We’ve been living in Southern California for three years now, and I finally took my 10-year-old son to Disneyland for his first time last week.
For the first two years, I was either too busy or too cheap, but the guilt was building. After all, I was born and raised in SoCal, and trips to Disneyland were something I could take for granted.

This last year, it occurred to me it might be a good thing that until now, he hadn’t experienced the picture-perfection I had been immersed in growing up with both Disneyland and Hollywood. As it turned out, there were plenty of good things about the day I finally parked our car in the Donald Duck section.

We had a fantastic afternoon, and a magical evening, staying at the park until past closing time. That allowed us to experience a second, line-free and creepy-cool trip through Pirates of the Caribbean (got our own boat, and no one in the boat before or behind us), plus a semi-cooks’-tour of the Jungle Cruise.

One unexpected perk was that I got to do something together with my son that helped me see him as the young man he’s becoming, rather than the little boy he was. After all, we have no shared Disneyland Past. As for the boy, he got to exercise and strengthen his pre-teen critical thinking skills (“How did they build that?” “They don’t miss a chance to sell us souvenirs, do they?”), along with plenty of wide-eyed wonder. That park still utilizes all the secrets of creating an immersive environment, and hypercrafts a world you can lose yourself in.

He’ll never see “Maisy & Bill’s Walk Through Time in Georgia” the same way, but he’ll be eleven in January. He’s already leaving much behind: It’s about time I caught up.

 

2 Responses to Disneyland: Glad We Waited

  1. Penina says:

    Thanks Clint!
    I was inspired enough to spring for the locals’ Annual Pass. 🙂 I’m so jazzed to see my boy as he gears up for this personal “quest”.

  2. Great post. Being a Disney addict, I appreciate hearing about any Disney experience. It is interesting to see things like Disney through the eyes of our children. My daughter also turns 11 in January and I love her perspective. I am reminded of the value of imagination along with the importance of discernment. The opportunities to connect with our kids in these ways are indeed priceless. Thank you for sharing this wonderful trip!

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