Well Disney fans, I’ve returned after a rather short hiatus from the blogging world. I’ve had a busy summer that is going by way too fast, and unfortunately, blogging is not one of my top priorities. I love blogging very much, but I’m not so great at doing it while multi-tasking and I haven’t had the time to sit down and give it my full attention. I’ve been busy working and getting things ready for my Disney College Program (SQUEAL!) that is LESS than a month away. I’m so excited to be able to work for Mister Walt Disney himself, and just recently this past week, Disneyland celebrated it’s 60th birthday. I haven’t had the chance to go to Disneyland yet, but my very good friend Zack has, and agreed to be a guest blogger and tell everyone about his family vacation to the most magical place on Earth a few summers ago! Enjoy everyone, and I’ll be talking to you real soon!
“To all who come to this happy place, welcome…” This was the beginning of the speech given by Walt at opening day of Disneyland on July 17th, 1955.
My family and I went to Disneyland four years ago on our “California Adventure.” It was the first time we had ever been and it was a big change for us. We are a Walt Disney World family for sure, and going to the place where it all began was always a dream of mine. See, with Walt Disney World, you really are in a whole new world. The property is massive and you never have to leave while vacationing. With Disneyland, you see why Walt wanted more space with the Florida Project. Disneyland is surrounded by the city of Anaheim and really not secluded like Disney World.
Some may think that this takes away from the magic, however I think it gives it a certain charm. Think about it, if you were growing up in Anaheim, you would be going to Disneyland all the time. It’s a part of life out there and the locals go all the time.
I’ll never forget walking into Disneyland for the first time. The very first thing I looked for was the Fire House by City Hall. There, in the second floor window, you can see a light shining bright symbolizing Walt’s continuing presence in the park. As any true Disney fan would know, Walt had his very own apartment up there so that he could stay on property to oversee the development of the park.
One thing unique to Disneyland is the Matterhorn Bobsleds. This rollercoaster is extremely historic and a must do for every Disney fan. However, as fate would have it, on my one time to Disneyland this beauty was closed for refurbishment… I was heartbroken and no one really understood my pain. As many know, this was the only place this ride was ever built.
Fun Fact: there’s a basketball court inside the top of the mountain.
Disneyland is a Mecca for any and all Disney fans. It’s the place where it all began, and the only park that Walt was in. With WDW, you need to give yourself at least a week if you want to see everything. However, with DLR, you can do it all in just a few days. With everything in walking distance, you can begin your day in Disneyland, walk across the street to California Adventure for the afternoon, and meet up with friends in Downtown Disney for dinner all by foot. That was a huge plus to our vacation, no waiting for busses, monorails, ferry boats, ect. We walked outside our hotel and boom, we were in Downtown Disney with both parks being just down the way.
For 60 years, Disneyland has brought smiles and joy to millions of people from all over the world. “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”