Since I finished Star Runners: Dark Space, I thought I needed to celebrate by going to Disneyland!
Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration. My wife had business in California a few miles from Disneyland, and we decided to have me join her for her birthday at the end of her business trip. I hadn't been to the park in 30 years, and she had never been, so we decided to go on a whirlwind trip to see Mickey's first theme park.
The strange thing about going on such an epic but brief journey is I feel like I'm spending much of today allowing my brain to catch up with my body. Did we really just do that? As I sit here in my office, I keep asking, "was I really 3,000 miles away yesterday?"
Walking into the park after so many years was quite literally like experiencing a tangible moment from my childhood. I rode many of the same rides I did when I was a child. Flying with Peter Pan over London was just as magical as I remember. The Pirates of the Carribean Ride was ridiculously cool (and much more than I remembered). The Indiana Jones Ride certainly didn't disappoint, either.
Of course, the highlight for me was all things Star Wars. The Launch Bay was too cool with impressive models of spacecraft. Star Tours had received a nice upgrade since I rode years ago. I couldn't stop smiling.
Check out my little gallery below.
Despite the endless crowds filling the streets and the long lines, we had a great time (literally) in Fantasyland. I felt as if I were walking in the past and present at the same time. Strolling down each lane of the park reminded me of when I went with my parents and little brother. I couldn't help it. They were right there with me each step of the way. It's weird and hard to describe how sentimental the trip was for me.
I can't believe we actually did something so spontaneous. It was so worth it.
Let me close my little rambling post with something you already know: Life is short. If you can get away for little spur-of-the-moment getaways, do it! Make the memories. You won't regret it. We all get stuck in our routines, locked into life's script until the years start to pass us by. I think it's so essential we break out from time-to-time and see what's out there.
For now, it's back to writing.