Thanks, Tinker Bell, for the Pixie Dust That Brought Us to Disneyland

Tinker Bell From Great Fairy Rescue

Think bigger is better? Think again. You may sometimes be wrong. Quality and quantity are entirely different matters.

Conservatively I have made 200+ trips to DisneyWorld far more than my perhaps fifty to Disneyland. East coast vs west coast economics dictate because of where I live. My point is this: Disneyland Anaheim rules. It all began here 55 years ago when Disney’s “folly” opened its magical gates. Thank you, Walt, for giving people a place to make wishes and have dreams come true.

I got to go to Disneyland one more time this weekend. Given a one day-one park ticket, no choice for me between it and the California Adventure. Destination Magic Kingdom for me…maybe next time…. What a truly clean, wholesome, friendly place! Hey, don’t get turned off because I’m not saying exciting, thrilling, spectacular. It is that as well.

The walk down Main Street, U. S. A. is a stroll down memory lane. Did you know Walt Disney took his idea for this area from his hometown Marceline? Just love to read the names on the storefront windows – insider stuff good for a chuckle. Just love how the display windows showcase the finest animated Disney heroes and heroines. Look. The parade is starting. Its floats, balloons, and characters stop traffic both literally and figuratively.

I’m off to Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. Its 77 feet in perspective make it the center of everything. I stop to drop a penny in the wishing well and make a wish at Snow White’s Grotto. I’ll give you a hint: it involves returning again and again. BUT I won’t tell what it is because then it won’t come true.

I’m glad that the walk through through the top of the castle has reopened. It’s all about storytelling. The Imagineers outdid themselves when they recreated the dioramas of Briar Rose AKA Sleeping Beauty.

Destination Fantasyland. No side trips right for Toontown, Adventureland, Frontierland, Critter Country, Tomorrowland or New Orleans Square. I’m in great company as my daughter and I are traveling together. I love the rides. It’s the attention to detail in them that makes them so wonderful.

I see the evil Queen, Snow White’s evil stepmother spying through the curtains, as I get on line for Snow White’s Scary Adventures. Can’t wait to see her morph into an old hag. Our car looks like it is a tree log decorated with a Seven Dwarf carving.

On to Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Alice in Wonderland, Storybook Land Canal Boats, Peter Pan’s Flight, Casey Jr. Circus Train…love the kiddie rides. They inspire positive thinking and action. Hearing Casey chugging “I think I can” as he makes it to the top is a great lesson for everyone young and old. Too bad that more role models don’t send out more positive messages loud and clear. It’s not fame, glamour, or winning that makes each of us who we are. It is how we think and carry through.

The stomach is getting grumbly so we head for New Orleans Square and its tastees. I’m ordering chowder in a bowl, begets, and cafe au lait. Call the food absolutely authentic, decadent, and sinful.

Time to visit other lands. Eye candy, ear candy, almost sensory overload. It’s a Small World was made by Walt Disney for the Pepsi Pavilion at the 1964 New York World Fair. The boat ride past carved topiaries, decorative clocks, and 400 audio-animatronic dolls in sync lyrically says it all. “It’s a world of laughter, a world or tears. it’s a world of hopes; its a world of fear. There’s so much that we share that it’ s time we’re aware it’s a small world after all.”

After a stop at Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin, we move on to the Disney Monorail for a 2.5 mile trip around Disneyland and The California Adventure, its sister park. We decide to take in the Pirates of the Carribean. We want to find Jack Sparrow AKA Johnny Depp. But before that we make a stop at Pixie Hollow. Meeting Tinker Bell, star of the movie that brought us out to California is #1 on the agenda.

Next it’s the Haunted Mansion. Our ghost mobile had an uninvited hitchhiker thumbing his way out. Before we head for the thrill rides, we check out The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

Splash Mountain leaves us drenched and laughing. I love Brer Rabbit enough to buy myself a souvenir tee of him. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad continues our roller-coaster ride. The sudden appearance of the yeti on the Matterhorn Bobsleds brings smiles not terror. We finish with the Indiana Jones Adventure, a high speed car ride through
the Temple of the Chrystal Skull. Our adrenaline is really pumping. Time to relax.

We stop in front of the castle to watch the Summer Nightastic Fireworks Spectacular. Disappointment. It’s windy so we are not able to see either Tinker Bell or Dumbo fly.

Wish I could come back at Halloween when the Haunted Mansion is made over with The Nightmare before Christmas or at Christmas when It’s a Small World celebrates the holiday season. I think I’ll leave a note for the Blue Fairy. You know what they say? “When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.”

My trip was provided for me for part of a Tinker Bell And The Great Fairy Rescue blogger event. I paid for my own admission to Disneyland, as well as my room there This post is based on the views and opinions of my family and/or self. Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

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