New Here, but long time lurker. First things first...I really enjoy (actually love) reading your trip reports of both DLR and WDW. I can now put faces to names! It seems like you MiceChatters are great friends and enjoy each other's company while sharing a passion for all things Disney. Wish I could meet y'all.
I hope you can help me. We visited the DLR for the first time during the 50th anniversary. Unfortunately, my family does not want to go back, but I absolutely loved DLR. I now have an upcoming business trip to LA in September, and I want to take an extra day to return to DLR.
I have read a lot about the "special magic and Walt's presence" that is felt in the DisneyLand park. Although I loved the the park to pieces, I didn't feel that "special magic", but with your help maybe I'll experience it this time around. The fact that I didn't experience the "magic" may be because I did not grow up with DisneyLand and have no sentimental memories of it, or maybe it is because I just overlooked all of Walt's "special touches" that y'all seem to refer to. Here's my question...can you direct me to all of Walt's "special touches". I only know of a few. The exterior of Small World is a "piece of art" within a theme park, and the Snow White grotto is absolutely beautiful. What else is there? I have heard that Fantasyland was rethemed after Walt's death, and ToonTown is a relatively new land, so Walt's hand is not in any of these themings.
Help me understand the history of DL and direct me to Walt's "touches". I know I will thoroughly enjoy my trip to DL, but with your help I can greatly enhance my experience.