- Vancouver, British Columbia - Ever since I was a little girl, going to Disneyland was a family tradition. The first time I ever was brought to this magical land, I was 9 months old, and too young to remember, but then it wasn’t about me. Being the youngest of four girls can have its drawbacks. I wore hand-me-downs for most of my life, and whenever I would go on school trips, I would be the only one with a packed lunch instead of being able to buy something from the cafeteria, or the food court. But one thing my family strived to do was to take trips to Disneyland every 3 or 4 years.
We would take days to drive there so that we could save money on flights and be able to afford to go. But when we got up the morning we were going to leave, there was nothing more excited to my sisters and I than the knowledge that in only a few days, we would be in Anaheim, and that much closer to Disneyland. Our parents could barely contain us, and I still look back and wonder how they kept 4 children quiet and happy for those long travel days. When we were finally able to walk through those Main Gates, and see Main Street with their decorations and we could feel the happiness that resided in that place.
Now, 19 years after my first ever trip, Disneyland is still a place of magic and memories. When I recently declared that I was going to go to Disneyland once again, people looked at me quizzically, saying “haven’t you been there a lot before?” and “aren’t you too old for that?” But the whole point of Disneyland is that it is timeless.
Disneyland creates an atmosphere of fun and excitement. The rides are there more for pure enjoyment than for the thrill of the ride. Spending some time in Fantasyland is like walking back through time to the time when you were young and still believed in fairytales. Every inch of that park is filled with the joy of friends and family, and a magical land that makes you believe in people that can fly or Prince Charmings.
A trip to Disneyland is a family experience, or a great place to meet with friends just to have a good time in a safe environment. I can tell you from experience that going to Disneyland alone is not a fun experience. The ride lines become something to dread rather than a bonding experience. You don’t yell as loud, or laugh as often as you do when you’re with a group. The single rider lines are something to be desired. Though fast, you feel segregated from the lineup, for in rides like Indiana Jones, there is an ambiance created. From start to finish, the line is full of relics and you feel like you’ve been transported to India and are actually outside of a temple. Inside the temple there is exquisite paintings, carvings, and statues. Everything feels so real, and it makes the wait so much more interesting than just a lineup.
The lineups become more than just waiting, and turn into a bonding experience. In my family, it’s where we converse and enjoy each other's company. With my friends, we play words games and talk about things. You can also meet some of the most interesting people.
Disneyland is a memory, from walking through the gates, to leaving at night. With it’s ever-changing shows and new rides being added, Disneyland is never the same experience twice.