I have been to Tokyo Disneyland in 1992 – and it didn’t feel so special for me. Could it be because I was 21 years old and was too old for Mickey Mouse and his attractions?

But I felt different for Disneyland in Anaheim, Californa. It felt more magical, more exciting. I was more impressed. Probably because it was the very first Disneyland in the world, and it was designed by Walt Disney himself.

The fact that Walt Disney was there and created the place after inspirations derived from amusent parks of the 1930’s and 1940’s. He designed and redesigned the attractions, told his “cast members” (those working there) to be upbeat and created the idea of “the happiest place on earth”. And voila, Mickey Mouse’s home opened to visitors in 1959.

And probably because I went there with my family, with my own little daughter, who was thrilled to see Disney characters come to life.

Related Disneyland blog entries:

“Wished upon a star at Sleeping Beauty’s castle”

“It’s a small world for animatrons”

“Parade of the stars”

“Aladdin, a musical extravaganza”

“At Minnie’s house”

“Disney’s California Adventure”

How we visited Disneyland