The Return to Disneyland

The Difference between a Trip in July 2020 and July 2021

The empty gates of Disneyland in July of 2020, four months into the park’s unprecedented closure. (Image provided by Matthew Wurm)

The music seemed faint in my ears as I walked past a group of people, who seemed nervous to be within the same space as me. I struggled to breathe through my thick mask on a hot July day, but could not determine whether the sweat accumulating on my lip was from the heat or the anxiety I felt being around so many people. Everything seemed to be the way I remembered…