Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. turns 65 years old today - the traditional retirement age in the United States. So perhaps it's fitting that the park is taking the day off.
This wasn't the anniversary celebration that anyone imagined for Disney's original theme park. Today was supposed to be the day of Disneyland's grand return - the park's first day back since closing on March 14 in response to the Covid pandemic. But the infection rate kept getting worse in California, and the state declined to approve plans for theme parks' return.
So today, 65 years after future President Ronald Reagan welcomed America into into Walt Disney's original Magic Kingdom, its gates remain closed.
What kind of world has this become, with Disneyland closed? It's a bit ironic to ask that, because Disneyland was designed as a place where we could step out from today's world, to enjoy a different time and place.
"Here you leave today and enter the world yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy," the sign says as you walk under the Disneyland Railroad and on to Main Street USA. Yes, the modern Disneyland has grown far beyond Walt's initial vision. These days, Disneyland is as much a collection of IP as anything else.
But an IP, at its heart, is a story. And the stories that resonate - the stories that make the cut for inclusion in Disneyland - are the ones that tell us something about ourselves. They show us our longings, our fears, our hopes.
And it's that hope that sustains us in trying and confusing times... even when Disneyland is closed. So let's celebrate this birthday, wherever we are and however we can. Because Disneyland exists, even if you only can visit it online right now.
To that end, let's do it. Please enjoy some of our in-park POV videos from Disneyland. Let's start with the top-rated ride in the park, the new Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
Enjoy a Grand Circle Tour of the park on the Disneyland Railroad.
And a trip around the new Rivers of American on the Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes.
Time for the wildest ride in the wilderness, on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Need more roller coaster thrills? Let's go with the OG, on the Matterhorn Bobsleds.
Time to relax with a performance from the Disneyland Band.
Did you get to see the new Magic Happens parade, which only got a couple weeks in the park before everything closed?
Let's wrap the day with a performance of Fantasmic!
But don't forget to eat! Here's how to make Disneyland's classic Monte Cristo sandwich at home.Tweet
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