Disney California Adventure Through the Eyes of a California Girl
I grew up in California. When I was little, we lived in a tiny ranching community in the mountains just south of Oregon. I spent my middle years in Los Angeles (talk about culture shock!), before moving out to the valley just before high school. I may have lived in the flatlands of Illinois for my adult life, but deep down, I’m still a California girl. It’s just not the kind of thing you grow out of! I left for the Midwestern hinterlands in the fall of 2000, about 6 months before Disney California Adventure opened its doors.
At the time, I thought it was ridiculous to build a California-themed park in California. Dude, if you’re visiting Cali anyway, so go see the actual Golden Gate Bridge, not some industry mock-up! Tourists….. (yeah, that’s the valley accent coming out. Totally.)
Ok, I kinda get it now.
Disney California Adventure isn’t about seeing an entire state in 8 hours. It’s about celebrating and evoking the spirit of California, the place where so many dreams got their start. When I see the pictures of Disney California Adventure, I see so many iconic images from my childhood as I remember them – better and more perfect than they actually are.
Someday, I’ll take my kids to the real California. But I might just take them to Disney California Adventure first 🙂
Until then, I’ll share A Day at Disney California Adventure in a minute and a half:
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