Disneyland

Nicole Voris

Just like Morgan, Oliver and I love Disneyland.  When we moved to LA last year, one of the first things we did was go to Disneyland and get annual passes. I hadn't been to a Disney park since I was 10, but walking through those gates as an adult did not disappoint.  I think I get more excited and giddy about the park as an adult than I did as a child.

 California Adventure at night. 

California Adventure at night. 

One of my favorite things about Disneyland is the generations of magic behind it.  Both sets of my grandparents took my parents to Disneyland a few years after it first opened.  Both families loaded up in their station wagons and drove across the New Mexico, Arizona, and California deserts without air conditioning to arrive in Orange County.  Despite this journey both my grandparents and parents always spoke very fondly of their trip to meet Mickey and his friends.

When I walk down Main Street or ride the Matterhorn I like to imagine my young grandparents feeling the same magic with their children.  I think that places hold energies and memories,  it makes me feel close to my family to feel the same energy they did even if we can't  be there together.

 Mainstreet at Halloween.

Mainstreet at Halloween.

Last week we had the very special treat of being able to go to Disneyland with my parents.  We went the day before Halloween and had so much fun!  I think the Halloween decorations may be more magical than the decor at Christmas.  (After my next visit I'll get back to you on that.)  The last time my mom and dad had been to the park California Adventure was still the parking lot.  It was fun to experience Disneyland in the morning, then explore the new park in the afternoon.  The rides were amazing!  I think it's way too hard to choose a favorite, but beyond the rides I think the performers can't be discounted.  The amount of talented people employed at Disneyland is pretty incredible.  We enjoyed listening to bands and watching a parade.  It was a wonderful day and I'm so glad I got to share it with three people I love most.

 My dad in line for Thunder Mountain. 

My dad in line for Thunder Mountain. 

If you're going to Disneyland soon invite me! We'll have fun! :)  but seriously, it's a wonderful place and even for us, a place where we can leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.  

 Falling at Splash Mountain,  Oliver didn't fully make it into the photo...

Falling at Splash Mountain,  Oliver didn't fully make it into the photo...