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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Incredible Role of Sound Throughout the Disney Experience! : VIDEO

The Incredible Role of Sound Throughout the Disney Experience - In The Parks and Beyond! 
by: guide4wdw - Collin
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Close your eyes for a minute and picture Mainstreet U.S.A. at any of the Disney parks. The first thing that may come to mind is the view of Cinderella’s Castle, the smells that flow from the bakery, or Casey’s, or even the popcorn stand. However, there’s one more thing that truly completes the experience, the sounds that round out the sensory trifecta. Imagine a Mainstreet without sound or any one particular attraction without the music that accompanies the experience. It’s hard to picture, isn't it?

The sounds of the Disney Parks are one of the many things a majority of us take for granted. The sounds, no matter how trivial, are one of those elements that just brings a smile to the face of guests each and every day. It could be the train whistle blowing in the distance at the Magic Kingdom, the subtle tones throughout the parks, or the iconic music that helps truly bring our favorite films to life right before our very eyes. There’s just something about it that puts a smile on your face and that smile comes from the simplistic joy of experiencing something so ordinary yet so extraordinary at the same time. You can’t expect it, but you’re guaranteed to experience it. Walt Disney understood that joy that’s so very hard to put into words. 
Walt made a deliberate effort to bring in the best at what they did to make his elaborate dreams a reality in a way that no one else could get quite right. For example, Richard Sherman (renowned Disney composer and Disney Legend) tells a story of how Walt Disney called him in to his office one day and when he walked in Walt simply said he wanted to show him something. Walt led him to another part of the building and opened a door and all that was there was a room with animatronic birds. Sherman claims it was an unbelievable thing to experience as he watched the birds “come to life” right before his very eyes. When the demonstration was over, he said he was amazed but couldn't figure out what it was. Walt Disney looked at him and said I want you to write a song to explain it. (photo: wdwmagic.com) 

Being the artistic geniuses that Richard Sherman and his brother were (and still are today despite Robert’s passing), they took that simple instruction and ran with it. At this point you can imagine what that turned into later, but all it took was one song to transform animatronic birds into an attraction that later became an icon of the Disney Parks, The Enchanted Tiki Room! 

It’s amazing how one little detail of an experience makes all the difference. Richard Sherman also tells another, more well known story from the making of Mary Poppins. As most of us know, Mary Poppins was a great success, but that success came from a movie that was well rounded, original, and unique. The Sherman Brothers played a great role in creating the success of the movie through the songs that truly make the film. However, it paved the way for their role in many Disney films, but more importantly the Disney Parks.

Throughout the casting process for Mary Poppins, The Sherman Brothers were called into Walt Disney’s Studio to play music they developed and what would later become a part of the film. One of the songs Richard Sherman says that they played for Walt Disney was Feed the Birds. As they sang Walt just sat there and listened never saying a word until the song ended, then he looked up and said, “That’s the key to the whole story, isn't it?”. That very same day the contract was written for the music hiring the Sherman Brothers into the Disney Company. As Richard Sherman still claims today, “It was the best 10 years of my life!”  

During the production of the movie, he says that Walt would call him into his office and ask him to play that very same song many times. Walt would just stand there and stare out the North Window of his office until he finished. I can only imagine what must have been going through Walt’s head, and wouldn't it be incredible to know? (VIDEO: here’s the story straight from Richard Sherman) 

While that’s just an example, it just goes to show that a simple song or a simple array of sounds in the parks and beyond can create memories that you would never expect. Who knows what Walt was thinking, but I can guarantee that the music made all the difference, just as it does for each of us in the parks each and every time we go, no matter if we recognize it or not. It’s always the little things that make the biggest difference in the end. Something that Walt and the Disney Company understood and understand better than anyone. 

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Monday, August 29, 2016

NEWS: Children Under the Age of Ten Now Required to Fingerprint at Walt Disney World Parks

Children Under the Age of Ten Now Required to Fingerprint at Walt Disney World Parks
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While fingerprinting when you arrive at a Disney Park is nothing new, for some of the younger guests it very well may be! Reports are surfacing this week that children under the age of 10 are being required to fingerprint where they weren't required to in the past. The change is taking place at any location where Magic Bands are required for theme park entrance.  

