first Visit: How the magic was
It all started back in 1991........
I was 13 years old, living in Australia
(still do) and carrying on with my life at High school.
I can't remember how the news was
broken to me but my grand parents, who had come back from their first trip to
Disneyland the year before, decided that I'd love it so much that they would
take me there.
Who could refuse! It was every child's
dream to go to Disneyland! I had no idea what was there or what it was like
but I knew I wanted to go there. I guess that's a good example of marketing
As I was growing up, I never thought
I'd go to Disneyland. It was so far away and I heard it cost soooo much to get
there and so I had not even considered getting there.
Well I can't remember the preparation
or months before. I'm sure I was excited but I had no idea how excited I
should of been because I had no idea of what was there!
Well we got there, after a 12 or so
hour flight from Melbourne, My grand parents, mother and myself. We stayed in
a motel just next to Disneyland (where everyone should stay). We walked in
that night to the front gates and it was different to I had expected. I
thought there would be a castle at the entrance, remember I had never even
seen a park map of Disneyland before which I now know like the back of my
I saw the floral Mickey face through
the gates and heard the music going. I wasn't even in there but could feel the
'magic' flowing out through the gaps of the turnstiles.
I don't remember how I sleep that
night, again probably better than I should have as I really had no idea what
tomorrow would reveal to me.
Tomorrow turned up, after my donut
filled continental breakfast (what a great idea I thought being a kid) we
It was a warm Autumn (Fall) day and
after walking through the huge car park to get to the gates we reached the
turn styles where the crowds had built up considerably.
Before I knew it, I was in! 'So here I
am in Disneyland' I couldn't believe it. I had to be the luckiest boy in the
world....along with the other probably 20,000 boys there that day too of
After all these years of it as an
imposable dream here I was. It was exciting. I hadn't even entered Main Street
My mother had read up on Disneyland and
planed on what rides were going to be best. We were off to Splash Mountain
first. Sounded cool. I had been on a couple of log rides in Australia and I
Due to my mothers back problems she
didn't come with me and nor did my grand mother, it was just my Grand
father and I.
Well after a 'long' queue (it was
backed to the bubbler out near the front already) we made it to the docking
area. 'This was going to be fun' I thought. I still had no Idea what
Disneyland was really all about.
We were off. up the first little
incline, around we went up again and drifted along. I noticed the scenery of
the ride and the props were so well done. Looked heaps more professional than
previous log rides I'd been on. And that music, didn't know what it was but it
was so happy and made the quiet drifting so pleasant. We came to a drop of
what seems like about 10 feet. "that was pretty cool. There is usually
only one drop in a ride like this" I thought "but so far we have
had........oh my goodness!!!!!!"..... This is when Disneyland hit me!
We just entered the 'Rabbit Burrow' and the room was filled with song and
animated characters everywhere. WOW! I'd never seen anything like it! oh look
at that, look over there, look at that wow. 'nothing in here but bees?"
"wooooh hoooooo!" Look at the bee's, the jumping water, oh oh what's
going on? oooooooo here we go, up up up up click click click, aughhhhhhhhhhh
I didn't believe what I had just
experienced. What a show. That was so cool, how'd they do all that.
Oh wow THERE'S MORE! Around past the
paddle steamer we went and it finished off the story and the end of a perfect
|Well my life after getting off
splash mountain has never been the same. I got my own copy of 'Song
of the South' in 2000, the movie the rides based on.
I can tell you that every time I
go to Disneyland, I leaving wanting to return again even more than
before I visited!
I now have an identity problem!
If you have never been to Disneyland or
couldn't figure out what it is that makes it so good? Take a look at my 'What
makes Disneyland so magical' page.