Walking With Walt – My Favorite Moments in Disneyland

Walking With Walt – My Favorite Moments in Disneyland by Guest Blogger Arielle Boardman

Walt-380x285If you know me, you know that Disneyland is HOME. I feel more at peace on Main Street in Disneyland than in my own town. Some of my favorite memories are those where you can feel Walt right there with you.

My favorite thing to do is walk down Main Street right at opening. Especially when it’s not a busy day. I love to just walk slowly down Main Street taking in the gorgeous day, listening to the families around me plan out their day. I love seeing first timers seeing the castle for the first time, hearing the excitement in their voice when they see Mickey and Minnie greeting guests. I like to not rush, so I keep to the side allowing those who want to hurry and get to Space Mountain to run past. I always imagine what it would be like to walk down the street with Walt. he must have some great stories to share.

At night right before closing, I like to get an ice cream cone from Main Street and sit on the benches that are on the bridge of the castle and just relax. Sometimes if it’s really calm you can hear Snow White singing by her wishing well. It’s so serene. Parents are pushing the little ones who fell asleep in their strollers. They are clutching to their little Mickey plushes while they dream about the exciting day they had. I absolutely love this time in the park. And it’s one of those moments that you just feel Walt with you.

In California Adventures we have a tradition of getting a frozen lemonade and sitting in The Art of Animation and watch the film clips over and over until our lemonade is gone. Usually we can sit in there for hours and hours. I love watching the different Disney movie clips and watching how Disney movies have progressed over the years! Sometimes it can get a little busy, but I still find it really relaxing!

Now I’m all for the excitement that Disneyland brings. I love the crazy rollercoasters and usually I’m pretty hyper in the parks, but I love the calm and quiet moments that people don’t usually experience in the parks. I consider these places my happy place! And if you find yourself in the park soon, I hope you can have some of these experiences as well, it’s a great break from all the hustle and bustle!

Do you have a spot in any of the parks that is where you can just feel calm and peaceful? Have you had any moments in the parks where you could just feel like you were walking with Walt? If you could walk with Walt in the parks what rides would you want to ride with him or what questions would ask him?

Arielle Boardman loves writing, Disney and writing about Disney. It is her dream to spend her days writing about the mouse while laying on the beach and enjoying a dole whip. Until then she’ll scrape the ice and snow off of her windshield and work in marketing and sales coordinating. At least she has the woodland animals to help clean her house.


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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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