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Disneyland Pop Culture

Disney films have been delighting children for decades—and Disneyland is where our favorite Disney characters come to life. Little girls thrill at seeing their favorite princesses from "Beauty and the Beast," "Snow White", "Aladdin" and "Cinderella" dressed in all their finery at the park. And characters from popular Pixar movies like "Toy Story" and "Cars" are larger than life on Disney rides such as Toy Story Mania! and the new Cars Land, which opens in 2012 at Disney's California Adventure. Yet for many of us, it is the lead character from "Tugboat Mickey" that makes our heart beat faster. No matter what your age, Mickey Mouse is something special.