America the Beautiful

I would think many of us who have been to Disneyland might have our own Disneyland date stories. Years ago while I was in the Navy, around 1978 (before I was married), I met a young lady and spent the day with her. My ship had pulled into Long Beach and I rode the bus out to Anaheim and started riding rides. My first attraction of the day was America the Beautiful, a 360-degree travel film of the US. As the camera started down Lombard Street in San Francisco, she leaned too far and started to fall. I caught her and we talked and we introduced ourselves; we spent the day together and said goodbye as the park closed. I will always remember her because of her name: she went by Babbitt, because her brother couldn’t say Elizabeth, he called her Babbitt and it stuck. We wrote a few times and then just lost touch.

Rod Richards



Welcome to Theme Park Love. I’m Kate Abbott, author of the middle-grade novel Disneylanders, in which a girl meets a boy at Disneyland and it changes her life. (At least for the summer.)

I’m starting this blog to share true stories of chance encounters, first dates, and other eventful, romantic trips to theme parks. Do you have a story you’d like to share? Please e-mail me!