The trip to Southern California was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. I had grown up with Disney but have always been fascinated with the history of the company. As I’m approaching my final year at Falmouth University, I wanted to write about how Disneyland can immerse you in worlds unimaginable for my dissertation. This trip would be the perfect opportunity to do just that.
I had planned to coincide the trip with the launch of Disney’s newest land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The billion-dollar land is centred around a remote outpost on the planet of Batuu. It features beautifully hand-crafted rock work, a life-sized Millennium Falcon and a 0 custom Lightsaber building experience. It was a fascinating look at where theme parks are going, but it was also incredibly fun. However, I was most excited to go to Disneyland, where it all started. The park is filled with endless charm. Wondering around, it’s hard to believe that this was the place that started it all.
I was also fortunate to be invited to the Walt Disney Studios, where many of Disney’s classic films were made. It was awe-inspiring to see the buildings where Mary Poppins, Sleeping Beauty and Peter Pan were made. But the most incredible part was being able to spend time in the Walt Disney Archives, looking at historical animation cells, awards and props.
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