30 Days of Disneyland Begins

Yesterday Rachelle and I drove to Anaheim, California to begin the experience of going to Disneyland every day for 30 days in a row. We’re staying in an AirBnb a few miles from the park, and we’ll be driving there shortly to begin Day 1.

If you want the details about this experience, you can read the intro post: An Unusual 30-Day Experience. I intend to blog about the experience along the way.

Disneyland is a trademarked term, so I looked into the use of it for the sake of blogging about my time there. I believe that the way I’m using it would fall under trademark fair use because I’m simply using it to describe the location and where we’re going, and to use a term like “that big theme park in Anaheim” would be a little ridiculous. Same goes for any other Disney-owned trademarks. But just to be extra clear, there’s no sponsorship arrangement between Disney and myself or my company. This is simply a lifestyle experiment.

We’re also not going to do anything wild or crazy that would run afoul of the terms of our annual passes. I’d like to complete the whole 30 days without incident, and I’d like this experiment to be good for all involved, including all the families at the park.

After designing and delivering four workshops in four months, I definitely feel like I could use a break. Every workshop I do has a transformational effect on me as well, and I feel like I’ve been absorbing a lot of transformational energy without having sufficient time to process it.

My attitude towards this experience right now is something akin to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It’s some extended downtime, albeit stimulating and active downtime, to process some thoughts and feelings that have been swirling in my mind.

This might sound odd, but to me this feels like a meditation retreat. I often thrive on high levels of input and stimulation, especially when I view the world through the subjective lens. I see it as a way to give reality more ways to communicate with me. Stillness can do wonders, but sometimes I find it easier to discover stillness through movement.

As I blog about this experience, I’m not going to log every activity we do each day. That would involve too much writing to squeeze into my early mornings and late evenings, and I don’t think it would be particularly interesting or unique. I intend to focus more on the inner journey and how spending 30 days at Disneyland affects me.

I’m not sure how many people will want to meet up with us at Disneyland while we’re there, but so far we have two invitations for the first week. As I shared in the previous post, anyone who wants to do so is welcome to meet up with us in person and spend some time sharing the experience with us. For the next 30 days, you know where to find us.

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Steve Pavlina is an American self-help author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur. He is the author of the web site stevepavlina.com and the book Personal Development for Smart People.

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