Wednesday, July 1, 2009


As this is posted I should be on day four or day five in the Happiest Place on Earth: Disneyland. The last time I went my kids were 3 and 1. Now we’ve added one and they are 10, 8, and 4. I wonder how they will love it . . .

The last time I was there, with babies and toddlers, it was a bit challenging. After four days the kids were tired. The last day they didn’t even care about riding rides. The kids cried and whined and it was miserable on the last day.

With all that misery, I found myself sad to be leaving and looking forward to the day when I could return. It made me wonder why. Why, with all the trouble of carting around 2 little kids and a HUGE stroller, would I ever want to return?

I have a theory: It’s in the music. That happy, jolly tune, that is a little too loud, that is always playing. Always. Does Disney rely on brainwashing? Is that how they keep it the “Happiest Place on Earth”? We all return or long to return (except for the serious deadbeat). Even my dream get-away with my husband involves Disneyland. It has to be the brainwashing . . . or it really is that great! What do you think?


  1. The one and only time I've been to Disneyland was when I was eight years old. I'm reluctant to go back because the memory is so good. It was this wild, long vacation (the kind my family rarely took). I remember my dad went on the teacups with me. Hated the teacups/loved that my dad was hanging with me.

  2. It's not just in the music, but Disney has cleverly placed subliminal messages in every movie they have ever made. You may think you are watching a fun movie about an old guy who makes his house fly away with balloons, but it's really the equivalent of a pitch for a great condo time-share.

  3. Disney is the master of marketing (and brainwashing), but you can't resist because kids love it and as the kids become grown-ups it becomes nostalgia. Pure genius!

  4. Hi... just happen to cross your site... I see that you also love Disney... me too...

    Im planning to go to Tokyo or Hong Kong Disney this Christmas. Hoho and I found some stuffs from Hong Kong Disneyland here as well:

    I will definitely take tones of photos there!!!

  5. Pictures are great, Minako! And welcome to the site! I would love to know if the different Disneylands across the world vary much from the original.