Kaunotar ja Hirviö
Autot ja Autot 2
Toy Story 1-3
(Toki näiden lisäksi myös muiden tuottajien animaatioita kuten Kungfu panda, Rango, Puss in boots, Over the Hedge jne)
/ I visited Disneyland last weekend. I’ve never felt the need to go - this was my first visit. Sure, there’s Disney films that moved me. But they are the ones I saw when I was a kid, you know: Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Hercules, Mulan… Now of course I watch a lot of Disney with my son: Cars, Toy Story, Bolt, Ratatouille and Finding Nemo are all films that are watched over and over again in our household. And I agree, these are magical stories. Still, I could never really stand the Mickey Mouse nor Donald Duck… They were characters from the time when people were making films on laughing to those who are stupid of fall into a ditch. And I never saw that as funny. The same reason why Charlie Chaplin is difficult for me to watch. I prefer stories of rational protagonists who make their own choices. I walked into Disneyland very sceptical and the first thing I saw was the parade with Mulan female soldier dancers. I got tears into my eyes… I was like WtF… How is it that this shit gets me emotional when so little things in life do at the moment… But a female fighter that saves China from foreign invaders… Yeah that is a story that moves me. And the dragon is very cute. So yeah I decided to give Disneyland a shot.
Shanghai Disneyland is brand new and it’s a venture between the Chinese and Disney, not completely controlled by either. It opened on 16th of June. That’s why I’m here as they have recruited foreign help from Singapore, including my Brother-in-law’s fiancé, who I have come to meet here. I decided to head out to see the Star Wars exhibition before meeting him though, and I had my special moments inside the millennium falcon shaped exhibition rooms. I’ll write a second pst about that, as well as about Tarzan, the show that I went to see there. Otherwise this post would be even longer.
Overall I was happy to visit Disneyland, even though it started to rain after I got out of the Millennium Falcon. There would have been plenty more to see: The Enchanted Sing alongs, to Pirates of the Carebean shows and more. So enough for two days for sure. Plus the Disney town for shopping and restaurants afterwards. I wouldn’t recommend it to a five year old autistic child though, because standing in line for 60-120minutes to get into any of the rollercoasters - well, that’s just too long. I think that Disneyland should be more than standing in lines at the end of the day… So perhaps they should work that out somehow. That certainly is the biggest challenge of doing something this big at the country the size of China - how to control the herds.
Disneyland is at the end of line 11 on the Metro, which on its own of course makes it easy to get there. After leaving the park, I felt good, although wet. I think Disney does a great job by getting into the hearts and minds of people through these stories. All the stories are something personal to the people watching or listening. Like Star Wars and Mulan are to me. I think it is quite remarkable that even with thousands of people there still with you, you feel like you’ve tapped into your childhood and experienced something special. Power of a good tale.