Tuesday 3 May 2011
I returned last night from a glorious trip to Southern California, expressly to visit
Disneyland with my family. We had sunshine every day and we wore shorts and sandals! I didn’t write a thing and only checked my email and Twitter twice! What a treat after the longest winter I can remember here in . My kids, who are six and three, had a blast and we were able to get full value out of our five-day park hopper. Alberta
I couldn’t help but notice, with my Austen-shaped mind, how much I enjoyed the rides dedicated to Disney movies – especially Peter Pan, Snow White, Pirates of the
Caribbean and Sleeping Beauty’s castle. I loved how Storyland looks like a little English village. I delighted in becoming a part of the story. And I wondered – wouldn’t it be grand to have a Jane Austen-land? You could dress up in Regency garb, ride a carriage around Pemberley, waltz with Henry Tilney, share a sisterly chat with Elinor Dashwood, break for tea with Fanny Price, stoke a fire and just stare and stare at the beautiful clothes and antiques. Well, maybe that is a North American idea, but I’m certain we could all enjoy ourselves, imagining we’d met the real Jane Austen and all of her fabulous characters. Which one would you wait all day to meet?