Glimpses of the ‘Happiest Place On Earth’

Sleeping Beauty Castle, Disneyland, California

There’s Mickey Mouse there. And Minnie and Donald and Daisy and Goofy. Then there’s Winnie the Pooh and friends and of course Sleeping Beauty, Ariel and the curious creatures of Wonderland. There’s music and food and rides and parades. It’s marvelous and magical; it’s fantastic and fun. I now get why Disneyland is known as the ‘happiest place on earth.’

It awakens the kid in you and lets that kid go play, literally. It makes you loosen up and get silly and just have a good time. That’s definitely what it did to me and the people who were visiting Disneyland when I was there.

“I think, most of all what I want Disneyland to be
is a happy place, where parents and children
can have fun, together.”
— Walt Disney
Walt Disney and Mickey, Disneyland, California.
Walt Disney — the man whose dream ‘Disneyland’ was — and his partner Mickey Mouse.
[Did you know: Disneyland turns 60 this year!]

Just as most of USA was packing for summer holidays at the fag end of May, we made a quick trip to Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. The holiday rush had started but the peak was not there yet. It felt like not so bad a time to be there. Or was it because we’d gone there prepared for the worst, I don’t know. But we had a great family holiday spending two days at Disneyland Park and one day at Disney’s California Adventure Park.

I’m sure you’ve heard about Disneyland and what a delightful place it is. So I won’t go into the details. But what I will do is give you a quick tour of ‘the original Disneyland’; the only one that Walt Disney himself oversaw and even let himself be amused by.
Toon Town, Disneyland, California
ToonTown

Disneyland is where you put on mouse ears and rub shoulders with the Disney’s classic characters and the newer additions to the Disney family. It’s where you let yourself feel like you are a living a fantasy. For the adventurous, there are enough rides to get that adrenaline rushing, whatever level of adventure is your kind of thing.

What makes this place one of a kind is that there are a whole lot of attractions that are just right for you whether you are two or ninety two. Without further ado, let me give you a sneak peek at the ‘very first Disneyland’ with pictures from the TipsyFromTheTRIP travel album.

Come, see if this place really does look like the Happiest Place On Earth:

 

Main Street USA. Disneyland, California
Main Street at night.
And the people who stayed back to watch the firework.

Does that look like it could be the ‘happiest place?’ Is Disneyland on your travel wishlist? Or have you been to any of Disney’s parks as yet? What was your favourite attraction? I’d love to know.

Now up on Tipsy From the TRIP–
Coming soon on the blog–
  • Glimpses of Disney’s California Adventure Park
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41 Comments

  1. I so agree! The kid in me (that's pretty much always awakened) would jump out I am sure 🙂 Thanks for sharing. Cheers!

  2. I lived so close to the Disney park in Anaheim yet never went.. I guess time to visit… 🙂 loved the pics and thanks for sharing pic of Mr. Disney … mostly he gets sidelined by the mouse he created

    • Uh-uh. It's a place you must see, even though its very crowded and all of that.I was so impressed by all the attractions there and how perfectly everything was created.
      While I was there, I kept thinking about the man behind all of this. 🙂

  3. Well, you just remind me of the days I had spent in this happiest place years ago.

  4. No better place than Disneyland to relive the childhood:)

  5. And what could be better than Disneyland to revive childhood. Amazing clicks! 😀

  6. Great places to visit.

  7. Wow! I want to visit this place. A lovely post, dear 🙂

  8. Happiness is all within one's mind. That said, places like that surely multiply that chemistry in our brains by factors. Thank you for a quick glimpse of a childhood dream: don't I know those places by the soul of my heart?

    • I agree with that thought. We'd gone prepared for the crowds and we ended up not minding the long lines at several attractions at Disneyland.

      I must also add that it is something to see adults wearing mouse ears and Minnie Mouse hairbands and get onto those rides, which at most amusement parks you see only people-with-little-kids do.

      Disneyland really does make you let your hair down. 🙂

      My pleasure USP.

  9. Happy to hear that it was not the peak, we got in Hong Kong and it was no fun!

  10. Great show! Thank you Divya:)

  11. This can give Bhutan a run for its money with regards to happiness. 😉

  12. This place is indeed amazing, I would say Disneyland in general. We gave it a pass in Florida for some reason…but hope to see sometime.

    • The creativity in there and the perfection with which everything has been made is truly amazing. I was also impressed by the way they managed the crowds especially around parade and fireworks time.
      You should go see it sometime, Alok. And I'd also say– when you go, you should expect large crowds there; it is a Disney park after all. 🙂

  13. Life would have been so much amazing if one could spend their entire life here!!

    • It's hard to get enough of the place.
      If the crowds don't seem to deter people from going there and from taking seasons passes as well, it should be magical in its own way. 🙂

  14. Childhood sure must be the happiest place to be!!
    Beautiful pictures!! Have never been there. Thank you for the virtual tour!!

  15. Happiest place… True. Brings to mind the WAlt Disney comics we read while growing up…

    • The man behind the idea apparently wanted kids and their parents to have fun here.
      I guess I should add that quote to the post.

      Thank you for coming this way, Param.

  16. Really one of the happiest place for any age group.

  17. Lovely… even for those reading the post, many years just fall off and one feels like a little kid.Thank you!

  18. wow….i want to be there too…awesome 🙂

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