One of the things that kept me busy this weekend was a family trip to Disneyland. You gotta love that place. But it is sort of weird.
For example, they have switched the Haunted Mansion over to a Nightmare Before Christmas theme…
Now don’t get me wrong. It was awesome. But I can’t help but wondering if the smaller children are going to be just a little freaked out by mixing coffin-shaped presents and black wreathes with giant snakes and a scary Santa Claus.
I mean a guy who watches you when you sleep and sneaks down your chimney is already a little creepy. Turn in him into something more sinister and you might have trouble getting the young kids to sleep at all on Christmas eve.
But aside from the horrible emotional scarring… or scaring?… of our children, there is something magical about Disneyland. Sure, it is a huge, megalithic corporate monstrosity, but Republicans say those are people too, right? And there is a lot of stuff they do that borders on the magical.
But I do sort of hate the new California Adventure park. Not so much the park itself, but the fact that they built it in the Disneyland parking lot instead of the unused land at the back of Disneyland. Am I the only one who finds this a little cynical on their part? They could have included the new rides in the old theme park. But now you have to stay an extra day to see it all. And you have to park farther away.
At the end of the day, there is no place on Earth that combines reality and pure imagination in the way that Disney does…