Checked out Disneyland on the big day, and hoo-boy was that ever a mistake. There are rides and shows like every other amusement park, but where's the vaunted Disney magic? Disney's folly is more like it.
Where to begin? While even maestro Disney can't help the fact that it's so hot (today people were sinking into the asphalt and leaving behind their shoes!), there's just no excuse for the lack of drinking fountains. Um, hello? I can see the desire to sell more sodas, but jeez!
Lines were out of control - it was way too crowded. Making matters worse, one whole themed area (Fantasyland) just plain broke down completely, with no power to any of the rides. Not a good thing.
Nor is the constant feeling that "Uncle Walt" is reaching into my pocket. I mean, ride after ride wants coins - this gets old. I thought Disneyland was supposed to improve on the amusement park model!
Just be careful you don't touch any of the property, either. The thugs who pass for security will yell first and ask questions later. I heard someone from the press saying Disney didn't train those guys - they are some outside company - but like that makes any difference.
Still, for all that, there's definitely charm to some of the areas and the rides. There's a real effort paid to make it seem like its own little world, not just any old amusement park. In short, yeah, we'll probably be back. Let the trees grow in a little bit, see if they add any rides over time. It has promise, despite all the bad things happening on July 17. I've had so many long decades of solid entertainment from Disney, so I'm willing to give this another chance.
Verdict: a bad day, but don't let that stop you!