Disney claims that the new practice is a result of the increased frequency of ticket fraud as well as guests sharing tickets with other families on separate days. This would allow the family to avoid buying a ticket or would make it possible to pay less for park entrance by adding additional days to their admission ticket then passing off the ticket to another guest under the age of 10. 

While I understand the reasoning behind the decision, many guests are likely to be upset by the inconvenience. Also, this may have an effect on the growing lines to enter the park, especially with the increased security that is required due to recent events. 

Let us know what you think. Do you like the new process? Do you dislike the process? Will it affect you?  

Source: wdwnt.com 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

4 Reasons to “Eat” Around the World At Epcot’s World Showcase

4 Reasons to “Eat” Around the World At Epcot’s World Showcase 
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For those of you who are die hard Disney Parks fans, you may have heard of a growing trend at Epcot called “Drinking Around The World”. While, for a certain audience, that can be an incredibly entertaining experience, Disney tends to frown upon the “game”. However, there is a clever alternative slowly making its way into the parks called “Eat Around the World”. 

For those of you who don't know, “Drink Around The World” was essentially a challenge to stop at each of the 11 countries represented throughout the World Showcase and sample a form of alcohol at each and every stop. As you can imagine, it doesn't always end well. Thankfully, with the growing trend towards food and garden related festivals in Epcot, eating at each of the countries instead of drinking is slowly growing in popularity. 

Now, I don't recommend you eat a full meal at every single country represented, because that may have entirely different consequences of its own (although I may try it one of these days!).  Instead, make an effort to try a taste of some food item or share something with friends or family as you go. By the end of your experience you may have an entirely new form of entertainment and something to look forward to each and every time you visit Walt Disney World. While that sounds simple, it truly is an experience that can change the way you view the park. So, with all the details covered, here are my 4 simple reasons to “Eat Around the World!”    
-It’s Fun for the Whole Family! 

There’s just something special about sharing a meal with family. I’m not sure if it’s the fellowship or the food (we can’t forget the food!), or just spending time with those you truly care about the most. However, for some reason a meal at Walt Disney World isn’t just a meal but rather an experience all on its own. For many, its even the highlight of many of their vacations over the years. It’s one of those things you just have to see to believe but somehow that simple joy of sharing stories from your day in the parks or hearing each person's favorite part of the vacation up to that point makes a meal at Disney one of the best ways to truly create wonderful memories for those of all al ages. Everyone can participate in a meal, the offerings are second to none (especially at Epcot) and the food is extraordinary at nearly any location. (granted there are a few exceptions… feel free to ask questions in the comments below and I’ll be sure to answer them!)     

-You Get to Broaden Your Horizons 

While Epcot was never originally designed to be a cultural experience, in a way that is part of what it has developed into over the years. Originally it was a learning experience and would essentially be the “City of Tomorrow” in Walt Disney’s eyes. While that vision never truly became a reality, Epcot still remains a learning experience. No matter where you decide to eat or what you intend on trying, being surrounded by and experiencing the cultures represented in The World Showcase really opens your eyes to the vast enormity of the world around you. In my own opinion there’s no better way to experience a culture than by experiencing something as essential to daily life as their food. Food in many cases creates a greater backstory of the entire country. Traditions develop over time, but food is usually something that stays true to its roots. 

Epcot’s representations aren't always spot-on, but at the same time by expanding your pallet to new and unique offerings you get to learn what you like and dislike in a very first hand type of opportunity. At the end of the day you can say, at the very least, that you tried something new and who knows, it may end up being something you end up going back to for years to come. Take that leap of faith and try something new no matter how simple it may be!    

-You Will Avoid Most of the Long Lines! 

As many of us know, patience is key to a successful Disney vacation. If you don't pack anything else, pack your patience. It’s the one tip that is found in every Disney guidebook and the key to enjoying a Disney vacation (shameless plug… check out my book, The Adventurer’s Guide to Walt Disney World, on Amazon). However, Eating Around the World is the rare exception to that rule. You really don't have to be patient. Chances are, the only line you’ll have to wait in is the short line for the next food item on your list. You can sit down in the off the beaten path nooks of the World Showcase, enjoy a nice snack and relax in the Florida sunshine until you're ready to move to you're next destination. It really is a freeing experience, you don't have to wait an hour for the next item on your “list” and many times you get to explore parts of Epcot that you may have overlooked in the past. 

