A trip to the Disneyland, my life as a tourist

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I’m from out of town, Vancouver to be exact [mbv], and so simply being in L.A. almost by law requires a trip to Disneyland. There have been several really great posts about the Magic Kingdom from the perspectives of locals in the past. Robert Daeley has a Fear and Loathing style post about it [bla] and Jillian Tate has a more affectionate post about the House of M [bla].

Still so much of how I view California, and America in general was, at least initially, formed by Disney movies, trips to Disneyland and other entertainment that it’s tough to spend any significant time here without being drawn back. And even though I’ve been through my Adbusters phase, and have worn a t-shirt with a severed Mickey Mouse head in the past, it’s still hard to go through the Disney experiance without feeling a little touch of that hold childhood magic.

More after the jump, if you’re up for it.

It’s pretty easy to be cynical about Disney, and by extension Disneyland. It’s been years since they’ve released a decent non-Pixar animated film. They’re screwing up public domain laws by trying to keep Mickey under their corporate protection. Cultural hegemony… so on and so forth.

The fact is though Disney is still a better ambassador for the US than the current administration. When the current American ambassador to Canada is regularly in the news complaining that we (Canadians) don’t want to weaponize space along with George W. Bush, it’s nice to know that Disney is there making films about hard working dwarves, drowsy members of the royal family and lions who sound like Darth Vader.

If you hit it at the right time Disneyland can be extremely fun. This time the day we went it was pouring rain, and if Disneyland has an off-season Feb-Mar is probably it, so the lines weren’t long. The only ride of the day that required more than five minutes in a line was the Buzz Lightyear ride for Toy Story. The rides tend to be short, so I’m sure that if I had to wait in a line for an hour and a half to spend three minutes in an automated Jeep watching robot Indiana Jones, I’d be a bit upset.

The older rides hold up, and as has already been pointed out by a few of the Blogging L.A. regulars Pirates is being closed soon [bla]. Okay so Pirates smells like a public pool with a bad ph balance, but it’s still great. The older rides are extremely well maintained, and while the animatronics might look old school everything has been kept in great shape.

Disneyland retains the charm that I remember from being there and being young. It was extremely fun, and I could have spent even more time there. Sadly we only had one day to fit both Disneyland and it’s sister theme park California Adventure in, and so there is still more I’d like to do. (More on California Adventure later).