From Manchester to: (An Empty) Disneyland, California

Their doors have been closed for months, but you can still visit Mickey's LA gaff...

By Manchester's Finest | 26 May 2020

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(Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

The world’s first Disneyland opened its doors on 17th July 1955 and, as John Hammond said in Jurassic Park – hardly anything worked. It was pretty much a complete disaster.

Only half of the people invited turned up, the drinking fountains were dry and the asphalt had only been poured that morning, meaning any women wearing high heels would find themselves sinking into the still-soft floor.

Luckily for Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney though, things pretty quickly picked up and it went on to become a huge attraction, spawning sister sites in Florida, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris and most recently – Shanghai.

Since the government imposed lockdown due to COVID-19 back in March, all of the Disney sites have remained closed and eerily silent, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still visit and experience some of that legendary ‘Disney Magic’.

First up we have this video by California’s ABC7, a clip of a desolate Disneyland with nobody there, nothing working and even their brand-new Star Wars: Galaxy Edge attraction and absolute ghost town. It’s pretty eerie to see – a bit like when you’d go to school at night during Parent’s Evening and things just felt ‘off’.

In order to help people get through this time without visiting Disneyland, a group of non-Disney affiliated geezers have released a series of videos where you can ride their attractions virtually – without leaving your house or spending 10 grand on the trip.

Check these out…

Splash Mountain

Space Mountain

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Expedition Everest

And finally, to complete your virtual Disneyland experience, the House of Mouse have released the recipe for their famous ‘Churro Tots‘ – a dessert that you’ll see pretty much every single fat American scoffing down while you walk around the park looking for Belle.

So get the ingredients, get making ’em and get the rides up on your big screen. Maybe pop The Jungle Book on too afterwards to fully complete the whole Disney experience from your very own home.