After Disney became a certified global brand in the 1930’s, the company was smart enough to build the first Disneyland, in Anaheim California in July 1955. From then on, the theme park had become the dream destination of children not only in the United States but all around the world.
Ask a child where he or she wants to go, and the emphatic answer would be “Disneyland!” I was once one of those children.
At that time I couldn’t exactly explain why Disneyland was my dream destination. But it’s definitely not because I fantasized about being a princess. Perhaps, I was thinking that a place, which gives life to the fairytale characters I’ve learned to love, must be so wonderful.
But for someone who grew up in Southeast Asia; California and Orlando Florida, which became home to Walt Disney World Resort, were so far away. These cities were unreachable unless my parents were willing to spend thousands of dollars, which they were not. We didn’t have that kind of money to spend for leisure.
And so the thought of setting foot on Disneyland soil remained just a dream.
Years passed and Disneyland decided to come to Asia. By the time Hong Kong Disneyland opened in 2005, I was already attending university. The opening made such a big buzz because children living on my side of the world now have easy access to one of the world’s most popular theme parks. I remember being happy about the news.
But I was no longer a child and Disneyland was no longer a dream. I was becoming an adult, caught up with all the issues that come with the process of growing up.
At that stage of my life, it seemed impractical (ridiculous even) to even think about going to Hong Kong.