His eternal face alterations probably come into play in there somewhere as well.
But I do have a personal memory of him and I thought I’d share it today, 2 days before his LA memorial.
Years ago, 15 or 16 of them, I took my family to
Not that year. That year we went all out for him.
And also, that day Michael Jackson was there. He was going to perform in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle that evening (we stayed to see that, along with about 50,000 others).
But he spent the day riding the rides.
And that was where we encountered him. On “Peter Pan’s Flight”
The line was long but we slowly wended our way around it, and nearing the front, out popped Michael Jackson from the side.
Celebrities don’t have to stand in line.
He was all smiles, waved to the crowd. Two Hispanic girls in front of us called out “Michael! Michael!” He got into the ride's boat-like conveyance with the young boy that he was famously, and later infamously, paling around with, and off they went.
The excitement died for a bit until the exit doors banged open and again Michael and the boy appeared. Out they popped and disappeared into the “backstage” area.
And who were next to ride in the gondola whose seat was still warmed by
The crowd virtually oozed envious green.