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The Happiest Place on Earth

I may be a Disney Parks pro now, but it hasn’t always been that way. A little over 10 years ago, I went on my first trip to Disneyland. I couldn’t count the number of times I’ve been since, but that first visit is the most memorable. I took hundreds of pictures and ate at some of my favorite restaurants for the first time (Storytellers Café anyone?).

Growing up in West Texas, I was quite far from either Disney Park. As an 80s kid, I watched multiple TV families like the Lamberts and the Tanners taking their trips to Walt Disney World in the mid-1990s and wanted to do the same thing. My family usually only went to nearby Six Flags Over Texas or Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and there’s a big difference from a typical theme park and a Disney Park.

So, when I had graduated college and gotten my first full-time job, I started saving and planning for my first trip to a Disney Park. By this time, I had dreams of moving to California, so I made Disneyland my first visit. Honestly, I didn’t know much about Disneyland other than what I had seen on TV, and even most of that was about Walt Disney World. Arriving at the East Transit Plaza, I didn’t really know what to expect other than some Disney magic.

As I entered the main gate at Disneyland and stepped into the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy, I was transported into what now feels like home. The stories of my childhood came to life, and I was truly in the Happiest Place on Earth. Boarding a pirate ship on Peter Pan’s Flight was truly as awe-inspiring for me as it was for guests in the 1950s when the park first opened. I think the most memorable experience inside Disneyland Park was Walt Disney’s Parade of Dreams, which was created for the park’s 50th Anniversary in 2005. I took hundreds of pictures and loved every moment.

My first Disneyland parade, Walt Disney’s Parade of Dreams, March 27, 2008.

This trip instilled in me a true love of the immersive storytelling environments that Disney Parks create—truly taking you to places you couldn’t otherwise go. It’s that magic I hope to share with each family that comes to Mouseways for help with a vacation. I wish I had known a little more about how to make the most of my trip. I don’t think I got a single picture with Mickey then! I’ve more than made up for it over the years, and now get to share the magic of the parks with my son. I hope we can help you experience the magic like I did, but even better!


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Disney Cruise Line Delays Maiden Voyage Until July 14, 2022

Disney Cruise Line has unfortunately had to delay the maiden voyage of the Disney Wish to July 14, 2022. The shipyard has notified Disney Cruise Linethat despite their very best efforts, they will need more time to finish the ship due, in part, to the pandemic and particularly the arrival of the Omicron variant in Germany at a critical point in the process.