All of us Disney fans were hit with the news earlier this year that Disney’s California Adventure would be closing down ‘a bug’s land’ to build a new (supposedly) Marvel themed land to match its massive neighbor, Guardians of the Galaxy- Mission: BREAKOUT! Since it’s resurrection in 2002, the land has gotten mixed reviews about its rides which are definitely directed more towards young children. I was five years old when it opened and I recall just being in total awe, as any child visiting a Disney park feels, and 100 percent excited. “A Bug’s Life” was a pivotal movie when I was little and I was so excited to be watching it over and over that I almost couldn’t wait for the VHS to rewind. I do admit, I was just a teensy bit scared of the antagonist. Oh you know, the giant creepy grasshopper, but walking through the cutesy land and playing in Princess Dot’s Puddle Park calmed me down almost instantly.
DCA was obviously geared more towards adults during its earlier days, hinting at the Golden Ages of Hollywood with Buena Vista Street, taking guests on a tour of the ‘Hollywood Pictures Backlot’ and Soarin over California. ‘A bug’s land’ added some entertainment for younger ages, not to mention more rides to the almost empty theme park. Over the years Disney has added a plethora of rides and attractions for all ages: Cars Land, Monsters Inc., Goofy’s Sky School, Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, and the newest Pixar Pier. There’s now so many rides that when my family and I go we spend a whole day and sometimes aren’t even able to complete everything!
It’s a well known habit of Disney fans, and especially lovers of the theme parks, to overreact to changes to the parks and attractions. Personally, I was broken hearted when I heard of the changes to the previously known Tower of Terror and especially when I wasn’t able to make it out to the parks before its closure. Many fans are actually surprised to find that the new attractions are *gasp* better than the old ones (insert shocked face emoji here). But, how do we properly pay tribute to such a big part of some of our childhoods and warm memories?
It’s not easy. Plain and simple. Some of us may feel like a small part of us is being demolished with that little land, ride or attraction. Without physical evidence, how will we ever prove that this really was something to flock to “back in our day” (I’m really not old enough to be having to say that yet. Thanks, Disney). Of course, now that pictures come in color, it gives us a tiny advantage, but the most important tool in our box is our memories. Although I don’t have any kids of my own to declare my love of the ‘old Disney days’ to quite yet, I’ll have to keep brainstorming on how to convince them teensy bugs are awesome and candy corn is literally THE BEST compared to crime fighting superheroes.
As John F. Kennedy said, “Change is the law of life, And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” So, let’s enjoy all the magic that Disney gives us, and their ability to keep up with the ever changing times.
Photo Credit: Janel Berchielli, Lifestyle Blogger