Having grown up a stone’s throw from Disneyland, the house of mouse has somewhat lost its luster on me as an adult. I know, I know, I bet a lot of you are appalled.
For the rest of you sane lot, I just can’t reconcile spending a car payment for a day standing in lines around hordes of strangers (read: I’m old and apparently too sensible to have any fun). And living so close to Disneyland, I can hear and sometimes see the fireworks from my house every night at 9:30 PM, so I get to reap the benefits without having to withstand the hassle. I haven’t been since I was 18. And trust me, that was a LONG time ago.
That being said, I get it. People love going to Disneyland…they don’t call it the happiest place on earth for nothing. It’s a place where whimsy and magic exists, for patrons of all ages. A microcosm where you can forget the outside for a moment and just have fun. And if you have kids? It’s definitely a fantastic experience for them. Who doesn’t want to give their kids the world?
And even though I may be biased as a born and bred Anaheim native, I can still admit that Disneyworld beats our original Disneyland handily. First of all, there’s 6 parks to our 2. Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. You do have to travel to Orlando though, so I guess that’s the trade off 😉
Disneyworld is an actual a world of its own with hotels, transportation, lakes, security, grocery stores, etc. I think it’s has its own government (obviously Mr. Mouse is a despot). And although it is a resort…lest you think you’ll be having a relaxing vacation, you are sorely mistaken. More a rat race, these trips are a whirlwind of multiple parks, characters and Mickey themed everything. It’s a mousetrap! And it is basically a rite of passage for all families these days (youtube disneyworld trip reveals and then hate yourself afterwards). Yay gross consumerism!
M-I-C…see ya real soon