Saturday, November 3, 2012

Walking Through the Looking Glass

Walking Through the Looking Glass

Walk Disney once said,
“Disneyland is like Alice stepping through the Looking Glass;
to step through the portals of Disneyland will be like entering another world.”

Over the entrance of the tunnels that lead from the entrance courtyard to Main Street it says, “Here you leave the world of Today and Enter the Worlds of Yesterday, Tomorrow and Fantasy.” On the floor of the tunnels there is the outline of a giant “Mirror” and you walk ‘through’ the mirror to enter Main Street and thus Disneyland. This is so subtle that I did not notice it until recently, when a friend pointed it out. The outline of the mirror is in the shape of the Mirror on the Wall that belonged to Snow White’s evil step mother.

I always feel a thrill as I walk through the tunnel. It is truly like “walking through Alice’s Looking Glass” in to a totally unique and special world. Now I understand why. Walt’s plan was to give you that magical feel from the moment you entered the park.

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