My Dreams of being at Disneyland for it’s 60th Birthday!

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

Last night, at a special media event, Disneyland Resort announced the plans for the 60th anniversary of Walt’s wonderful park, Disneyland.  I’ve already been thinking about what a great trip that would be to be able to visit Disneyland this year and celebrate that wonderful anniversary.  As you may remember, we were fortunate enough to travel to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World for the 40th anniversary of that park back in 2011 (here are posts about that trip here and here) — and this would be another bucket list item we could mark off of our list.

With my friend Sheila and her family, who are local to the area, I can imagine that the trip will be a great memory for Sheila, who has grown up visiting Disneyland all her life.  Already I’m dreaming of some of the things that I’d like to do on that day:

  1. In true Disney style, I want to ride the Disneyland Railroad all the way around the park.
  2. I want to visit each of the original, opening day attractions that are still open today.  Can you name them? :)
  3. I want to ride it’s a small world, and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, the Storybook Land Canal Boats, and Casey Jr. Circus Train.
  4. I want to see how Big Thunder Mountain compares to the Walt Disney World version.
  5. I want to ride Pirates of the Caribbean.
  6. I want to enjoy the Mark Twain Riverboat and the Sailing Ship Columbia.
  7. I want to take in the Enchanted Tiki Room show, as well as Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln!
  8. I want to ride Jungle Cruise and Snow White’s Scary Adventures.
  9. I want to walk through Mickey and Minnie’s houses.
  10. Most of all, I want to imagine Disneyland as it was when Walt walked those paths. I want to imagine walking down Main Street, U.S.A., and having Walt Disney hold out his hand to shake mine.  I want to imagine how life could have been so very different if Walt had not smoked, and had not passed away as early as he did…

What do you want to do for the 60th Anniversary of Disneyland?  Do you have plans on attending?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!

 

The Lands of Disneyland: Frontierland!

The Mark Twain Riverboat is just one of the great things to do in Frontierland!

The Mark Twain Riverboat is just one of the great things to do in Frontierland!

Hello everyone, and welcome to our next installment of the Lands of Disneyland!  As you know, we have previously taken a look at Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, and New Orleans Square.  As we continue our path clockwise around Disneyland, we next come to Frontierland!  This land is located right next to New Orleans Square, and has a ton of activities for you to enjoy during your visit.  Take a look at this list, and we’ll elaborate on these further on in our post also:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Big Thunder Ranch
  • Fantasmic!
  • Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition
  • Mark Twain Riverboat
  • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Sailing Ship Columbia

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is near the top of my list of favorite roller coasters!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is near the top of my list of favorite roller coasters!

The big name at Disneyland in Frontierland is probably Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  What is different about Disneyland is that Splash Mountain is located in Critter Country, a totally different land, and isn’t right next door to BTMRR like it is at Walt Disney World.  Unfortunately for us, though, we weren’t able to experience that great ride because of this sign:

Sadly, it was closed until Fall...

Sadly, it was closed until Fall…

Big Thunder Ranch

Big Thunder Ranch is a great little outdoor petting zoo type environment!

Big Thunder Ranch is a great little outdoor petting zoo type environment!

We came strolling into Big Thunder Ranch one day during our trip, and had the best time.  They had lasso’s for your kids to learn how to lasso, they had some of the great horses on display, along with other animals and birds, and while we were there, we ran into our friends, as you can see below — it was so cool because there was hardly anyone around, so we didn’t have to wait at all!

Look who we ran into at Big Thunder Ranch!

Look who we ran into at Big Thunder Ranch!

Fantasmic!

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Fantasmic is performed on the Rivers of America in Disneyland!

As you can tell by the map image below, Fantasmic is located right on the shore of the Rivers of America!  However, just like at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the wait for the show is absolutely insane — in my opinion only, of course — so we didn’t see it.  Mostly this is because you would have to get a seat around 5PM and wait for the show time, and I just felt like that was a waste of time.  One year we will see Fantasmic, but it wasn’t this year…

Fantasmic Map Disneyland

Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition

The Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition is of a similar nature to the one at Walt Disney World. Basically it’s a shooting arcade — it isn’t really our thing, so we didn’t take it in, but if you have young hunters or would-be hunters, I’m sure they would enjoy it!

Mark Twain  Riverboat

The Mark Twain Riverboat is a replica paddleboat on the Mighty Mississippi!

The Mark Twain Riverboat is a replica paddleboat on the Mighty Mississippi!

The shot above was taken from the pilothouse (I think that’s the right term) of the Mark Twain Riverboat!  It was great being able to go up there, although it was a little cramped with me, Sophie, and our boat captain up there!

Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island

The Pirate's Lair is part of Tom Sawyer Island, a fun place for kids to play!

The Pirate’s Lair is part of Tom Sawyer Island, a fun place for kids to play!

Tom Sawyer Island is a great little getaway from the rest of Disneyland.  Just like at the Magic Kingdom, access to the island is by way of raft, and it’s a lot of fun to head on over and relax some of the day away.  Look for all the treasure at the Pirate’s Lair, and have fun finding all the passageways!

Sailing Ship Columbia

The Sailing Ship Columbia is perhaps the most relaxing boat to go on at Disneyland!

The Sailing Ship Columbia is perhaps the most relaxing ship to go on at Disneyland!

I really enjoy the Sailing Ship Columbia.  When you board her deck, and get underway, it really feels as if you are back in the age when this ship was sailing around the world!  That is part of what I love about Disney — his true love of history, and how he incorporates that into his parks so that they are so much more than just a place to ride rides.

In addition to all of these, Frontierland is also the home to the Golden Horseshoe, which, while it doesn’t still do Wally Boag’s show, is still a great photo opportunity that shouldn’t be passed up!

The Golden Horseshoe is a great looking building!

The Golden Horseshoe is a great looking building!

The story of Frontierland is so much more than a place to ride a roller coaster, or go looking for Pirate treasure, or pet some animals.  The story of Frontierland really comes down to this quote, spoken by the great Walt Disney himself, on the day of Disneyland’s opening on July 17, 1955:

Frontierland. It is here that we experience the story of our country’s past. The color, romance and drama of frontier America as it developed from wilderness trails to roads, riverboats, railroads and civilization. A tribute to the faith, courage and ingenuity of our hearty pioneers who blaze the trails and made this progress possible.

Thank you for stopping by as we take a look at Frontierland, one of the Lands of Disneyland!