Off to Disneyland!
When the family is getting together to spend and reconnect time with each other, the alternatives available for gathering places are many. In the United States, undoubtedly one of the most popular attractions for families would have to be Disneyland. For many years, families have travel there: creating memories, having a good time, and valuing things both whimsical and magical.
But you couldn’t always run away into Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, and Frontierland like you can these days. In fact, before the park was made, that space was a blanket of orange groves. Park structure began in July of 1954, and was completed in just one year for opening day on Sunday, July 17, 1955.
And opening day undoubtedly brought some hiccups. It was hot, food vendors didn’t have enough food for everybody that arrived, and some rides had glitches. Regardless of the snags, however, the park’s success wasn’t impeded. After only one month, 20,000 people came through its gates every day, and that figure has only grown in the interim.
What about the man who created it? He had grit and tenacity that paid off if one thing is true about Walt Disney. He cared for high expectations and was lofty in all that he did. There were people who thought some of his ideas would never materialize. Turns out, some of those ideas turned into major successes, the greatest being the initial park that still bears his name today.
How did he do it, though? How did he establish one of the most famous attractions in the world? The answer has to do, at least in part, with the man’s need development and the potential he had to put things together to attain 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 reason to come back. And the nature of getting people to come back is presence and exposure, but it’s mostly something new to talk about.”
Disney’s journey began long before he was an adult. As a boy, he created an interest in drawing, working to improve his skill through practice. Eventually, this love affair led him to draw for his school’s newspaper as a teenager. During World War I, he attempted to enlist in the army but was disapproved because of his age. He chose not to be deterred, however, and after transforming 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 materialized in the creation of a theme park that became so major 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 characteristic of his is absolutely one of the reasons why Disneyland continues to be a famous meeting place for family reunions today. But whether your family is gone to Disneyland or Universal Studios, Six Flags or Hersheypark (or really some other place in between!), we’re confident you’ll need to arrange transportation for the group. When you want a way for everyone to travel together, enjoy one another’s company, and get from A to B as a group, we are the people to call. Let us serve to help you make this family reunion’s transportation experience the ideal yet!
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