The night before I graduated from high school, I spent at Disneyland, celebrating graduation, the freedom of college, 4 months of dating with Le Boyfriend (now Le Hubs) and finding my mind straying to the thought of once again leaving home to venture off to somewhere new, scary and exciting.
And then, almost four years ago Le Hubs and I got engaged in front of Cinderella’s Castle at Disneyland, California and last week we visited there with our four month old daughter. The legacy continues. We currently have a fund where we are setting aside money to take Harper to Disneyland, Paris for her fifth birthday.
Harper and me with Minnie Mouse
Even now, as an adult, I can’t help but find myself swept up in the magic of Disneyland , especially as I watch my little guppy soak in the charm, the music and the lights. You would never believe it is nestled in the the heart of a large So Cal city and just on the other side of the biggest freeway in the state.
1. lights, 2. tiki, 3. balloons, 4. dl2, 5. mask, 6. disneytree
On her first trip at the age of 4 1/2 months Harper was able to experience Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion (which was all decked out for Christmas with the Nightmare Before Christmas stuff), the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, The Jungle Cruise, The Tiki Room, The Golden Horse shoe comedy hour, and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln which was her very favorite. I can already see we have a little human rights campaigner on our hands.
Best of all, I got to go with my whole family and spend the weekend with my (not so) baby brother. We hadn’t been to Disneyland together in years. I think the last time my parents had gone with us, Spencer was nine. He’s now nineteen.
I would also like to end this magical post with one point. We love Disneyland even though there are some Disney films that we don’t feel send very honest messages to modern boys and girls. While I love all the animated classics, when Harper watches movies like Sleeping Beauty, I want her to know that it could just have easily been Princess Aurora sweeping in and saving Prince Charming . I want her to know that being a girl does not equate to being the damsel in distress and I want any potential and theoretical sons to know that women are strong and intelligent. I also want my kids to know that love and families come in all different shapes and sizes and expressions. With that said, the animation on these films is just amazing and I do adore watching them.