Disneyland (California) Compliment - I will never forget this day at Disneyland
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA -- Dear Disneyland,
I need to tell you about the very best time I and my family had at your Disneyland Park, and it's all thanks to the Characters.
My name is Jeffrey and my family is my wife, Jill, and my children, Jenna (5 years old) and Jake (8 months old). My very first trip to Disneyland was last January 2009 when my wife and I took our daughter, Jenna. That was four months before our son, Jake, was born and we adopted him (we adopted him at birth).
I knew I was going to be in Newport Beach for half the week in January 2009 at a conference for the Alzheimer’s Association. I am a Board Member of the Alzheimer’s Association, NYC Chapter, and was attending the conference. I added days to the trip at the beginning of the week and brought my wife and daughter, to have a mini vacation. We wanted to bring our daughter to Disneyland. We had a trip scheduled to Disney World coming up in April 2009, so wanted to bring Jenna to Disneyland to “see how she did”. She did beautifully. Needless to say, we had a glorious time at Disneyland and a fabulous time at Disney World. So much so that when I go to Anaheim this February 3, 2010, with my wife and daughter, again for a conference with the Alzheimer’s Association, we’re going to go back to Disneyland on February 3, 2010.
But, I wanted to tell you a story from our trip to Disneyland which sums up why it is the Magic Kingdom, and why our love for Disney will forever be sealed in our hearts.
My daughter, who very much loves the Disney princesses (she thinks she’s Cinderella), and watches their movies over and over again, was very excited to see the Disney Princesses area at Disneyland. When we arrived at the Disney Princesses, I probably don’t need to tell you this, but it is set up as one long booth with each Princess set up in her own “vignette” in a row. As I said, my daughter thinks she’s Cinderella so was overly excited to meet Cinderella, but the hostess told us that Cinderella was not one of the Princesses there at the time.
One of the Princesses that Jenna did meet, however, was Snow White. When Jenna turned the corner for the last booth and saw Snow White, my daughter’s face turned into one giant smile. Especially because Snow White was already sitting on the ground, at my daughter’s height, and was already holding her arms out for a big hug. My daughter ran into Snow White’s arms for that hug and didn’t move. Snow White and Jenna talked about Snow White’s movie, and the park, and all that Jenna had seen that day. Snow White said goodbye to Jenna and gave her another hug and kiss. Jenna said she loved meeting Snow White, but still remarked that Cinderella must have been too busy.
I spoke to the hostess and asked her if she knew when Cinderella would return, but she didn’t know the Princesses’ schedules. She suggested that we do something in the area and when we passed that way again to catch her attention. At that time, she would be able to tell us whether or not Cinderella had returned. We took her advice and when we later passed by, she motioned to us that Cinderella was there and that we should get on line fast. We did, not fully telling Jenna why, but only telling her that we might as well see the Princess again.
When it was Jenna’s turn to enter the booth, the first Princess Jenna met that time was Mulan (Mulan was not there the first time). Mulan, like Snow White, greeted Jenna with a big hug and they had a nice talk.
This is the point in the story when it becomes magical. Mulan then told Jenna that she knew that Jenna had a favorite Princess. Jenna told Mulan yes, that it was Cinderella (Mulan didn’t appear too hurt by this honest admission). Well, Mulan told Jenna that Cinderella was there and that Mulan was going to introduce them. Before our very eyes, and without us even knowing what was happening, Mulan stood up, took my daughter by the hand, and walked her into the next booth to meet Cinderella. There, Mulan introduced Cinderella to Jenna, who was absolutely mesmerized. I, videotaping all of this, was in tears. I could not believe what lengths these actors were going through to make my daughter happy. Now, I know that you’re probably thinking that it really was no big deal for Mulan to stand up and walk my daughter to Cinderella, but in my daughter’s eyes it was the best part of the day. In my eyes, it was the best part of the day. And, it was exactly what you expect from Disney.
But, it doesn’t end there. After Jenna met Cinderella and moved down the line, again the last princess was Snow White. In fact, it was the same Snow White as before. When my daughter turned the corner for the second time, Snow White dropped to her knees, opened her arms again, and exclaimed “Jennaaaa! I knew you’d come back to see me!” I was absolutely floored.
I have to say, that with the exception of my wedding day, the birth of my daughter, and the birth (and eventual adoption) of my son, that was probably the very best day of my life. Simply because I saw the joy on my daughter’s face and knew that she would never forget the time she met the Disney Princesses. She still talks about it. She talks about how Mulan and she are friends, that Cinderella “knows her special”, and how Snow White remembered her.
We are very excited to see the Princesses again when we return to Disneyland on February 3, 2010. As I said, I am returning for another Alzheimer’s Association conference and added a day to the trip just so we can bring Jenna back to Disneyland. We left Jake at home with my parents – he’ll be coming back with us when he’s older. I expect that our next visit to Disneyland will be just as magical as our first.
Like I said, I just wanted you to know how much your parks mean to us and how magical it is to see it in our children’s eyes. I’ve been to Disney World many times, both as a child and later as I grew up. But, this was the first time I went to Disneyland and the first time in any of your parks for my daughter. I cannot thank you enough, and I will never be able to sufficiently express my awe and gratitude to the Princess for what they did for my daughter that day.