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Disneyland makes me foam at the mouth.

  • Oct 23, 2009
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If I could give Disneyland a +6 rating, I would.

For some reason, I have a totally sadistic and creepy obsession with all things Disney. Like, I once nerd-ed out so hard about Disney trivia that I cried because I was so overwhelmed with emotion - just as one might cry when discussing their favorite cause/charity. I wish I was joking about this.

When I moved to Los Angeles a few months ago I knew I'd be going to Disneyland ASAP. I went sometime in early September. It was perfect - most kids in Southern California were back in school already and all the tourists had gone home for the summer - I don't think we waited any longer than 1 hour for any of the rides (and the 1-hour wait was on a new ride with some technical problems, so it was easy to deal with).  We spent the whole day in the park and rode pretty much all the rides for people over the Age of 5. I recommend going in the off season for sure.

The best rides in my opinion are the Storybook rides- most people assume they're just for little kids because they feature Snow White, Peter Pan, etc. IF YOU LOVED DISNEY AS A KID, GO ON THESE RIDES. They WILL freak you out still! The Snow White ride is legitiamtely scary. And who can go wrong with the Pirates of the Caribbean ride? It's a classic! Even though these rides are short, they are perfect summaries of their respective stories.

The other rides I loved at Disneyland were the roller coasters (that's a given) as well as some of the more old school attractions - Jungle Cruise, Tiki Room, etc. They're kind of corny and maybe cult favorites, but since I love the history of Disney, I love them.

It's hard to compare DisneyLAND to DisneyWORLD - just because it's so unfair! World is wayyy larger than Land and has it's own set of parks (like Epcot. Love Epcot.) They're both excellent and have many of the same rides - I can't choose.

Being at Disney reminded me of part of the reason why I love the corporation- because its just so smooth, and maybe even a little questionable. Everything they do is flawless, from customer service to efficiency. There are thousands of sites online to read up on Disney trivia and rumors FOR EXAMPLE this site that talks about the creepy underground tunnels for workers to change character costumes, people who do illegal things are detained there, etc. So over-the-top! Also, there are cameras EVERYWHERE in the park and workers are trained to remove inappropriate people/ride photos IMMEDIATELY. Disney knows how to keep the park running just like Walt intended - large and totally efficient.

This is a construction site in Disneyland. Um, can you imagine what it must have been like to build that entire park? Every ride is like being in another world! (please excuse the quality of my photos...I had to grab them from my Facebook account.)

I also love that each Disney ride is like it's own world. They do an amazing job of creating environments for each ride
- it feels like you're really THERE for the duration. In this case (Its's a Small World ride) I guess "there" is a really psychedelic dream world??

This guy was too real for his own good! (on the Jungle Cruise)

If you don't want to do the Disney storybook thing, check out the "adult" rides - eveyone loves SPLASH MOUNTAIN :)

At Disney, don'tforget to pretend you're 7 years old and get a photo with a character. Look how uncomfortable I am, yeesh.

(lastly, for the Disney superfans like me - check out this video of the now-extinct 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Ride. I am BEYOND devastated that i'll never be able to ride it.)

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October 23, 2009
Might be my favorite review title on the site so far. hahaha! Awesome!
October 23, 2009
Very good.....I've been there myself. I haven't foamed at the mouth as of late, but get overwhelmed every time I go back, as it's always better than the first time. Neat review!
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Born and raised in NJ, relocated to Boston, MA to study at Emerson College, transplanted to Hollywood, CA to get my career started on the fairer coast.      I love hiking, eating new … more
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Disneyland is an American theme park in Anaheim, California, owned and operated by the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts division of The Walt Disney Company. It was dedicated with a press preview on July 17, 1955, in ceremonies led by Walt Disney and opened to the general public the following day. Disneyland holds the distinction of being the only theme park to be designed, built, opened, and operated by Walt Disney.

Currently the park has been visited by more than 515 million guests since it opened, including presidents, royalty and other heads of state. In 1998, the theme park was re-branded Disneyland Park to distinguish it from the larger Disneyland Resort complex. In 2007, over 14,800,000 people visited the park making it the second most visited park in the world, behind the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

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