Why Un­for­get­table Hap­pens Here!

Out & About with Kids - - FRONT PAGE - Chris­tine Kane

Once upon a time … a lit­tle girl trav­elled from Aus­tralia with her fam­ily to a whole bunch of ex­otic and un­fa­mil­iar des­ti­na­tions around the world. Still too young to be well ac­quainted with ge­og­ra­phy, the jour­ney was mostly mem­o­rable for its wide-eyed mo­ments of dis­cov­ery and dis­ori­ent­ing mul­ti­ple time zones. Un­til one day, at the end of this giddy fam­ily odyssey, she ar­rived at a place she had heard of, and had al­ready dreamed of vis­it­ing. Gasp­ing and gaw­ping in breath­less sur­prise, won­der and an­tic­i­pa­tion, she took her first few steps into the Hap­pi­est Place on Earth …

My won­der­ful fairy­tale at Disneyland Cal­i­for­nia, and that of mil­lions of other kids and grown-ups, is all thanks to Walt Dis­ney cre­at­ing a truly fan­tas­tic and unique mag­i­cal desti­na­tion for fam­i­lies to ex­pe­ri­ence to­gether. Disneyland first sprang into our col­lec­tive imag­i­na­tions when the gates opened in Cal­i­for­nia in 1955 - and that news quickly trav­elled to Aus­tralia. For the next 60 years, ex­cited Aussie kids like me have per­pet­u­ally placed a trip to Disneyland on the top of their ‘one day’ list and, whether you make it there as a child, or have to wait un­til you’re all grown up, the sheer joy of that dream-cometrue is magic.

The un­match­able appeal of desti­na­tion Disneyland for all ages lies in the in­cred­i­ble real world man­i­fes­ta­tion of Walt Dis­ney’s imag­i­na­tion. Think about it. What a phe­nom­e­nal achieve­ment to cre­ate a place so al­lur­ing, that the de­sire to visit be­gins in child­hood and is not di­min­ished by the pass­ing of time.

Once upon a time … get­ting to Disneyland, USA might have seemed out of reach for many Aussie fam­i­lies but to­day we have such a wide choice of af­ford­able, reg­u­lar, di­rect flights from Aus­tralia to Los An­ge­les, and fan­tas­tic fam­ily pack­age deals on of­fer, the dream is more at­tain­able than it has ever been.

Con­stantly evolv­ing, the orig­i­nal Disneyland Cal­i­for­nia dream is now an im­mer­sive and un­be­liev­able Disneyland Re­sort ex­pe­ri­ence across two awe­some Parks: Disneyland Park and Dis­ney Cal­i­for­nia Ad­ven­ture Park, three beau­ti­ful ho­tel prop­er­ties and the ex­cit­ing en­ter­tain­ment, din­ing and re­tail fun of the Down­town Dis­ney District, all set on a sprawl­ing 200 ha.

If you can be­lieve it (and you can), a hol­i­day at Disneyland Re­sort is in­com­pa­ra­ble. It’s the stuff of Once Upon A Time, and fairy­tales and hap­pi­ness and mem­o­ries. Whether you are 8 months, 8 years, 18, 48 or 80 … once you step into this world it is im­pos­si­ble to deny that magic hap­pens here,

fam­ily hap­pens here, the un­for­get­table hap­pens here – it’s a pow­er­ful thing.

Once upon a time … a fam­ily ar­rived at Disneyland Re­sort. They had a choice of three spec­tac­u­lar Dis­ney ho­tels - the newly-ren­o­vated iconic Disneyland Ho­tel, the colour­ful ‘day at the beach’-themed Dis­ney’s Par­adise Pier Ho­tel or the lux­ury of Dis­ney’s Grand Cal­i­for­nian Ho­tel & Spa. They in­dulged in unique guest ex­pe­ri­ences in­clud­ing Char­ac­ter Din­ing, shar­ing a yummy meal and plenty of fun with their favourite Dis­ney friends.

They ex­plored all of the ad­mis­sion-free en­ter­tain­ment, din­ing and shop­ping of the high­en­ergy Down­town Dis­ney District right on their doorstep, with snack stops and restau­rants, bou­tiques, art, gifts and en­ter­tain­ment and the World of Dis­ney, one of the big­gest Dis­ney shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ences on earth!

The fam­ily climbed aboard the Disneyland Mono­rail in the Down­town Dis­ney District, tak­ing in jaw-drop­ping views of the Parks, from above and beyond, pass­ing through Fan­ta­sy­land and To­mor­row­land in Disneyland Park and Con­dor Flats, Buena Vista Street and Hol­ly­wood Land in Dis­ney Cal­i­for­nia Ad­ven­ture Park.

And to­gether - par­ents, chil­dren, grand­chil­dren, grand­par­ents, friends, cousins, aunts and un­cles - they walked through the mag­i­cal En­trance to Disneyland Park.

… and … oh! Where to start? Main Street, U.S.A., Ad­ven­ture­land, Fron­tier­land, New Or­leans Square, Crit­ter Coun­try, Fan­ta­sy­land, Mickey’s Toon­town or To­mor­row­land? Within, they dis­cov­ered over 60 Disneyland at­trac­tions whose names they knew so well - Pi­rates of the Caribbean, Haunted Man­sion, Jun­gle Cruise, Space Moun­tain Ghost Galaxy, Walt Dis­ney’s En­chanted Tiki Room, “it’s a small world,” Mat­ter­horn Bob­sleds, Find­ing Nemo Sub­ma­rine Voy­age and In­di­ana Jones Ad­ven­ture.

Is that Elsa from ‘Frozen’ wav­ing and smil­ing their way? Oh, and here comes Mickey to shake hands and pose for a selfie!

And then the ex­cite­ment, right across the road, of Dis­ney Cal­i­for­nia Ad­ven­ture Park, trav­el­ling through Hol­ly­wood Land, “a bug’s land,” Pa­cific Wharf, Par­adise Pier, Griz­zly Peak, Con­dor Flats and the spec­tac­u­lar 12-acre Cars Land, in­spired by the Ra­di­a­tor Springs set­ting of the Dis­ney Pixar movie “Cars.”

Soarin’ Over Cal­i­for­nia – they ex­pe­ri­enced a breath­tak­ing vir­tual hang-glid­ing tour over some of the state’s most amaz­ing land­marks and scenic won­ders, be­fore en­ter­ing the 4D world of game­play that is Toy Story Ma­nia!, and thrilling to the twists and turns of the

Cal­i­for­nia Screamin’ roller coaster. It was im­pos­si­ble to fit in every­thing in one day. But they knew that an­other to­mor­row was just a sweet dream away.

They shared their end­less happy snaps, be­cause who could miss a mo­ment? They all talked at once, and ex­cit­edly, about their favourite at­trac­tions, and the best game plan for ex­plor­ing more of the Parks the next day. Happy, they re­tired to their Dis­ney-themed room, and drifted off to sleep on a trail of Disneyland fairy dust …

So, if you are still wish­ing on a star why not make this fairy­tale real, and grab a slice of the un­for­get­table Disneyland Re­sort, for you, and your fam­ily - be­cause we all know dreams re­ally can come true … and al­low a min­i­mum of 3-5 days at Disneyland Re­sort to make sure you don’t miss a thing!

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