Recently, even I stumbled across something I had never experienced before in the Morocco Pavilion! It may not be a completely new show or a completely new attraction, but may be just a little detail that you had simply overlooked or never noticed in the past. To me, that’s one of the best parts of the Disney experience. There’s always something new to see and no matter how hard you try, there is no way to see it all. The parks are constantly changing and developing as was the vision from the beginning and thankfully those little changes often times keep us coming back. Changes allow new memories to be created and new adventures throughout a place we all have grown to love.   

-You Can Experience Dinner With a Show!  

Lastly, there’s just something special about dinner and a show. Of course, Disney offers their own “dinner shows in Morocco, Germany, etc. but those aren't necessarily the ones I'm referring to. What I’m talking about to is the “show” that the World Showcase becomes. After experiencing a few locations, you start to realize that at Epcot you can never have the same view twice. One day you can be sitting in China staring out over the World Showcase Lagoon as the sunlight twinkles on the water and then 4 hours later you can experience the nighttime magic of Illuminations from the exact same spot. 

China is just one of the many spots where this is true. You can eat at Monsieur Paul and have a completely new experience and a completely different view from any seat in the house. You can eat outside at Rose and Crown and experience one of the best views of Illuminations at night or slip inside for a journey over sees to an authentic British pub. You never know what experience you’re going to have on any given day and that makes the destinations all the more interesting. 

I’ve been asked hundreds of times why I keep going back to Disney above any other vacation destination and that may just be one of the many reasons. It’s never the same experience, but at the same time it’s always a wonderful experience that I’ll never forget. Every once in awhile you have to try something new, and I highly recommend “Eating Around the World!” 

Thanks for reading and please share this post with friends, family, and anyone you know that may have an interest in Disney. We are not associated with the ©Disney Company, and give our honest opinions of all things Disney. I truly appreciate you taking the time out of your day to read this article and I understand how valuable your time is. As a friend of mine always says, “time is your most valuable resource” (-Lou Mongello) and I really appreciate you spending that time here with me reading the guide4wdw blog. 

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Often Untold Story of the “Disney” Carousels

by: guide4wdw - Collin

For many of us, a Disney Carousel is a signal that you’ve officially reached Fantasyland when walking through the parks, but very few know the backstory and the connection the Carousels have to Walt Disney himself. Come to find out, one particular ride could have even led to the entire vision of Disneyland in the first place. While some believe that conclusion could be a stretch, it’s hard to pass up the incredible detail and story involved with such a simple aspect of the Disney parks. 

As the story goes, Walt Disney once took his daughter out to Griffith Park as he did fairly frequently during his time away from animation and production in Los Angeles. As he sat on a bench watching the crowds and taking in the scene, he realized that a majority of the people in the park were sitting around watching their kids have a good time. To Walt, something seemed out of place, and he came to the realization that the adults and their kids should have a place to go to have fun together. The theme parks didn't have to be for children OR for adults, but rather a place for everyone to be a kid again for even a short period of time. He wanted a place that people could leave the troubles of life behind and just enjoy for even a few minutes some time without any worries!  

So, being the genius entrepreneur Walt had proved himself to be, he took the idea and ran with it and we all know what that turned into today. While that vision may not be completely the same as it once was, the Disney company still strives to present a first class experience to each and every guest. Thankfully, the story of the Carousels doesn’t end with just one story. 

As you may know, that very same Griffith Park ride became the inspiration for the Disneyland Carousel that many of us have enjoyed for over 60 years! While Walt Disney had a vision, he strived to make that vision a reality in a way that very few people are capable of doing. He had developed experience from his backyard miniature railroad, the Carolwood Pacific, and already had a loyal following of friends and family that he entertained week by week. Then, he just took the next step and developed Disneyland from a simple idea that developed from Griffith Park! It definitely wasn't an easy process and one that was plagued by financial barriers, but the results speak for themselves and offer a lesson to each and everyone one of us to never give up on our dreams. 

While that’s the story of Disneyland’s Carousel or at least part of it, Walt Disney World’s Prince Charming Regal Carousel has a story of it’s own. While building the Magic Kingdom, the search develop for a Carousel that would be feature prominently in the park. When they found the best option, it happened to be in Maplewood, New Jersey, at Olympic Park. However, the attraction was far from perfect. It was originally built in 1917 and clearly needed an update. Imagineering went to work and successfully refurbished the entire attraction from the bottom up. A new theme was developed, and in a way the refurbishment continues even today. 

