Whoopi Goldberg opened up about her first visit to the Happiest Place on Earth.
During Thursday’s episode of The View, the Oscar winner, 68, shared the first time she took a visit to the Disneyland resort was when she brought her late mother, Emma Harris Johnson, to enjoy their first experience together.
Goldberg shared with her co-hosts that throughout her childhood she always wanted to visit the theme park. She explained that her mother couldn’t afford tickets for Goldberg and her brother, Clyde.
But when Goldberg garnered enough success to visit the park, she finally took her mother along.
“I took her,” the Tony winner said. “The first time I went was in the early ‘80s, but my mother had always said ‘I’m going to take you and Clyde’ — that’s my brother — ‘I’m gonna take you to Disneyland’ and she never could afford to do it.”She shared how her mother came to visit her in California, but the Emmy winner took a quick trip down from Los Angeles to Anaheim without her mother knowing and surprised her at Disneyland. “I asked her to come see me in California, sent her a ticket.”
Goldberg recalled her mother said, “‘Where do you live? Because I feel like I’ve been in this car a long time.’” The Grammy winner added, “She had no idea where we were going.”While her mother wasn’t aware of their destination, Goldberg provided a hint and asked her mother to take a peek and read the signs along the route: “I said, ‘Oh, Ma, I’m trying to find the thing — what does that thing up there say?’ And she said, ‘Disney… land,’” remembered Goldberg.
“I said, ‘Welcome to Disneyland, Ma.’”
More recently, Goldberg celebrated her late brother’s legacy during an episode of the daytime talk show. On Golberg’s 68th birthday, she shared with her co-hosts that she cherishes the opportunity to celebrate another year.
“I think it’s important because I feel lucky to have lived to this age.” She continued, “I outlived my brother — I’m older than my brother was — and I just feel like I should celebrate and have a good time for all those folks who didn’t get to get here.”
Goldberg’s brother, Clyde K. Johnson, died from a brain aneurysm in 2015 at the age of 65, according to Entertainment Weekly. The actress and comedian marked what would have been his 74th birthday in a sweet Instagram post on Oct. 17.