I don't remember quite when it happened now. I think it was 2008, maybe 2009, but for many people, their world turned upside down when the economy crashed. The details don't need to be rehashed here but many people lost their jobs, their homes, their savings, their retirements. Even if the economy didn't directly affect you, chances are you know someone that was affected in a very hard way. Sad.
It's all very depressing. Even though Mrs. DisneylandTraveler have been affected in several ways, we also have been able to make a half dozen trips or so down to Disneyland over last few years after things went belly-up. Multi-day trips to Disneyland are expensive, that's a given, and Mrs. DLT would have probably been better served to have left some of that money in a bank somewhere (even though banks are a primary cause to the economic undoing of America), but we didn't. We took our trips and enjoyed ourselves immensely for the most part.
Do you know why? It's because once you pass through the entrance tunnels beneath the railroad tracks and out on to Main Street Disneyland, the problems, troubles, and struggles of everyday life seem to disappear. It may be only temporary, a few hours, a few days, but being in Disneyland puts you into a different universe where reality slips and away and if you allow it, magic and fun can move right in. This is why we go. We chase the magic and more often than not, we find it because Disneyland can deliver on its promises, the promises that Walt made when he opened the park. Yes, in the midst of life's turmoil, Disney can deliver on carefree days even if its only a temporary respite.
In the midst of hardships, there is always something to be thankful for and during November, that is likely to be a theme of The DisneylandTraveler Blog as we push toward Thanksgiving Day. Today I remember entering times entering Disneyland, and no matter what problems or struggles are left back home, I can whistle a happy tune and say thanks.