Weâ€™ve all heard of those theme park rides based on movies â€“ Harry Potter rides, Spiderman rides, etcâ€”but a while back I read that the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie was actually inspired by the Disneyland ride of the same name. Yes, the ride I last traveled on as a twelve-year-old, which was, um, some time before the movie came out. It was the movie-to-theme park journey in reverse. Wow, a whole movie inspired by a theme park ride! Which got me thinking, why not a whole novel inspired by a theme park ride? I guess Pirates of the Caribbean is kind of taken. But what about, say, Itâ€™s a Small World? If, say I wanted to bring new saccharin levels to the concept of â€œsweetâ€ romance? Or for an action novel, I guess I could use Space Mountain or the Matterhorn as inspiration. I see thereâ€™s a new attraction called Sleeping Beautyâ€™s Castle Walkthrough…now that sounds promising! Or maybe Iâ€™ll just a book about a strange town populated by oversize, benevolent, cartoonish characters… But whereâ€™s the conflict, folks, whereâ€™s the conflict? My current preoccupation with Disneyland isnâ€™t solely because Up just won the Best Animated Feature Oscar. Itâ€™s because in a few weeksâ€™ time weâ€™re taking the kids to Disneyland (Anaheim) for the first time. I canâ€™t wait to reacquaint myself with the place, and draw whatever inspiration I can from letting my imagination out to play! If you have any favorite Disneyland experiences or tips, let me know!