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Column: Shine is wearing off for Disney devotee

LOS ANGELES - I have always been a Disneyland apologist.

When other parents claimed to avoid the park in protest of how Disney was creating an ever-tightening net around childhood - the movies! The network! The radio station! The merchandise! - I said, "Why would anyone want to avoid going to Disneyland?"

When people despaired of the endlessly increasing price of admission, I agreed but argued "crowd control."

When they complained about the near impossibility of even annual passholders making it out without dropping hundreds of dollars on meals, pins, sweatshirts, princess makeovers and recently, the time-saving MaxPass, I argued, "You can bring your own food, at least the merchandise is high quality and that

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