Tend to love Disney more than your little siblings? Us too. Sarah Talty recounts her happiest days at Disney as an adult.
There are two types of people in this world; people who think that Disney is for everyone, and monsters. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re too old to go to Disneyland or Disneyworld. I’ve been to Disneyland Paris a few times as a kid and three years ago when I was 18. It was just as magical as when I was when I was a kid. I think Disney has a weird effect on everyone. It grips your attention as a kid and makes you believe in magic and a world where everything is amazing, and is still able to have the same affect when you’re an adult!
My sister and I went to Disneyland a few years ago with all our friends. When we were about five and six we’d gone to Disneyland with our parents and I swear we must have gone on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride 300 times. It was magical and amazing and we wanted everyone to experience it. So, all of our friends queued up for about 70 minutes, all the while getting more and more excited as we hyped it up. Then, when we finally got on the little boats and were brought around the dark tunnels filled with singing pirates, I braced myself for the massive drop and splash I remembered as a kid. It never came. Sure, there was a tiny dip and some little kids squealed but I sat patiently waiting for the real drop. It never came! The ride came to a stop shortly after. We were asked did we want to buy a photo of the moment of the tiny drop, in which I looked eager and hopeful and my friends looking bored and unimpressed. “Was that it? Who picked that ride?” a friend, who loved roller coasters more than life, fumed. I was actually devastated, and vowed never to hype up something I remembered as a child again.
But while some of the rides are definitely for kids, most of them can be enjoyed by adults too. And hey, now there’ll be no fear you won’t be tall enough for the ride. Disneyland has tons of amazing roller coasters, making it the perfect day out for thrill seeking adults. I am actually a massive chicken so when I went as an adult I held the coats of all my friends as they went on. But despite this I still had a magical day! Even if you don’t like the bigger rides there’s still loads to do.
It’s a Small World never disappoints, but you either love it or hate it. I’m not absolutely crazy about it but I don’t think you can come to Disneyland and not see it. It’s adorable, and the stereotypes brought up about your country are just the right amount of offensive that they’re actually funny. You always feel a swell of pride whenever you pass your country and the song is stuck in your head days later.
I can remember my time at Disneyland being spent begging my parents for pancakes shaped like Mickey’s head and stuffed animals. Now, as an adult myself, I realised how crazy expensive Disneyland is! I bought myself a Disney pen for about €3 and was delighted with my souvenir. If you want to eat, you’ll have to be prepared to wait in long queues and to spend quite a bit of money. Depending on the time of year you go, I would recommend getting a FASTPASS ticket. This will help you get through queues a whole lot faster, which is great if you’re just spending a day or two at the park.
There’s also Walt Disney Studio’s Park, which is dedicated to the movies. As an adult, it would probably be more enjoyable. There’s a ride I went on a few times as a kid, it’s a train ride where you get to experience special effects in movies, which includes fire and water. Obviously, it’s all very controlled and you feel the heat of the fire and you just get a bit splashed by the water. But as a child I was quite freaked out by it. My little sister, who was four years younger, screamed blue murder and was convinced we were going to be burnt alive. As an adult, I would probably be just as nervous.
While Disney is marketed towards kids, adults have just as much love for Disney. This would have been evident right away if you saw the live version of Beauty and the Beast in the past few weeks. Along with eager kids, movie theatres were also filled with equally excited young adults. We grew up watching Disney movies and something about the magic and innocence in them transports us back to our childhood where we believed anything is possible.
There’s something about the whole Disney experience that makes you feel like a kid again and it’s impossible not to get swept up in the excitement in the air. I honestly skipped at one stage I was so happy!