I’ve written before about how travel inspires writing, and my recent trip to Disneyland has been no different! There is something truly immersive and magical about Disneyland, and I’ve returned home bursting with ideas!
Everything in Disneyland exists to serve the imagination. From the moment you walk through the main entrance, and are greeted with ‘Good morning, princess’, as your ticket is checked, from the numerous people operating the rides in full costume, and character, to the beautiful Victorian styled buildings along Main Street (including an incredibly subtle Starbucks), everything about Disneyland exists to immerse you in the experience. I sat on a bench for about an hour on our first day at the park, watching the Disney world go by, and reveling in the experience of being in such a beautifully, magical kingdom.
The weather was absolutely amazing, particularly for February, and particularly for this winter weary Canadian. It was ~ 30 degrees Celcius everyday (80+ F for my American friends), and so sunny and bright! The trees were just starting to bloom for spring, and for someone used to seeing signs of spring in the middle of May it was quite an astounding sight in February. The beautiful weather served as a disruption; an awakening of sorts, jolting me out of my winter complacency!
I find one of the most magical aspects of Disneyland, the actors who dress up as characters from the wonderful world of Disney. They are incredibly talented, and it is great fun, for both children and adults alike, to interact with them. On our first day I met both Goofy and Minnie Mouse, and later I met Princess Tiana from the Princess and the Frog! It truly feels like you’re meeting the character from the movie, and it makes those characters feel larger than life!
What places inspire you, and fire up your imagination? Tell me in the comments below!
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