“Disneyland Dad’s Danceline” and Entering Disneyland

Rich in the volunteer dance team

Rich is on the far left in the reddish shirt. He was picked right off the bat to be in the “chorus line” by the Mad Hatter as we arrived. Just follow the Mad Hatter’s choreography and you too can have the nickname “Twinkle Toes”! 😉

-Carol Koster

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Greeting at the Train Arch

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Town Square at Disneyland looking up Main Street USA towards Sleeping Beauty Castle Easter morning March 23, 2008.

From the time Rich, Michael and I first entered the turnstyles to the time we were almost at Central Hub: a full hour! Part of that time in the “chorus line” with Mad Hatter, part if it getting my Premium Annual Pass activated (it is a photo I. D.) and part of it just marvelling!

“Marvelling? But that Castle is so small compared to WDW’s Magic Kingdom’s Sleeping Beauty Castle!” you might be thinking.

Yep, marvelling and processing. The disorientation after being so accustomed to then comparing WDW MK’s layout and scales vs. DL’s. How things change or remain the same after our 13 year absence since our last visit February 1995 (President’s Day week, for a 40th DL Anniversary Disneyana Covention and pre-opening if the Indiana Jones attraction). Marveling at the more humane scale and lush greenery of landscaping. Telling son about all these things. Just bringing our son, as my parents brought me. At the quality and colorfulness of the restoration for the 50th Annuversary for 2005.

I realized we were stopping every few feet, exclaiming, photographing, going “Oh my gosh!” “It’s different in Florida!” “It’s different in Florida, but this is better!” “Wait a minute, in Florida such and such is here at this point on Main Street, where is it here?”

This was our way to take everything in, process the differences and similarities and Imagineering creative process and enjoy just that as Disney fans.

When you travel, well, the saying goes that travel is broadening. You can’t think that all Disney parks are clones or rubber stamps of each other. Take the entirety of Disney parks, instead, and see how they are nuanced as to history and leadership decisions made over time.

What I relearned was that Walt Disney’s original wish to have his audiences live in his ideas was perfectly realized in Disneyland. It’s scale is humane. It’s not massive and overwhelming and over the top. Rather, one feels Main Street is a charming little town with quaint shops and side walk cafes. There are tall green lush trees. It’s comforting to fit into this scale. In fact several years ago an art exhbit about Disney architecture was titled “The art of reassurance”. This scale speaks to Walt wanting to provide his guests with a great time and so to come back again and again. The park at Disneyland is compact. So much you want to see and do are next to each other, nearby each other, not hoofing it far away or exhausting. The value of your time, energy and expense is enhanced. You feel excited to see and do so much in a compact space vs. WDW’s large scale.

As we toured the wisdom if this became apparent. What you lose because of no massive size you gain in attention to detail which isn’t duplicated in Florida.

The Castle nestles within the trees. You transition from your world into Walt’s, and that Castle gleams in the sunlight as much as the Florida one does. It’s just different. Sometimes different is OK when you take another angle of a look.

Spring landscaping in full flower. We saw a nursery where the former bandstand Disneyland gazebo is today, in Southern California flowers grow bigger, more colorful, they stand out in the California sun. After freeways and concrete a comforting building scale, lush green trees, a Castle in southwestern pastels and gilding and seasonal lovely flowers welcome you into the respite that Disneyland can be. The scale invigorates and invites.

We felt welcomed and at home here.

-Carol Koster

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1 Response to ““Disneyland Dad’s Danceline” and Entering Disneyland”


  1. 1 barbara foster July 6, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    That’s an interesting description of the different feel. It just doesnt come across to me in photos. I guess I’ll have to take the family there some day!


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