland for the first time ever (everybody gasp). I know I know, I'm probably 16 years late to the whole disney park experience. Most people go when they're like 5 or something, right? I went to Disney World when I was 2 and one hundred percent don't remember anything.
I think most parents or grandparents take their children when they're too young and they probably enjoyed it more than the littles. Anyways, I have always dreamed of going and it finally happened. I whole heartly believe in Disney just like I'm 6 years old. I have always wanted to be a Disney Princess and sometimes think I'm Rapunzel. 21 seemed like the perfect age to take in the experience and fully appericated what was happening behind those gates.
My hotel was right by the park so I got to watch the Fireworks from my balcony the night before the magicalness went down. I was so excited and just couldn't believe I was experiencing the famous show. I hadn't even gotten into the park and I was filled with joy.
I couldn't sleep the night before and felt like those kids in the commerical. I woke up at 6 am and made it to the park at 8am when it opened. I had seen Mr. Banks the week before and pictured Disneyland to be a lot bigger, but it was still beautiful. The perks of getting to the park early is that you see a lot of the characters before the huge 2-hour long wait. I only made it to Donald and Goofy before they were dragged away to their homes, but walked along side Mickey and Minnie. Yes, even at 21 years old I still bought into them being real.
My first ride of the day was Dumbo followed by Mr. Toads wild ride, Tea cups and Alice and Wonderland. Kiddie rides to say the least, but still made me giggle and laugh. I then went off to catch Rapunzel and Flynn rider in their little show and was fully engaged the whole time. The amount of parents who were into it was even more amazing.
Finding Disney Princesses are harder then you think. I didn't see one roaming around which was a little dissapointing. You really have to search or hang out in their meet and greet areas otherwise you won't see them.
My favorite ride was the Matterhorn. I rode it at night and it was fast and thrilling. Space Mountain and Splash Mounatin were equally thrilling. I tought the Haunted Mansion would be a better ride, but i guess it was meant for kids. The smell of gingerbread though in that ride.
I think I appericate Disney parks more now then if I was a little kid. Everything makes you never want to grow up and makes you believe in anything. I love the little quotes and sayings all around the park. It truly is magical.
Have You Been To Disneyland? What's Your Favorite Ride?