Is it just me, or is that a pretty bold claim -- to be the "Happiest Place on Earth?" Because really, have you ever been to Disneyland during the summer? Is is really the happiest place when you are pushing a stroller through a crowd so thick it takes 30 minutes to get from the Pirate's of Caribbean to the Haunted House? And standing in line for 2 hours for a 5 minute ride --- is that fun???? I say "Nay."
But, some days, like today, Disneyland is a happy place. I actually convinced Claire to break free from her teenager Rat King and come with me -- a miracle to be sure. What made it even better were blue skies, warm temperatures and no crowds. No crowds!!! (That hasn't happened to me since 1988 when I went with Mark Iba in the pouring rain.) Claire and I actually took our time and strolled around. Strolled!!!!
It was so nice to remember all the things I love about Disneyland, besides riding on rides . . .
The smell of Churros wafting through air.
The boat captain's comedy routine on the Jungle Ride -- if you get a good captain.
Dreaming of living in a house like the ones in New Orleans square.
Watching the 1960 surfing movie while eating pineapple whips at the Tiki Room entrance.
Knowing how to work the Fast Pass system to your best advantage.
The step-by-step hand washing instructions in all the rest rooms.
And, best of all, having a whole day to laugh with my daughter.
Disneyland, sometimes you really are, the happiest place on Earth.
Post Script: We are trying to plan a trip to France this summer. When I asked my kids what they wanted to do if we traveled there, they both said "Euro Disney!!" Are they kidding me????? That's the last thing I want to do in France. We have a Disneyland in our own back yard for heaven's sake!!