Sunday, May 1, 2011

Disneyland Los Angeles 1964

Continuing their journey from New York, my grandparents arrived in Los Angeles International Airport. We could easily recognize the airport’s Theme Building which looks like an arch.

Visiting Disneyland in Anaheim (Orange County, California) could be a totally new experience for my grandparents. As the Disneyland was still in the progress of expanding its “lands” (themed areas), it only consisted of five themed lands when my grandparents were there: Main Street USA, Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland.

From the pictures below, we could see the Sleeping Beauty Castle at the far end of Main Street USA, where on the street itself we could find many specialty stores, such as a candy store, jewelry and watch shop, a store that sells Disney collectable items, and many others.

Frontierland recreates the setting of pioneer days along the American frontier. According to Walt Disney, "All of us have cause to be proud of our country's history, shaped by the pioneering spirit of our forefathers. Our adventures are designed to give you the feeling of having lived, even for a short while, during our country's pioneer days." Speaking of national pride, my grandma was still glued to her kebaya.

And on the Skyway to Tomorrowland, my grandma looks scared of heights.

One of Disneyland's signature attractions is its monorail service, which opened in Tomorrowland in 1959 as the first daily-operating monorail train system in the Western Hemisphere. The monorail was originally built with one station in Tomorrowland. Its track was extended and a second station opened at the Disneyland Hotel in 1961.

My grandparents ended their American journey with a vacation in Hawaii. Here’s my grandma in front of Honolulu International Airport.

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