Originally published in La Plaza Press
By DESTINY RAMOS MARIN and MIA ARANDA
As Disneyland reached their one year anniversary of closing on March 14, 2020, some may need to be reminded of how magical and happy Disney was before Covid-19 prompted the shutdown of amusement parks.
The view from Tarzan’s Treehouse in Adventureland in Disneyland on Sep. 8, 2017. Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Indiana Jones Adventure are some of the principal rides in Adventureland. (DESTINY RAMOS MARIN/ La Plaza photo)
Disneyland attendees line the parade route to watch the attractions pass by in the afternoon during Pixar Fest on April 22, 2018. Pixar Fest is an annual month-long celebration in September in Disneyland that consists of events, like the “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” fireworks, “Paint the Night Parade” and “Pixar Play Parade.” (DESTINY RAMOS MARIN/ La Plaza photo)
Park attendees are seen tightly packed together as they walk down Main Street to experience the annual holiday decor at Disneyland on Dec. 14, 2017. Winter decorations adorn the entire park from New Orleans Square to Fantasy Faire, and comprise glistening lights, festive wreaths and garland on storefronts and lampposts. (DESTINY RAMOS MARIN/ La Plaza photo)
The Pixar Ball statue lit up at night on the pathway to a nearby Disney parking garage on Feb. 2, 2020. The Pixar Ball, also known as the Luxo Ball, is known for its appearance in many Pixar films, most notably the “Toy Story” films. (DESTINY RAMOS MARIN/ La Plaza photo)
The Beauty and the Beast float during the “Paint the Night Parade” float on April 15, 2018. The “Paint the Night Parade” is Disneyland’s first all-LED parade. (DESTINY RAMOS MARIN/ La Plaza photo)
A chocolate drizzled M&M treat from Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District on July 12, 2015. Marceline’s Confectionery is named after Marecline, Missouri, where Walt Disney lived for five years of his childhood. (DESTINY RAMOS MARIN/ La Plaza photo)
Park attendees stroll through Batuu in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on Feb. 23, 2020. Batuu is one of the many fictional planets in the “Star Wars” film series and is known specifically for being a stop for travelers. (DESTINY RAMOS MARIN/ La Plaza photo)
The real life replica of the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge within Disneyland Park on Feb. 13, 2020. In California, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened on May 31, 2019. (DESTINY RAMOS MARIN/ La Plaza photo)
The Sleeping Beauty Castle seen in the afternoon in Disneyland on Feb. 23, 2020. The Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland is the only Disney Castle that was overseen in construction by Walt Disney. (DESTINY RAMOS MARIN/ La Plaza photo)
A funnel cake pictured from Stage Door Cafe in Disneyland on Sep. 10, 2018. Stage Door Cafe, a fast-food outpost located in Frontierland, has a small variety of funnel cakes to choose from for dessert. (DESTINY RAMOS MARIN/ La Plaza photo)
Disneyland may be closed, but Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street are still open for shopping and dining. A trip to Downtown Disney and Buena Vista St. may not make up for everything, but it is still exciting to see something that is part of Disneyland after so long.