I know Disneyland...and I'll share it with you!

See that cute little girl in the picture? That's me, at 3 years old, and Disneyland is just a year older than me. That was one of my first documented trips to Disneyland, and I've been going there many, many times every year for over 50 years (with a few exceptions when I was too far away at college and when I was married to a non-Disney-loving spouse. The horror of that, right?).  I love that my mom and I were both wearing dresses in this picture! 

Long ago, a separate ticket was required for each ride or attraction... Can you believe that for $7.50 you could ride 15 rides? The best rides required an "E" ticket, so we always had to buy more of those. Little booths were scattered through the park selling tickets.

Long ago, a separate ticket was required for each ride or attraction... Can you believe that for $7.50 you could ride 15 rides? The best rides required an "E" ticket, so we always had to buy more of those. Little booths were scattered through the park selling tickets.

I grew up in Los Angeles, California, about 35 minutes from Disneyland, as the only child of a single mom (She & Dad divorced when I was a toddler).  Mom was a public school teacher, so we both had summer vacations, as well as spring and winter breaks to go to Disneyland (usually taking my best friend too). We also had relatives who visited us from northern California a few times every year and they always wanted to go to the Disneyland. Never enough visits to the Happiest Place on Earth, right? 

The TV show that helped fund Disneyland's construction. Photo credit: Wikipedia

The TV show that helped fund Disneyland's construction.

Photo credit: Wikipedia

I grew up watching Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color television show (always on Sunday nights at 7 pm), and most of the children's movies from about 1957.  Mary Poppins was a favorite, so my grandmother made a Mary Poppins doll for me, complete with boots, bloomers, a felt coat, a carpetbag. and yarn hair styled like Julie Andrews' in the movie.  As I grew up, I watched Disneyland mature, expand, change, and morph into the Disneyland Resort.  I moved to Ventura County in 1981, and visit the Parks at least two days per month. 

After hand surgery in 2008, I received physical therapy treatments from a dear woman: Mary at Las Cruces Hand Therapy (in Ventura) who became a good friend and one of my BDBs (Best Disney Buddies). I went many times to Disneyland and California Adventure with her and her two daughters and I bought my first Disneyland Resort Annual pass in 2008 too.  I've had one ever since. I have friends who ask why I don't just move to Anaheim so I can go more often. Other friends just don't get why I love the parks so much. And still others refuse to go to the Parks because they only remember how crowded the parks were when they went there on busy weekends many years ago.  (I've got the secrets to finding days when the Parks aren't very crowded...read this and this to find out.)

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I  visit the Disneyland Resort (DLR for short) about twice per month, sometimes as two-day trips. Some trips with friends; others are solo trips. I've gone with big groups (11 was the biggest), smaller groups (2-3 is typical) and by myself.  Keeping up with Disneyland attractions and events is a big job...and I love it! I'm happy to share my secrets with you ... just don't tell anyone else, ok?

By the way, the photo above shows a ride and a restaurant that no longer exist at Disneyland. Can you name them?

By the way, the photo above shows a ride and a restaurant that no longer exist at Disneyland. Can you name them?