Poetic Magic: Disneyland

Updated on October 29, 2019
Mark Tulin profile image

Besides writing poems about Disneyland, Mark enjoys exploring a variety of topics from surfing to juicy grandma kisses.

The Wonderful World of Childhood

There is no time in our lives, perhaps, when dreams are more powerful than our childhood. It is a period when our imagination runs wild and free. We fantasize about being professional ballplayers, princesses, ballerinas, among other things.

Some of our childhood dreams, we cling to, and, if given the opportunity, fulfill them especially if we are blessed with enough money and good health.

As a child, I loved watching Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color in the sixties. And I imagined myself one day visiting Disneyland and meeting those fictional characters that I believed to be real.

It took me quite a few years to realize my dream of visiting Disneyland but I eventually made it in 2012 to see Mickey Mouse and his friends marching down Main Street USA.

Disneyland, the Poem

I was sixty-years-old when I first went to Disneyland.

I always wanted to see Dumbo and Jiminy Cricket

when I was a kid growing up in Philly,

but my parents didn’t believe

that dreams could come true

or that the happiest place on earth really did exist.


In 2012, Tinker Bell finally sprinkled pixie dust

over my head, and when I awoke

I found myself sliding down a massive chute,

watching marionettes and puppets harmonize,

boarding a train, spinning inside of an oversized teacup,

laughing hysterically with Goofy,

and taking a spoonful of sugar from Mary.


Dreams really do come true, I discovered

as Peter Pan flew around me,

and Minnie Mouse flirted with Mickey

while I walked down Main Street

in the bright Anaheim sunshine

with Cinderella and none other than Walt Disney.


I closed my eyes and strapped on tight,

hang-glided through the clouds, over snowy mountaintops,

citrus fields, blue oceans, golden bridges

and Redwood trees as old as dinosaurs.

I soared over California in a 3-D paradise

and couldn’t stop singing,

It’s a small world, after all.

It's a small world, after all.

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment
      • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

        Mark Tulin 

        2 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Iqra, it truly is a wonderful place. A tribute to human creativity.

      • Iqra431 profile image

        Iqra 

        2 weeks ago from Pakistan

        I have never been to Disney World, but I know it's a fun place to go.

        Thank you for sharing a wonderful poem

        Great penmanship!

      • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

        Mark Tulin 

        2 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Asad, your Disney trip will be well worth it.

      • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

        Mark Tulin 

        2 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Brenda, your story is both a bummer and a blessing It’s sad that it was closed but wonderful that your name is in the history books.

      • Asad Dillz profile image

        Asad Dillz Khan 

        2 weeks ago from United Kingdom

        I have never been to Disney World, but I know it's a fun place to go...

        After this poem I really want to go to Disneyland... Wonderful poem and very expressive.

      • Brenda Arledge profile image

        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        2 weeks ago from Washington Court House

        I am happy to hear you got to go to Disneyland. It sounds like quite the experience.

        I have only had the opportunity to visit once in Florida.

        Unfortunately...it was opening year when I was just a child.

        It was NOT OPEN YET!!

        We were given a tour and watched a video of what it would be like.

        Then given the good reward if signing the vistor book as the first to be there.. so my name is listed somewhere in an old archive book. Lol.

        Maybe someday I will make it back and see if my name is still lingering around anywhere.

      • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

        Mark Tulin 

        3 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Thank you, Shauna. That child still has plenty more dreams left. I’m glad you enjoyed my poem.

      • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

        Mark Tulin 

        3 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

        That must have been cool to go to Disneyland in Paris. I can imagine Mickey with a French accent. Thanks for your comment, Lorna.

      • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

        Mark Tulin 

        3 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Thank you, Lora for sharing your experience in Disneyland. If you love creativity, that’s certainly the place to see.

      • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

        Mark Tulin 

        3 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Thank you, Flourish. I’m glad you had the opportunity to go. I know it’s expensive but well worth the trip.

      • bravewarrior profile image

        Shauna L Bowling 

        3 weeks ago from Central Florida

        Mark, I'm so glad you finally were able to achieve your childhood dream. Judging from this poem and the huge smile on your face, your Disney adventure brought the child out in you.

        Love it!

      • Lorna Lamon profile image

        Lorna Lamon 

        3 weeks ago

        Such a lovely description of the magic of that first visit to Disneyland. We took our daughters to Disneyland Paris many years ago and they still enjoy looking at the video we made of the trip. I think a little fairy dust rubs off on everyone who visits, allowing us to become children again. Your poem captures this magic perfectly.

      • Lora Hollings profile image

        Lora Hollings 

        3 weeks ago

        Wonderful poem, Mark, about Disneyland and its capacity to take us to a world that we all dream about as children. A magical world where we see characters come to life from our favorite stories, and a world where our imaginations are allowed to soar uninhibited by any restraints. A world that is magical at any age! I first went to Disneyland when I was in my thirties with my 3 year old daughter and I felt the joy and excitement just as she did. Thanks for sharing.

      • FlourishAnyway profile image

        FlourishAnyway 

        3 weeks ago from USA

        You captured the magic of Disney. I didn’t go for the first time until I was in my mid-thirties but I felt like a kid.

      • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

        Mark Tulin 

        3 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

        You never know, John. Once you get your Nobel Prize money, you just might do it. As always, thanks for your feedback.

      • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

        Mark Tulin 

        3 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Those large puppets in the small world exhibit did seem magical, Marlene.

      • MarleneB profile image

        Marlene Bertrand 

        3 weeks ago from USA

        When I lived in southern California, Disneyland was a "must do" event. I have been there several times and what a wonderful place it is. That song, "It's a Small World," stays in your head for quite a few days after visiting The Small World exhibit. Your beautiful poem brought back some very good memories.

      • Jodah profile image

        John Hansen 

        3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        It is great that you eventually realised your dream, Mark. As a kid I always hoped to one day visit Disneyland, but living so far away in Australia I also knew that was unlikely to happen and I doubt it ever will. Wonderful poem and commentary though. Good job.

      • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

        Mark Tulin 

        3 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Thanks, Ruby. And it might be even better, the older we get!

      • always exploring profile image

        Ruby Jean Richert 

        3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

        I have never been to Disney World, but I know it's a fun place to go. Lucky you. Your poem proves it's never too late to follow your dreams.

      • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

        Mark Tulin 

        3 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Thank you, Genna. Disneyland is well worth it if you ever get the opportunity. It's like seeing a great rock band you loved as a teenager. Once you're there, you can't believe it.

      • Genna East profile image

        Genna East 

        3 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

        The one place I've always wanted to visit, but never quite made it there. Part of me is a big kid at heart, so I loved this....perhaps the next best thing to "being there" in the magic. Thank you for this splendid hub.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, letterpile.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://letterpile.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)