Why “The Happiest Place on Earth” is Immortal

Why is Disneyland known as the happiest place on Earth? California in the summer, screaming children and overpriced hotdogs don’t precisely conjure happy sensations. Yet, an average of 15 million visitors flock to Anaheim each year. 

Perhaps it’s because of the nostalgia factor. Disney is one of the most well-known brands worldwide. From Mickey Mouse to Pixar, viewers from each generation going back to the 1930s, in a way, grew up with Disney at some point in their lives. Iconic films like Fantasia or The Hunchback of Notre Dame captured the hearts of millions and adults and children alike. The same goes for Disneyland. Opened in 1955, Disneyland has been the mainstay of family vacations since the Eisenhower administration. Every year, it feels as though a variation of the “Parents Surprise Kids Trip To Disneyland” viral video makes the news cycle around summer vacation. The love of Disney is passed on from generation to generation. And that love is shared at Disneyland, where there is something for everyone.

As Disney grows, so does its broader appeal. In the last decade, the iconic theme park has added attractions related to its new acquisitions. Most famously, “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,” where guests can step inside the famed Millennium Falcon, opened in 2019. Who wouldn’t want to sit in the same seat as Han Solo? And if you are feeling sentimental, there is always “Dumbo the Flying Elephant’ With a vast array of attractions, Disneyland serves as a place where memories are made. Experiences that become unforgettable are moments for those with diverse interests.

But most of all, Disneyland is a place where visitors can genuinely feel happy. At Disneyland, the goal is for guests to forget about all their troubles, which was summed up in the iconic phrase from Disney’s The Lion King: “Hakuna Matata,” meaning no worries, no troubles From the food to friendly faces like Goofy and Pluto running down Main Street, USA, to the late-night fireworks, Disney is the dictionary definition of “feel good.” And that’s what people want to do, right? With how our world has turned into a dumpster fire, it’s no surprise that people are searching for a welcomed distraction. 

Times change. People change. Trends, styles, and entertainment changes.  But the joy brought to the world by Disneyland is constant.