Ever wonder what Disneyland would be like if you didn’t have your kids with you? It sounds so unthinkable, two dads just had to try it. And except for an unneccesary potshot at Fresno, it makes for a great story.
The two writers from the Contra Costa Times detail their magical trip in a story called, “At Disneyland, even grown-ups have fun.”
“Why can’t a couple of dads in their 40s have a blast at the so-called Happiest Place on Earth?” write Chuck Barney and Tony Hicks. “An alien sensation that came over us as we made our way down Main Street USA was the first sign that we, indeed, could.”
In fact, the two dads experienced Disneyland like never before, visiting places they’d never dream of taking their kids (including the Wine Country Trattoria in California Adventure). They never stepped foot in places like ToonTown, and they took a a 3 1/2-hour walking tour through the park. Just try doing that with a trio of tired kids in tow.
Everything about the story is great, from concept to execution, until near the end of the tale, when the writers rave about Soarin’ Over California, a fantastic ride in California Adventure. According to our two dads, “It not only leaves you breathless, but feeling proud to live in the Golden State, perhaps because it didn’t include scenes of Fresno.”
But rather than complain about the jab, let’s ask Disneyland why Fresno isn’t represented on the popular ride. In addition to images from places like Monterey, San Francisco and Napa Valley, couldn’t they add a flyover scene from Bulldog Stadium before a soldout football game? Or maybe just a shot of our free-flowing freeways at rush hour. That’ll show ’em.
Overall, though, it’s a good story. Most dads will never have the same opportunity, so it was fun to live vicariously through them. Next time, maybe they’ll visit Fresno. They can even bring their kids.