Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Favorite Disneyland Rides

(photo courtesy of Daveland)

"You're dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway." - Walt Disney

   The kids were watching Disney's "Alice In Wonderland" and my 'Lil Miss mentioned how much she liked the ride at Disneyland. Now, I know that the price of admission to one of these themed parks has become a decision between your children's college education and a family trip, but this is a post about the rides we loved. We'll do a Disneyland cost/fun analysis another time.

   I first went to Disneyland when I was around 8. That was somewhere in the neighborhood of 1983. I don't remember the lines being bad, so either they weren't as bad, or it was just too darned magical to care. I got my first couple of pins, was blown away by Peter Pan's Flight, and remember seeing my first lesbian couple kiss (older couple, weirded me out). It truly was a magical time. Our family hit Disneyworld once a few years after, but that was headed into my parents divorce, so not as good of a time.

   Since then, The Wife and I were married and headed to the Magic Kingdom with siblings, nieces and nephews. We were the catch all for helping out, making things that much more fun, and having a blast ourselves. As our family started and grew, we shared the magic with our little ones. Our favorite rides changed with the times. They were the fast Space Mountain and California Screamin'. These days it's more Casey Jr. and It's A Small World. My favorite will always be Peter Pan's Ride. There are some GREAT pics of the ride on Daveland's blog. The kid's favorites vary from each trip, and when you ask them.

(me and dad, Great America in CA, 1983)

   We all crave the thrill of the ride. Whether you're a speed demon, or look for a 3-5 minute escape from reality, theme park rides have always delivered. My favorites have always been at Disneyland, but I'm wondering what favorites you might have. Drop a comment and let me know, what's your favorite theme park ride?

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