Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit California. I sang at my cousin’s wedding in Long Beach, visited some family in Torrance, fell in love with the Oceanic weather, tried Chick-fil-A and Pinkberry for the first time, and even got to spend some hours at Disneyland before heading back home to Vegas.

Because Disneyland is the most magical place on earth, I figured documenting such magic could be used for this particular assignment. Using my Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS Digital Elph, I captured images of places in Disneyland I have never experienced before.

I usually stick to the same rides when I visit Disneyland, and my attraction experiences have been limited to the Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, Toon Town, and a few corn dog and churro stands (those things are addicting!). However, for this visit, I was able to discover Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer’s Island — an attraction I wouldn’t have known existed if it were not for my boyfriend.

So, one raft ride across the Disney river later, we found ourselves amidst a remote island filled with caves, pirate artifacts, and buried treasure. It was awesome. Not too crowded and well worth our exploration. I was ashamed to not have known about this years ago, and it made the trip new and exciting as opposed to waiting 90 minutes to ride a roller coaster I have already ventured over a dozen times.

Another attraction I found to be a thrill — It’s a Small World. Although it is a feature meant to attract a younger audience, I found myself enjoying every second of that four minute ride. Not only was it adorable, lighthearted, and aesthetically pleasing, It’s a Small World was educational, culturally captivating, and a ride that every adult visiting Disneyland must experience.

Kids would see it as a cute ride to sing along to as they look at dancing figurines in different costumes, but I saw it as a wonderful little journey to remind anyone and everyone that it really is a small world, and that smiling is a universal language.

So, thanks to learning about Flickr in this module, I made an attempt to showcase what I found appealing throughout my Disney endeavor. Although my visit was short, the whole experience was a hidden treasure on its own and had me remembering the little things that has made Disneyland so special to me since I was a little girl.

Walt Disney said something that reminded me of the importance of this online class:

Crowded classrooms and half-day sessions are a tragic waste of our greatest national resource – the minds of our children.

I’m glad I got to feel like a kid again — and take pictures like one too ;)