Nostalgia

December 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

Disneyland is without a doubt one of the more nostalgic places I’ve ever been. When I saw World of Color over the summer I couldn’t help but tear up. I’m a rational girl and a  cynical, detached person by nature but for some irrational reason Disney is my emotional kryptonite. When I go to Disneyland or even visit the Disney Store a part of me becomes carefree and ridiculously and illogically happy. As a matter of fact the when I visited the Disney Store website to get this link I wasted a good five minutes browsing things that I logically should have outgrown over a decade ago.

 

 

Last month I went on a trip to Disneyland with my mother, Aunt and two younger cousins.  The two latter had a deprived childhood and although they are 12 and 10 had never been to Disneyland. It was incredibly special for me to go with them because your first visit to Disneyland is such an important rite of passage. I feel so incredibly lucky to be able to go to Disneyland as often as I do.  Ever since the first time I visited the park, almost 16 years ago, I adopted the belief that Disneyland is indeed the happiest place on earth.   There is no other place on earth like Disneyland. As my silly french exchange student put it even other Disney parks cannot compare as they are “BAAAAD… FALSE Disneyland”.
Since re-watching Disney Classics with an analytical eye proved to be a fun activity, ss part of my inner-child challenge I thought it would be interesting to see how Disneyland was different for me as an 18 year old. Interestingly enough unlike some of my other childhood favorites I didn’t approach Disneyland differently as a technical adult. Disneyland merely brought out my inner child and forced me to abandon (some of) my cynicism. I had too much fun to be analytical and was too carefree to worry about anything but saving enough room for churros and soft serve.

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The Happiest Place on Earth

September 16, 2010 § Leave a comment

“To all who come to this happy place: -Welcome- Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past … and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America … with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.” —Walter E. Disney, July 17, 1955

This is a quote by Walt Disney on the day that Disneyland opened. The majority of us know Disneyland as a place where we dreamed about going as a kid and when we were there, it was a place where the fun never stopped. Even as a high schooler, we still occasionally crave the trill of Indiana Jones ride or a relaxing trip through the “It’s a Small World” castle. Either way, we all simply just want a trip back to our childhood days when we were carefree and full of imagination, and that’s exactly where Disneyland takes us.

This isn’t a simple coincidence that Disneyland evokes such positive memories in people since Walt Disney designed it that way. Disneyland, as most people know, is located in Anaheim, California; a place that was viewed as a Western dream in 1955 when the park first opened. Contrasted to the disorderly, unpleasant eastern cities that many Americans were used to, Anaheim provided a place that practically summed up the West through it’s optimism and opportunity. Even the names of the various sections throughout Disneyland encompassed the same idea: Frontierland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. So in  a way, it’s kind of ironic how now that we are older, we see Disneyland as a place that reminds us of the past, not the future.

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