"Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world." - Walt Disney
Just as Walt intended, Disneyland is always changing, updating, and growing to meet the wants and needs of its guests. I usually welcome the changes (reimagining of California Adventure, anyone?). But there are always a few things I'd love to see come back. Here are my top five! What are yours?
Riding in the sky above Disneyland and going through that Matterhorn was the perfect way to get from Fantasyland to Tomorrowland while resting your feet. Plus, there was that moment of panic as you were loading into/unloading from your bucket where you thought you might not make it! I don't know about you, but for me as a kid that qualified it as a thrill ride!
4. Country Bear Jamboree
15 minutes of beautiful air conditioning as animatronic bears and mounted, stuffed heads serenaded you. Perfection!
I'm so bummed this one couldn't just be rethemed like other rides in California Adventure! There was an awesome feeling when you got to the top and your seat started the long fall back down before your body did. I miss that!
2. Rocket Jets
The Astro Orbitor is fun and gets a great view of the castle, but it's no Rockets! You had to take a loud, metallic elevator way up above Tomorrowland before loading into your rocket and going even higher into the sky. It was amazing! And since that weird satellite thing just plays music and spins once in a while on top of the abandoned Rocket Rods track, I don't see why we can't bring the old thrill back!
1. Electrical Parade
The lights! The floats! The electronic Baroque Hoedown! This was the best parade Disneyland ever had! I was holding out hope they'd bring it back for the 60th, but Paint the Night does look pretty spectacular.
Pro tip if you find yourself watching the Electrical Parade at Disney World: call out to everyone! Characters (major and minor), dancers, snails. Everyone who passes by. You'll love the reactions you get.