Gina- Your Disneyland Ambassador

Disneyland Railroad, Main Street

Disneyland Railroad, Main Street

Get ready for lots of posts about Disneyland.  We’ve renewed our annual passes and are going a lot now that the crowds have gone for the summer.

Now, I consider myself to be fairly knowledgeable about things at the Disney resort.  I’ve been going to Disneyland practically every year since I was born, so I like to think I know a little bit about it.  I find myself giving directions to lost tourists (you can always tell who they are) and helpful advice about rides and line lengths and such. 

Recently, California was ranked as not all that friendly by a researcher from Cambridge, which I find rather insulting.  I’m wondering if that’s kind of unfair, seeing as how many people who live here are from elsewhere.   Is it just that all the unfriendly people are moving from their home states and coming here, giving us a bad rap? Because all my fellow native Californians and I are much too laid back to be considered unfriendly.

But the other day, I think I really made a favorable impression of Californians upon some visitors from Europe.  I was sitting and waiting for my husband and son to get off the Autopia ride when a woman walked by, complaining in German about something to her husband.  She then put her foot up on the bench I was sitting upon to inspect the back of her heel.  She had put a band-aid on it to keep the back of her shoes from blistering her ankle, and it was coming off.  Dude, I so felt her pain.

So I told her that if she needed another, there is a first-aid station on Main Street.  Then, I remembered that I actually had one in my backpack, and offered it to her.  She was surprised and grateful, and as she walked away after applying said bandage and thanking me, I called after her, “Enjoy your time here, have fun!”  We smiled at each other, waving goodbye.

Changing perceptions about Californians, one band-aid at a time.

Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

2 Comments so far

  1. Dave Share (daveshare) on September 30th, 2008 @ 9:53 am

    I had an experience last summer in Huntington Beach slightly similar. I was sitting at The Sugar Shack (most favoritist place to eat in HB BTW) when this English girl asked if anyone was sitting in the chair across from me at my table. I said No, and she proceeded to sit down at my table to eat.
    Most Californians would have been appalled and shooed her away. But I went with it and we ended up having a good conversation. I even offered to get her signed in to Disneyland, and taking her to Warner Bros, but she ended up leaving 2 days later.
    How’s THAT for hospitable Californian??
    (PS I would have offered her a free place to stay, as she was running out of money, but I’m sure my wife would have been slightly uncomfortable with me inviting pretty girls we don’t know to stay with us………for the record, I would have been a-OK with it) ;-)


  2. mirofoto on September 30th, 2008 @ 10:13 am

    Hopefully Disneyland will leave a good impression on all visitors as it is "The Happiest Place On Earth" :-)

    Great post Gina … looking forward to move of your Disneyland pictures … fyi, feel free to use any of my Disneyland images located at >>> http://www.flickr.com/photos/miro-foto/sets/72157603255645501/



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