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: Tomorrowland!

Image ©disney.wikia.com

Image ©disney.wikia.com

Today we continue our look at the lands of Disneyland Park.  Of the eight lands, we’ve covered six of them, and the only two left to look at are Tomorrowland, that we are focusing on today, and Mickey’s Toontown!

Like Fantasyland, there is a whole lot to see and do at Tomorrowland.  Just take a look at this attractions list!

There are a lot of great attractions, so I won’t touch on all of them, but I will highlight the ones I liked the best, and think you will too!

Space Mountain

Sophie didn't have much fun on Space Mountain!

Sophie didn’t have much fun on Space Mountain!

Of course I’ve got to start with the best attraction in Tomorrowland in my opinion!  I don’t have much in the way of photos, but I do love our ride photo that they displayed.  Cindy loves Space Mountain, Sophie, not nearly as much, and I’m along for the ride, but I love the two behind us!

The big difference here is that Space Mountain at Disneyland is two seats across and Space Mountain at Walt Disney World is single seats.  It was the two seats across that was the only reason Sophie decided to try it out — but she still doesn’t like it!

Star Tours – The Adventure Continues

Just like Walt Disney World, Star Tours is a great attraction!

Just like Walt Disney World, Star Tours is a great attraction!

Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

I call this a fringe Tomorrowland attraction.

I call this a fringe Tomorrowland attraction.

Officially, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is a Tomorrowland attraction, but to me, it feels more like a Fantasyland attraction.  I think that it does to me because of the inclusion of the Finding Nemo part of the journey, if it was 20,000 Leagues or so, it would definitely be a Tomorrowland attraction.  In any case, it’s all apples and oranges, what matters is that I like the attraction — I hadn’t ridden in a “submarine” in a really long time, and it was fun to see it go on a voyage searching for Nemo!

Autopia

The Autopia, in my opinion, is better than the Tomorrowland Speedway.

The Autopia, in my opinion, is better than the Tomorrowland Speedway.

You know, I didn’t really have any intentions of riding on the Autopia, but Sophie wanted to go and drive her own car, so Cindy and I went also.  I’ve got to say that I think the Autopia is better than the Tomorrowland Speedway in the Magic Kingdom.  One thing that I definitely noticed was that the smell of gasoline seemed like it was less at the Autopia than in Florida, maybe it is, maybe it isn’t.  But that’s how it felt to me.

Jedi Training Academy

Darth Maul keeps watch at the Jedi Training Academy!

Darth Maul keeps watch at the Jedi Training Academy!

I’m going to close out our exploration of Tomorrowland by taking a look at the Jedi Training Academy.  This is something we’ve never done before at Walt Disney World, and truth be told, we didn’t do it at Disneyland either.  However, we were at lunch when it started up, so we watched it to see what it was like.  At one point in the show, Darth Maul jumped over at some of the other people watching and eating their lunch, and scared quite a few of them!  It was great.  I don’t know if it’s the same at Walt Disney World, but if it is, then we will definitely go watch it again one day!  It was one of my most enjoyable experiences we had at Disneyland.

Thank you for stopping by to visit today as we explored Tomorrowland, one of the lands of Disneyland.  Our last stop on our tour is Mickey’s Toontown, so look for that in the next couple of days!  Thanks, and remember, at My Dreams of Disney, it’s our goal to turn My Dreams of Disney into Your Dreams of Disney!