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55. Anthony's First Day at Disneyland
Disneyland is also called Magic Kingdom. It is
in Anaheim, California. The park opened in 1955,
was an instant success. When Anthony Martinez was
little boy, his brothers and sisters told him
Disneyland. At first, Anthony didn't know what they
. He was just too young, and would call
"Dizzyland" as he couldn't pronounce it properly. His
had taken his older siblings to the park
times, but that was years ago. Anthony was
younger than his brothers and sisters.
time, Anthony kept asking his parents to take
to Disneyland, but the feeling eventually wore off.
quit bugging his parents to take him. One
, when Anthony was about 8 years old, a
came to school bragging about his weekend at
. All of a sudden, Anthony wanted to go
. "Please, mommy, take me to Disneyland," Anthony pleaded
his mom. His dad heard it, and immediately
him "Okay, son, we're going this weekend for
." Anthony's dad hadn't realized that his youngest child
never been there, and felt very bad about
The weekend came, and Anthony was so excited.
couldn't keep still. When they got into Disneyland,
marveled at the castles and other attractions. He
liked the life-sized characters that roamed the park.
grew up watching Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.
he was taking pictures with them. Anthony was "
The best part of the theme park
the rides. "Can we go on the Captain
Ride?" That question was soon followed by "Can
go on the Matterhorn?" Soon Anthony had gone
just about every ride. He was overwhelmed by
place. Soon the family was back in their
heading back home with Anthony fast asleep. It
the greatest day of his young life. A
he would later call "the best day of