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|
|Not exactly dignified, but I did survive.|
|Princess Aurora meets Briar Rose|