Magical Blogorail Red: Celebrating #Disneyland60

Welcome to this month’s Magical Blogorail Red loop. Today we are discussing the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

On July 17, 1955, this Castle enchanted the world.  On July 17, 2015, it will enchant us once again.

On July 17, 1955, this Castle enchanted the world. On July 17, 2015, it will enchant us once again.

Hello everyone, and welcome to this month’s Magical Blogorail Red post!  This month, we are gearing up for all the excitement, grandeur, and spectacle of the #Disneyland60 anniversary!  My family is fortunate in that we will be able to enjoy Disneyland on July 17, 2015 — the 60th Birthday of this incredible vision of Walt Disney!  In this post, I plan on sharing with you all my hopes and dreams for that day, all the things that we hope to enjoy, and what that day means to me personally.  So hop on and join me and my wonderful Blogorail teammates as we share what it means to us!

On July 17, 1955, the following attractions were open for the general public that are still open to this day:

  1. Main Street Vehicles
  2. Main Street Cinema
  3. Disneyland Railroad
  4. Storybook Land Canal Boats
  5. Casey Jr. Circus Train
  6. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  7. King Arthur Carrousel
  8. Mad Tea Party
  9. Fantasyland Theater
  10. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  11. Peter Pan Flight
  12. Snow White Scary Adventures
  13. Autopia
  14. Mark Twain Riverboat
  15. Jungle Cruise

All of these attractions are ones that I want to enjoy when we are there.  To me, there is something extremely cool about enjoying the attractions today that were there in the days of yesteryear.  I imagine what it might have been like to ride on them on that day, whether they had any issues, or was everything running to Walt’s standards.  Just imagining it takes me there right now!

When we were fortunate enough to go to the Magic Kingdom to celebrate the 40th birthday of that park on October 1, 2011, the weather was absolutely spectacular — hardly a cloud in the sky, with perfect temperatures, it was like Disney controlled the weather that day!  For this celebration, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the same thing happen.  It just feels like it will be that way, and regardless of whether it is or not, it will still be incredible.

Cindy, Sophie and I will not be there by ourselves, of course; we will have our niece Stephanie and her husband Shane with us, and we will have our great friend Sheila and her daughter Jagan with us, so the celebration will be even greater because of their being there.  Sheila grew up at Disneyland, it is her home away from home, and she has a fountain of information about the park that I love to hear about.  That will make the day even more special.

Most of all, though, this day is about Walt Disney.  On July 17, 2015, we will celebrate Walt, his vision, his determination, his compassion, and his desire to see families having fun together, and we will look upon his park and give thanks for his life.  On that day, I will look at Sleeping Beauty Castle like it is below, and imagine myself to be there, with Walt welcoming me to the park that day.

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Thank you for joining us today — please check out my friend Julie’s post about the 60th Anniversary Dazzling Decor!

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Red | Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Loop:

58 Days til Disneyland – Casey Jr. Circus Train!

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

As the days count down closer and closer towards our Disneyland trip, I find myself getting closer and closer to regressing into the little boy that my wife says I act like sometimes.  As a result, rides that I don’t think I have any business wanting to ride I find myself really looking forward to.  Today’s ride — the Casey Jr. Circus Train — is just such a ride!

It is 58 Days til Disneyland, and something about the Casey Jr. Circus Train just captivates me!  I think with Casey Jr., the overall feeling I get is like I’ve stepped into a movie, and I’m given a birds eye view of what it is like to live in Storybook Land.  Or, perhaps riding on the Casey Jr. Circus Train is my way of putting myself in Walt’s footsteps, imagining myself as an honored guest given the extraordinary privilege of being able to ride the backyard Carolwood Pacific Railroad layout.  I wouldn’t dream of being able to operate such a storied locomotive, but being able to take a ride on it — now that would be a dream come true.

I just did a quick Google Search, and came across some really great footage of Walt Disney operating a 1″ backyard train set in the backyard of Dick Jackson.  Take a look at this video, it is short, but incredible!

In the end, I really don’t have any idea why I want to ride Casey Jr. Circus Train attraction, but I’ve decided that really doesn’t matter.  It will be fun for me, for my train-loving soul to ride as many trains at Disneyland as I can, because that, my friends, will bring me even closer to the legacy that Walt Disney has left for us to enjoy.  Perhaps I have my answer as to why I want to ride the Casey Jr. Circus Train after all.