The greatest place on the face of the earth is Disneyland. Nowhere else
has the magic that a day at Disneyland possesses. From my childhood to my
adulthood, I have never experienced a day at Disneyland that didn't put enough
joy in my heart to far exceed the admission price. Rides, shops, shows, and
characters, These are just a few of the many great aspects of a wonderful
place called Disneyland.
Disneyland has always been a very special place to me. My parents took
my family there for the first time when I was about three. To this day I still
remember shaking Mickey Mouse's hand, giving Goofy a hug, and meeting all of the
rest of my favorite Disney characters. It was a truly euphoric experience to
meet stars of all my favorite cartoons that I so loyally watched every morning.
When I reached preschool, and found out how to "brag", my trip to Disneyland was
some of my best ammo. I laugh now at the fact that Mickey and Goofy were just
normal people, yet I was overwhelmed at the time to meet such stars.
Several years passed, and I was now a twelve year old who remembered
Disneyland as a place where "little kids" go to meet Mickey Mouse. Fortunately
upon arrival to the park I realized I was wrong. I soon realized that that my
mature height of five feet and one-half inch had given me a golden key to the
doors of some of the biggest thrill rides the world will ever know. I was now
seeing Disneyland in a totally different way. I ran from ride to ride, my level
of excitement raging as never before. My stomach was being twisted, juggled,
and tossed like never before; for a twelve year old boy I was as close to heaven
as a kid could ever dream to reach.
As my senior year of baseball arrived, our hard work fund raising was
about to be paid off. We had been planning a trip to California for about a
year, and on our last day before we came home we were going to spend a day at
Disneyland. After trying very hard to convince my parents that I would much
rather stay at the hotel, I was practically forced out the door. I had a
feeling that I had just been there. Amazingly enough, my third trip to the
Magic Kingdom turned out to be the greatest trip yet. For the first time I felt
I appreciated the beauty of Disneyland. I found myself exploring shops, I
listened to the music, I took the time to notice the cleanliness of the park,
and also the friendliness of the employees. With all the caves, tunnels, and
different styles of cultures, even waiting turned out to be a pleasure.
Disneyland will forever be my favorite place. I have viewed the kingdom
from several different perspectives. Each case was special in its own way,
touching my heart in one way or another. I hope some day soon I will have the
opportunity to watch my kids experience the joy and excitement of a magical day
at a most wonderful place known as Disneyland.