Walking In Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps

disney-tour-photoMy mom recently loaned me a book called, “The Story of Walt Disney.”  I had been interested in reading a book about him (having just started investing in Disneyland annual passes), but hadn’t found the right one.  This book was written from the point of view of his daughter, Diane Disney Miller. Walt Disney’s story interests me because he was so imaginative.  My husband and I recently took the “Walk In Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” tour and we had the opportunity to learn about his personal history as well as about the park itself.  One of my favorite parts of Walk was the tour of the Disneyland Dream Suite, located above the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.  It was actually built at Walt’s request, although he died before its completion.  One of the things I enjoyed most about the suite was the balcony that overlooked the lagoon where the Mark Twain Riverboat is docked.  It allows you to enjoy all of the action from afar.  I also appreciated some of the touches added to the suite that made it just a little more special.  I won’t give away all of the surprises, but there were some pretty cool things that happened at the flip of a switch (surprises having to do with toy trains and stars on the ceiling).  Maybe that’s why Disneyland is such a cool place, to me.  There is so much thought and consideration put into the details.  Here is an excerpt from the book:

“I didn’t realize what my father did for a living until I was six.  Then a playmate at school told me.
That night when Father came home he flopped down into his easy chair.  I approached him with awe.  He didn’t look famous to me.
I asked, “Are you Walt Disney?”
“You know I am,” he said.
The Walt Disney?” I insisted.”
– The Story of Walt Disney by Diane Disney Miller

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