Disney does cost, but it certainly fits within the "wholesome recreational activities" mentioned in the Family Proclamation. My wish would be for every family to save and have the opportunity to go at least for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. There are lots of opportunities for discount tickets out there if you search the web. And while my two visits in my youth seemed to be mostly among white, middle-class, WASPy types, these more recent visits seemed to be largely populated by a wide variety of families of different ethnicity and nationalities of various socio-economic backgrounds. And that's good!
But let's get to the fun and my review of California Adventure. Since it was built, I've been to Disneyland a couple of times and always stayed in Disneyland because it's Disneyland, for heaven's sake! The first point is easy. As the opposite of
My second point is that California Adventure was astounding! Disneyland Main Street was Walt's idealized dream of romanticized small-town America with happy families strolling the street enjoying an ice cream while visiting with friends. California Adventure Main Street is a dream of a pristine and family-friendly Hollywood with a recreated Santa Monica Boulevard, oh so much prettier and cleaner than the real one [except for the LA Temple block]. And there are Muppets! and Pixar!
|Sons A-5, A-2 & wife and the Princess Granddaughter in the stroller|
|I had A-5 at the first target shoot, but then he went ahead & I never caught up|
And I even went on California Screamin'!
|Not exactly dignified, but I did survive.|
We learned to play the perfectly legitimate baby-switch by getting fast passes then one stays behind with the Princess while the others go on the ride. Then when they come back, another stays with the baby and three more get to go on the ride making it twice for some. I stayed behind with the baby the first time and talked to the ticket taker that my brother-in-law had told me about it but I thought it was some kind of scam. But it's for real.
My camera battery ran out too soon. We stayed late enough to see the "Wonderful World of Color" show which exceeded all expectations. The huge dancing fountains - in color - with Disney films clips, music and the whole Park pulsating - and fire!! It makes the fountains at the Bellagio in Vegas look like someone splashing in a backyard wading pool! (Even if they were developed by the same guy.) It reminded me of the old days in the 1960s with my younger brother watching that show on our old black-and-white TV. We were convinced it was in color anyway because it said so. And that's the magic of Disney.
Oh, and the Princesses:
|Princess Aurora meets Briar Rose|