Monday, April 16, 2012

Now Here’s Mickey!

Business travel has brought me to the Happiest Place In The World.  At least that’s what it says on the Disneyland marquee  8-)

When we were growing up, each summer Mom and Dad piled the 3 kids into the station wagon and drove to Southern California for the family vacation.  Disneyland was a given each year, and I remember trips to other Southern California adventure and theme parks and festivals. 

Disneyland was the highlight.  I loved the E rides.  Autopia, the Matterhorn Bobsleds, Tom Sawyer’s Island, It’s A Small World, and later, Pirates of the Caribbean were among my favorites.  Jungle Ride and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride were also fun.  I have no recollection of how long the waits were to get on the rides when we were kids.

I don’t have kids, so I’ve pretty much missed a generation of Disney characters.  I get it that Disneyland caters to a newer generation of young people these days, and the electronic gadgets are ever present.  

Today, the Disneyland Hotel is newly renovated.  While pockets of the property pay homage to the Disneyland of the 60s, it’s thoroughly modernized.  Great for business travel.  Great as a family vacation destination.  

I hope the young at heart are enjoying the world of dreams and imagination that I experienced here.


  1. Replies
    1. thanks, Lynn--lots of memories as I wander around. 8-)

  2. Having lived off and on in the Southern California area for (gasp) 47 years, I too have wonderful fond memories of Disneyland. It isn't too many of us I am sure that remember the E tickets, etc; now one price as you know buys all :) Truly a magical place to get enjoy, no matter what age we may be :)


    1. thanks, Betty--yes, the "E" tickets does date me, doesn't it! Thanks for leaving your comment. 8-)