If you're feeling stressed and seem to have the weight of the world is on your shoulders, it may be time to hop on a jet plane and fly west toward the Pacific and the shores of Southern California. What should you do if you go? I have one word for you: Disneyland! Of course, there are tons of other things for you and your family to see in the Los Angeles area, from Universal Studios to taking a drive up the Pacific Coast Highway. But you can't go without visiting Anaheim, and the 'happiest place on Earth.'

Disneyland is the place where Walt's dreams started, where he built Fantasyland and Sleeping Beauty's Castle, where Tinkerbelle flies nightly during a fantastical fireworks display and where a mouse battles a fire-breathing dragon in Fantasmic!

Walt encouraged visitors to explore the possibilities the future brings with Tomorrowland, where you can soar across the universe in Space Mountain and Star Tours or check out the wondrous Innovations, where the future really does come to life.

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He also immersed us in the wonders of the Crescent City with New Orleans Square where pirates linger and ghosts dance through the halls of a haunted mansion.

One thing Walt may have never dreamed up, however, was the resort's latest addition:  California Adventure! This new park was built on the old Disneyland parking lot and is now home to Buena Vista Street, where you can flash back to the 1920s when Walt first started out as an animator who created brilliant cartoons of a little mouse named Mickey and all his friends.

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Or you can go 'Under the Sea' with Ariel and Sebastian, play Toy Story games with Woody and Buzz, or ride breathtaking roller coasters on Paradise Pier.

The newest, and perhaps the best, part of the park is the all-new Cars Land, where you can race with Lightning McQueen and ride Luigi's Flying Tires, eat ice cream at the Cozy Cone Motel or have dinner at Flo's V8 Cafe.

But if you go, be sure to stay for the Wonderful World of Color, a spectacular show of lights, water, music and more that is so gorgeous, it is almost beyond description. Whatever you do, don't miss Disney! You truly will find your inner child again, no matter how old you really are.

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