I truly wonder sometimes, what our forefathers would say about the ways in which we celebrate our birthdays. Back in the Old West, a child was lucky to receive a homemade scarf, socks or a new book as a birthday gift. Little girls would be overjoyed to receive a new frilly dress or a doll. Boys would love shining new boots or a toy.
Their celebrations were usually after school and perhaps their mama would cook them up something special like apple pie or peach cobbler. Maybe they’d have kin join them and even a few close friends.
I thought about this as I entered Disneyland on my birthday a few weeks ago. Good old Walt wasn’t about to let the economy get in the way of his success. (Okay not Walt, but I tend to think of him looking down at his theme park with that sweet smile of his). Californians who come to Disneyland on their exact birthday get in FREE. That’s the deal.
I warned my dear hubby months prior that that’s what we’d do on my birthday. He had no complaints and sweet guy that he is, he took the day off from work. It happened to be the day of Michael Jackson’s funeral and traffic on the LA freeway is always horrendous, but especially so this day.
Traffic and my hubby are not friends.
I worried about the drive so we took the long way around and when we arrived at Disneyland without a problem, I let go a silent sigh of relief. I knew it was going to be a good day.
Disneyland really is the happiest place on earth. They gave me a button to wear with my name it and every Disney employee in the park wished me a happy birthday when they saw me. What’s even more fun is that you see all the other people with YOUR SAME BIRTHDAY and you wish each other a happy birthday by name. I was so tickled when a little boy came up to me and said, “Happy birthday, Charlene.”
I immediately squinted at his button and returned, “Happy birthday, Adam.”
How novel an idea … and how Disney of them to think of it.
The day was magical and musical and the kid in me came out to play. We went on our favorite rides, including Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean. BTW – I counted 3 Johnny Depps as Captain Jack Sparrow – a new addition to the attraction.
The Matterhorn still scared the stuffing out of me and I enjoyed the lyrical, relaxing It’s A Small World ride just as much as when I was a kid. We watched Minnie and Mickey during the Dance Parade from our spot in the shade and I grabbed for confetti shot into the air in the shape of little Mickeys. Imagine that!
The highlight of my day came when we got off the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and my hubby suggested we eat lunch at the Blue Bayou Restaurant, a classy little place inside the actual Pirates attraction, waterside with crickets chirping and twinkling lights shining. The entire place was designed with 1800 Louisiana in mind. It’s the most romantic and popular place to eat in Disneyland. To my surprise, we were let in without reservations (people call days in advance to get to eat here). Maybe it was my “birthday button.”
The Monte Cristo sandwich is to die for. No one makes it like the Blue Bayou and of course, dear hubby and I both ordered one and filled our bellies. Next came the birthday surprise dessert. Chocolate mousse or should I say chocolate mouse- they served the mousse with chocolate Mickey ears!
All in all, it was a wonderful way to celebrate and as I walked through Frontierland I wondered what the old west pioneers would have thought of Thunder Mountain, Tom Sawyer’s Island and the rifle shooting galleries. Could they ever conceive of the notion of a theme park?
Are you a kid at heart too? Have you ever been to Disneyland? Any adventures to speak of and what’s your favorite ride? Or do you have other theme parks in your area that really tickle your fancy?
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