I grew up in CA, about 2 hours away from Disneyland. We used to go to Disneyland all the time. I remember, back in the day, when we had ticket books and there were only a couple of tickets for the best rides, including the Matterhorn. The rest of the tickets were for kiddie rides. I remember Disneyland long before Space Mountain or Splash Mountain. I remember when it was this totally magical place and, as a kid, there was just no other place like it. I still have a strong connection to Disneyland and all the childhood memories it holds for me. Even after going to Disney World, I still have to say that Disneyland is my favorite.
Magic Kingdom is much like Disneyland. It's laid out about the same and I can find my way around pretty easily. It has most of the same rides as Disneyland.
The best part of Magic Kingdom this visit was watching my son as the skipper of the Jungle Cruise. He was definitely in his element telling corny jokes and trying to make people laugh. I loved seeing him perform again.
One of the highlights was seeing the fireworks display and watching Tinkerbell fly across the night sky. Tinkerbell used to fly across Disneyland when I was a kid. This Tinkerbell was all lit up as she flew above us. I loved the combination of the music, the narration, and the fireworks. The castle lit up in different color combinations and it was gorgeous.
Of course, we went on all of the rides, including Space Mountain and even Splash Mountain (it was cold so I volunteered to stay and watch my youngest son who was too small to ride). We also went on the Haunted Mansion, It's a Small World (my 9-year-old did not enjoy this ride at all), Teacups, Aladdin's Magic Carpet ride, the Tiki Room (my grandma loved this attraction and I always think of her when we go), the Carousel, Peter Pan, Snow white, Dumbo, Pirates, Buzz, and many more.
I think these photos of my youngest on the carousel are absolutely adorable so I'm sharing them. He looks like a little angel.
We had a blast and loved every minute of our trip.