13 Nov Off to Disneyland!
When the relatives is getting together to reconnect and spend time together, the choices available for gathering places are numerous. In the United States, undoubtedly one of the most popular attractions for families would have to be Disneyland. For decades, families have vacationed there: making memories, enjoying, and appreciating things both whimsical and magical.
But you couldn’t always get out into Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, and Frontierland like you can today. As a matter of fact, before the park was made, that space was a blanket of orange groves. Park structure initiated in July of 1954, and was completed in just one year for opening day on Sunday, July 17, 1955.
And opening day certainly brought some hiccups. It was hot, food vendors didn’t have enough food for everyone that came, and some rides had glitches. Despite the snags, however, the park’s success wasn’t hindered. After only one month, 20,000 people came through its gates every day, and that figure has only grown in the interim.
But what about the man who designed it? If one thing is true about Walt Disney, he had grit and tenacity that paid off. He kept high expectations and was ideal in all that he did. There were people who thought some of his ideas would never materialize. But, turns out, some of those ideas became major successes, the greatest being the initial park that still bears his name today.
How did he do it? How did he develop one of the most well-known attractions in the world? The answer has to do, at least in part, with the man’s need development and the capability he had to put things together to achieve the perfect combination. Harrison Price, a man that worked closely with Disney, said this: “Walt … said …’ I dream that one day, nobody arrives. That’s my nightmare.’ He knew that the show had to be fresh, that there had to be a new factor to come back. And the nature of getting people to come back is recognition and exposure, but it’s mostly something new to talk about.”
Disney’s journey began long before he was an adult, though. As a boy, he created an interest in drawing, working to enhance his skill through practice. Eventually, this love affair direct him to draw for his school’s newspaper as a teenager. During World War I, he attempted to enlist in the army but was declined because of his age. He chose not to be deterred, however, and after altering the date on his birth certificate, drove ambulance for the Red Cross. Even in war, his drawing ability was displayed when he made use of the side of his rig.
Several years later, in 1928, Mickey Mouse was conceived by Ub Iwerks and Disney, the character that would become synonymous with Disneyland almost three decades later. And then, his dreams appeared in the creation of a theme park that became so great it’s known throughout the world, and he oversaw every aspect of it.
Even though he lived to see the success of the initial park, he died in 1966 at age 65 from lung cancer. The magic he created lives on today, and if you watch one of his beloved animated classics or walk through the gates into the park itself, you’ll feel it. He had a gift, and Rolly Crump, one of Walt’s imagineers, put it this way: “This was Walt’s secret: he went over everybody with everything that he did.”
That aspect of his is definitely one of the reasons why Disneyland keeps on be a prominent gathering place for family reunions today. But whether your family is headed to Disneyland or Universal Studios, Six Flags or Hersheypark (or really any other place in between!), we’re sure you’ll need to organize transportation for the group. When you want a way for everyone to travel together, take joy in each other’s company, and get from A to B as a group, we are the people to call. Let us help you make this family reunion’s transportation experience the best!
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