Fake can Be Good

I’m in Anheim for ALA and was able to convince Nina Lindsay and Roxanne Feldman to got to Disneyland. I wanted to go because the place is so iconic in American culture and I wanted to experience it for myself first hand.

Now I expected it to be a bet tattered at the edge (being the original and oldest of the parks) and that I’d basically experience the whole thing ironically. But neither turned out to be the case. The place was lovely (in a completely fake way, of course) and I had a wholeheartedly and non–ironic blast! Nina had been once as a child and Roxanne had been to EuroDisney so both knew the ropes a bit.

We did Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted House, a steamboat ride, and a Star Wars ride. I was SO impressed with them. They weren’t frayed or tacky or anything. They were really, really, really well done! Things like the changing sky in the former and the ghosts in the latter. (I mean, I remember “Its a Small World” from the 1964 World’s Fair so wasn’t expecting much more than that.) We wandered about; would have done the literary rides like those for Alice, Toad, and Peter, but the waits were too long. On the way out we stopped at a really neat exhibit of the history of the park with models, posters, drawings, and photos documenting it from start. That was fascinating.

Don’t know if I’d go back, but I do understand now better why people love going so much.

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5 responses to “Fake can Be Good

  1. delzey

    I grew up 40 minutes away from the park (we’re on a nickname basis) and have been there more times than I can count. I have a love/hate relationship with the Disney organization, but Disneyland really gets it right. I have my theories, but they make me sound like a nut. More than I already sound like.

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  2. Oh, David, I’m not sold on them and can toltally appreciate what you are saying. I bet it is miserable to work there (especially as a character), but I was just surprised by how impressed I was (as I’m not easily impressed:)

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  4. I must disclose that I watched the Mickey Mouse Club (the original) as a child and owned a coonskin cap. I lived in California as a child and I believe my parents visited the park, with me, the first year it was open. In later years, my family visited the park about once a year. As a ‘tween, it was the first place I was allowed to go off on my own, without a parent following along behind. We only had to check in with someone periodically throughout the day.
    The combination of fun and freedom made the whole experience a joy.
    Years later, I visited there once as an adult with small children. The crowds, the long lines and the heat made the experience less joyful but there was a beautiful area for parents with babies that had clean changing tables, gleaming high chairs, a small kitchen area to warm food and comfortable chairs for nursing mothers.

    Disneyland is a fantasy. Nowhere else on Earth is that clean and trash-free. It is iconic and Just seeing the sign at the entrance can rocket me back through the years to a time when it was “the happiest place on Earth” for me.

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