Here's an interesting commentary from the hipster OC Weekly, which currently has a story (called "Best of OC's Top 10", which I know doesn't make any sense) about our local landmarks.
"Disneyland deserves to be on this list because no where else do you stand a better chance of seeing a child’s expression of pure joy than while watching them walk through the entrance gates, catching their first glimpse of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle or encountering one of the wandering characters. Disneyland deserves to be on the list because no where else can you see a look of pure joy on an adult’s face than when they see that look in their child’s face for the first time and know they were able to give it to them.
There is far too little happy in the world, and there is plenty of time and opportunity for us all to become angry teens, jaded journos and desperate adults clinging to the past; but Disneyland deserves to be on this list because it unabashedly, unashamedly reaches for happy. Does it always succeed? Of course not. Did you hear we all die in the end, too?
But happy is a wonderful thing to shoot for and there is no place in Orange County—this isn’t even close—that makes people, especially children, happier than Disneyland. If you have a problem with that, **** you. Grow a heart."