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Learning to love Disneyland again

Learning to love Disneyland again

ANAHEIM, Calif. - As we walked across the broad, brick-paved plaza, a burst of music swelled, the strings rising to cinematic heights amid a pounding of kettle drums. A man in a crisp white shirt waved and beamed. Perfectly manicured flowers swayed in the breeze. It felt, for a moment, that we had accomplished something greater than simply walking out the gates at Disneyland in Southern California. But that is the trick of Disneyland, I learned after a recent trip to the "Happiest Place on Earth" with my family - to make even the mundane seem worthy of a personal parade. The perpetual earnestness can seem cloying for travelers like me who usually prefer to see little or no...