Where Dreams Come True

Disneyland is synonymous to Fairylandia in every Filipino vocabulary–from the time of growing up days to learning the use of computer when the internet brings the magic of Disney to the home. So commercialized…yet still a dream destination to some who finally have the chance to come close to its entrance. There’s Hong Kong Disney that’s a little closer to the Philippines and therefore a favorite dream destination for those who can afford, but when there’s a chance to make it to the U.S.–Florida or California–Disneyland is in the list of must-see places.

Florida might be the ultimate Disney, but if you are in Anaheim, California, and just 10 min away, then Disney destination it is. My niece was lucky enough to have more time this summer than when she just got here a year ago from the Philippines. Here’s her day at Disneyland with her younger cousin. To me Disney has already lost her magic, and I don’t do more than being just the drop-off and pick-up chauffer.

I should say there’s a free area that you can walk around…even with free parking if you don’t exceed 3 hours. It’s a good deal for those who really wouldn’t care for the rides and would just need a peek to the wonders of Disney. That’s as far I would suggest one should go, but that’s just me. The real experience begins when you pay for it.

There she is…with her smile, ready to blend in with the crowd–dream no more!

Not a bad place to take the kids for a couple of hours and walk off their energy.

Ever tried going in here?…uh, too bad there are still lots of things to see around.

Teen-agers could have fun, too…tons of rides to choose from after the fun walk.

Not just teen-agers and kids…maybe business associates might like it, too.

 

However, the real fun begins when you get to the rides where you can have choices from the kiddie stuff to the scary ones. It might take you the entire day until you drop….You want to get the most of what you pay for. Anaheim residents can still get a lower prices of $46.00 or $56 for two days which you can use within 30 days. Otherwise, you’ll pay the full prize of $86 I believe.

Since we are only 10 minutes away from it, we tried to schedule the activity in such a way that my niece and company could go out of the park and have lunch at our place for a tiny fraction or resort charges…then go back in the afternoon. That break allowed them not only to save  a bundle but also recharge to last until the closing time that usually culminates with the magic of firework dislay. 

Who doesn’t want to see Cinderella’s pink castle? Appealing to all young and old.

And, just to prove the appeal to all kinds of people from all walks of life–smile!

Little tea cups for the kids…nope! Of course, for the adults and teen-agers, too.

This was even my favorite, going around the theme park and looking down on it!

Another of my favorite…Tom Sawyer’s cruise line. If only it would last–aahhh!

Not anymore for me but the fun at Disneyland could continue for the rest of ’em.

Mary Poppins and escort are not busy…it’s time for a souvenir picture–quick!!!

Had this fire truck ever served its purpose before? Hmm…may need to research.

 

When one gets tired from wandering around, it’s a chance to get in line and find some place to sit down for a little while. This time the Safari Jungle seems to be a restful stop-over; what could be better than a boat ride?

A boat ride is a fabulous way to rest your feet while the eyes continue to feast!!!

This must be a trophy for one hunter who proved to be mightier than the beast.

Who wants to enter the lions’ den? Is it bonding time…the Lion King family of 4?

Where giraffes and zebras roam…a perfect picture of tranquility & co-existence.

Must be fun ride with dumbo in the jungle…looking so alive, posing like a king. 

In the green green river…gently swim with Hippo, the snorting hippopotamus.

Sneaky snake as he blends in with the tree roots…lost in its silvery color. Eeehh!

 

Then we go down yonder…where the pirates hide. The hidden life of booze, women, and wealth. Was this the ultimate life of fun and joy? Where could we find some left-over treasures? Would it be in this secret passage

Discover the pirates’ secret passage as we start from this house at the entrance.

As we follow the course of the river,… only little lights punctuate the darkness!

This must be the ship that takes them to places outside their world of wonders.

Are they ever home when they’re not out in the sea?  Is there a need for sleep???

What’s their market like? Can you tell how their day in the ‘mercado’ goes at all?

La Cantina? What a life! What could have been their contributions to this world?

What now? Is this some ceremonial gathering of some sort, or just death march?

Where could these treasures be? Is it sunken somewhere for you and me to find?

I don’t want to be like her… before I could find the pirates’ legacy to civilization.

 

Time for late lunch and a much needed rest…keep that hand stamped as a pass to come back later for the parade. Yes…there’s a parade of Disney characters later. We woudn’t want to miss all the wonderful stuff. Then 4pm came and time to be back at Disneyland grounds. (Videos will be posted when I have the time to learn the wonderful ins and outs of it.)

Here comes the parade…with everyone lined up on the streets waiting patiently!

Can you find Alice in her Wonderland…see the other side of blue wonder worm?

How can Ariel not have fun? Up, up in the air after being hidden down the ocean.

Ursula with her monstrous charm…what would Ariel’s life without her? Heaven!

Beautiful seaweeds…colorfully floating on the ocean and playing with the waves.

Time to say thank you for the magical day…California Adventure in another day!

 

Originally posted @ https://zylla3.wordpress.com.

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6 responses to “Where Dreams Come True

  1. Grats on going to disneyworld…I guess. I was proud of not ever seeing images of that place again, till now. Oh well. Disney is over rated. Has no real edutainment value. only entertainment now. They got your money, so what do you got other than plastic trinkets and images? Have you learned anything of real value? They know how to laugh at you without even laughing. The commercialization (is that a word) of dreams is where the punch line is. Where it is all just repitition, and industrialized. Mass marketed, produced for the masses, where your dreams can be produced by some factory over and ver and over. At least travelling carnivals is once a year or twice a year where you are forced to make your own decisions. Disney doesn’t give you the freedom, they tell you how to view things, They show you how things should be in your dreams. Youd on’t buy their toys you arn’t experiencing the real thing. You don’t view snow white as a perfect lady, you are not envisioning a dream. You see the beast as representing an abusive husband then you are just too real for them. You don’t wear their clothes then you aren’t playing in their plays. They are distancing themselves from any real creativity by holding everyone’s hand leading them to what they want you to see. What they want you to experience. What sort of dream is it when everyone has the same dream. bottle neck the image of an ideal life? When will it stop? never, but at least if you know the trust and decide for yourself then it’s all good. yeah i am just bitter in the fact i never went…blah….

  2. Fido: Thanks for stopping by. In this day and age, everything has its commercial value geared to all kinds of folks. We may like them or not…but they are there.

    Education can come in many different forms on how we view the world. How many children have their reading introduction through these characters? I don’t particularly spend my time and money at Disneyland; I am not a fairy tale lover, but if I can create one Disneyland–I’d be proud to be the creative master that bring smiles to numerous little souls.

    Dreams are all sorts of ideals…101 minds looking at one symbol, to say the least, will create 101 visions–not excluding distorted optical illusions.

    We cannot love everything we see around us, nor can we prevent others from loving it. 🙂

  3. I think your rss feed is broken, please fix!

    • AS: Sorry…I had to rescue your comment from the SPAM folder. Unfortunately, I don’t even know how to use the RSS feed. (: It was never there as far as I know.
      I’d like to visit your site too, but the link is broken.

  4. lovely Pics, nice tour……….captions made the difference………will look for more sure.

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