HOLIDAY 99 CALIFORNIA: You Really Need to See a Shrink; Lucy Turner Finds Things Are Larger Than Life in Wacky Los Angeles

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HOLIDAY 99 CALIFORNIA: You Really Need to See a Shrink; Lucy Turner Finds Things Are Larger Than Life in Wacky Los Angeles


Turner, Lucy, The Mirror (London, England)


EVER wondered what it would be like to have an ant's-eye view of the world? Now's your chance.

Disneyland Paris has a great new 3D experience starting tomorrow. It's called Honey, I Shrunk The Audience and, having had a sneak preview in California, where it is already a huge crowd-pleaser, I can tell you it's a thriller.

If you've seen the movie Honey, I Shrunk The Kids you'll have some idea of what to expect. All I can say is if there was such a thing as 4D, this would be it - it's so realistic.

When the giant dog sneezes you feel a gust of wind and a spray of moisture, and when huge mice scuttle by you feel them brushing past you.

Sunny southern California is the home of Disney's entertainment empire. It is where it all began and where Mickey Mouse was born.

I got there on Virgin Airlines where the friendliness of the staff is ideal preparation for the reception you get Stateside.

I would never have thought Mickey and his pals could make me, a 29-year-old Yank-hater, fall in love with all-things American.

Who would have thought I would:

Run around frantically trying to have my picture taken with Tigger.

Queue for the NINTH time to experience the Indiana Jones ride.

Growl at the kids trying to push in front of me.

After my first few hours in the park I suddenly realised my face hurt because I had not stopped smiling since I started my Disney adventure.

As a Disney spokeswoman explained: "It's amazing to watch people transform once they get inside. Many adults are more excited than the children."

Just a few miles in the car and you are in the heart of Los Angeles - which is itself like a huge sprawling adult theme park.

The wacky West Coast is sheer culture shock. From West Hollywood - land of the free and home of the gay - to the Oxygen Bar, where alcohol is banned but they sell flavoured air at 15 dollars a shot. …

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