My first trip to Disneyland was in 1999 while on a road trip with my friends. At the time I was 19 years old. I did not know anything really about the park other then it had a castle and there were people dressed up like Mickey Mouse . When we parked our car I could see DCA and I thought that the Screeming and the other things in DCA were part of Disneyland! But when we went into Disneyland I was blown away by the detail and I loved everything, I repeat EVERYTHING! I could not see any problems with the place it was amazing. Sometimes now I wish I could get that back since I have become very good at seeing the little problems in the park now. But on that first trip I can say it was like I really was seeing the place through the eyes of a child.
When I was a kid my family never even thought of going to Disneyland, L.A. was too big and full of crime and we never had enough money to go on trips like going to Disneyland. So I never even really thought of it as a kid. My mom was the same way, she had wanted to go since she grew up in the 50's and saw the Disneyland TV show and has some cousins that had gone but it was just out of the question for her. After my first trip with my friends in which I only spent one day at the park I knew I had to come back for more. I saved up and later that year I took my mom with me. She was in her 50's her first time but she had the same child like view of the place I did!
My family would go on lots of other trips over the years. But about two years ago when I was thinking about going to film school we learned from the CM's in Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln about CalArts and how it was Walt Disney's idea. I allready knew a bit about the school since my favorite filmmaker Tim Burton had went there. But learning that Walt had thought of it I knew that it would be great place to go to school since it came from the same mind that built Disneyland. And so I got into CalArts and moved to SoCal last fall, and of couse bought my AP the day after I got here.
So for me Disneyland is not a place to remember childhood memorys but a place that helped me make my adult dreams come true! I was wondering if there is anyone else that fell in love with the park at an older age too since I would love to here your storys!