Over a month or so ago, my family was throwing about the idea of a holiday to America and specifically, California. We scrapped it in the end due to family circumstances and the like but I got to thinking about Disneyland and what I would have loved to experience on such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity trip. When it is on my mind, I can see myself doing exactly what I do with Disneyland Paris – walk under the Disneyland railroad and stand at the top of Main Street USA, thinking about how to fill a day in the park. I’d do a gentle saunter around the park, taking in the atmosphere and loving the feel of being there for the first time. I also might interact with a couple of characters and most likely experience some of the attractions not found in Disneyland Paris.
Hopefully, I will one day fulfil the dream of visiting Disneyland but until then, I will have to listen to music and hear people talk about the park attractions they love the most. I will also have to keep thinking of attractions I would love to experience and wish Disneyland Paris would have for themselves. Luckily enough, we’re about to dive into 5 of them!
Splash Mountain (Critter Country)
A classic attraction to open in 1989! It is also the attraction I’m surprised Disney constructed and opened in both Disneyland and WDW given the controversy surrounding Song of the South as a film. Anyway, it is a well-known classic attraction and I would love to be immersed in a fictional world we Disney fans rarely see promoted. Secondly I have always loved log-flume attractions so it would be really fun! I think this would also be one of the first attractions of my day in Disneyland because if I subsequently get wet – knowing me that’s a very high probability – I could carry on walking around Disneyland knowing that the California sun would help to dry me out.
The Jungle Cruise
One of the big bonuses in terms of this attraction is its accessibility. My sister and I can traverse the river, explore jungle surroundings and understand everything the skipper is saying because we can be joined by Sign Language interpreter. YAY! I don’t have to make myself look silly by fumbling over signs and quips the Jungle Cruise is famous for!
Mr Toad’s Wild Ride
I have multiple reasons for wanting to ride this:
- It’s based on a classic animated short we don’t really see much of nowadays
- It is unique to Disneyland now that the same attraction in WDW has been replaced. It is also one of the original opening day attractions still running.
- I’m curious to see how Imagineers imagined the English countryside and Manor House setting – mainly, does it conform to stereotypes?
The Disneyland Story Presenting Great Moments With Mr Lincoln
One of the reasons why I want to go to Disneyland in particular is for the history, so of course I will be wanting to soak up that history in every way possible. As well as understanding why Walt Disney admired Abraham Lincoln, I get to walk round exhibits and artefacts showcasing the development and concept of Disneyland. I’ll never want to get out of there!
The Matterhorn Bobsleds
Rollercoasters are not always my thing but they are attractions I would like to fully conquer one day. I feel like The Matterhorn Bobsleds would be a good starting point, especially with the immersion Disney is famous for. Secondly, I’d love to be someone who can say I’ve experienced the first ever tubular steel rollercoaster in the world. With an attraction as unique as that in Disneyland, I wouldn’t be able to bypass it.
As I said above, one day I will make it out to Disneyland and experience everything it has to offer. Until then I will just have to dream and satisfy my need by listening to park music or writing up posts like these.
If you’ve never been to Disneyland, what park attractions would you like to experience?
If you’re lucky enough to have made the trip, what are your favourite attractions (classic or new)?
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!