Most who know me also know that I rarely (never?) post sentimental threads, but this one has been nagging at me to get out, so forgive the brief wandering into (for me) uncharted territory.
"Often do I sit and think
Of times that were before
I long to hear returning feet,
and voices at the door
Of dear ones who I have loved and lost
That I will see no more"
[portion of an original verse adapted from a Tolkien work]
My father passed away two months ago, and I have thought quite a bit about what was passed on from him to me. The one thing I see more clearly than any other is his love of theme parks.
My family was very close to the Knott family, and we would all visit Walter Knott often in his 'home' inside Knott's Berry Farm. As a child I was able to witness first hand the building of a theme park, and the passion of its creator. We were the first to see Walter Knott's 'baby'; the "John Wayne Theater" he built on the property. These early memories are what sparked my interest in theme parks, and ultimately Disneyland itself.
(myself, sister, and Pop on the Calico Mine Train)
When I think of Disneyland, I first think of my dad--not because we would go terribly often, but because of his love for theme parks.
When you think of Disneyland, who is the first person (or persons) you think of? It need not be a loved one who has passed; just anyone who is a part of your life, and who you 'share' Disneyland (either physically on trips, or emotionally, as nostalgia) with?