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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

Alt-Disney: A Poet Finds Vegetation and Inspiration at Tomorrowland

Updated: Aug 12, 2020

Whenever she works remotely from Disneyland, Highland Park writer Jessica Ceballos y Campbell starts her mornings at the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor before the crowds rush in around lunchtime. After clocking out, she spends her afternoons roaming the theme park, observing and taking notes of all the happy happenings. Ceballos y Campbell’s self-appointed writing residency will one day translate into Happiest Place On Earth, a poetry project centered on a Disneyland visit with her mother in 1984 while in foster care.

But in August, Ceballos y Campbell’s watchful eye led her to take notice of Tomorrowland in a way she hadn’t before. “Is that mint?” she asked herself. “Why is there a farm in Tomorrowland?”

Read more on my latest OC Weekly Alt-Disney column out on newsstands now:

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