Each and every day, the Carousel is continually updated. Each of the horses is painted on a cycle with reserve horses filling in the gaps. Each “ride vehicle” is hand painted and kept up to date in a way that most guests would never realize the slight changes in day to day operations. The attraction never needs to be down for long refurbishments as result and rumor has it that even the beams holding the horses are polished each and every night to avoid discoloration and deterioration over time. 

As you can imagine, it must be an elaborate process, but one of the most rewarding jobs in the parks. You would quite literally be keeping history alive. So, next time you’re on the Carousel at Disneyland or Walt Disney World be sure to appreciate the history and enjoy the attraction in a way that you’ve never quite experienced it before. After all, it is the oldest attraction at Walt Disney World (although technically the Roy O. Disney steam train was built in February 1916, one year before the Carousel) and it still functions flawlessly to this day!

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Why you shouldn’t “over plan” your Disney Vacation

Why you shouldn’t “over plan” your Disney Vacation 
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There's really two kinds of people in the Disney community. Those who plan obsessively and those who don't plan at all. While neither of those vacation strategies are necessarily a bad way to do things, it certainly makes a difference in the overall quality of your individual vacation. However, over planning can be detrimental to a vacation in more then one way.

For example, in many cases, a Disney vacation is planned out months and sometimes years in advance. Planning in advance is great and makes a huge difference within the realm of availability and reservations both within the parks as well as at the resorts, but going overboard can have the reverse effect. 

When you have that list of everything that “has to be done” there’s no time to step back and “smell the roses”. Truth be told, that could very well be one of the greatest highlights of any Disney vacation. Next time you’re in the parks, take a minute to set all the plans aside and just listen and observe for just a few minutes. You may very well be amazed by what you observe. The busy crowds tend to fade away as they race to their next attraction and for just a few minutes you get to experience first hand, “the Disney difference”. You get to see all the details that you overlooked running from attraction to attraction, the sounds you’ve heard but never truly listened to before, and you get to witness one of the greatest aspects of a Disney vacation, the joy on the faces of those around you. 

There’s no other place in the world that so many happy people are gathered in one place. Somehow though, it doesn’t really hit you until you just take a moment to observe every little detail of what’s going on around you. It truly is an incredible feeling and it’s those memories that keep so many of us returning to Walt Disney World. When you really think about it, a Disney vacation isn't about the attractions, it isn't about the food (as good as the food really is!), and it isn't even necessarily about the place, but rather the memories that the place creates! We don't remember the wait time of our favorite attraction being two hours longer then normal, or that our hotel room wasn't perfect when we checked in. We remember the looks on the faces of the people we care the most about as they stare wide-eyed at the castle, or swim in the pool at the resort, or when they ride the monorail for the very first time. These are things that can’t be planned for, no matter how hard so many of us try. 
So, I’m not saying you should “wing it”, but rather you should take time to enjoy the simple aspects that make a Disney vacation different than a time anywhere else! That truly is the Disney difference, but it’s something you really have to experience to completely understand. I can’t guarantee that your vacation will be perfect, but I can guarantee that a Disney vacation will create memories that will last a lifetime and isn’t that what it’s all about?(picture: Walt Disney World's Boardwalk Resort)     

When Walt Disney formulated the idea for Disneyland, he didn't do it for the attractions, or even his love of trains, but rather due to an idea that he had spending time with his daughter at a run down amusement park (more on that in my next blog). His goal was to create a place where parents and kids could have fun together and when it comes right down to it, that’s what its all about. 

As always, thanks for reading and be sure to share with friends on twitter/instagram/facebook or any other way! If you’re interested, I also have a book available on amazon.com called “The Adventurer’s Guide to Walt Disney World” for even more Disney information, history, tips and tricks to Walt Disney World! 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Could The Adventurers Club be Returning in an Entirely New Way?


by: guide4wdw - Collin

As you may or may not know, Disney has been slowly developing a secret society for many years. The group is very rarely referenced, but for some reason has seen a great resurgence throughout the last year. While this doesn't necessarily prove an upcoming reboot of “The Adventurer’s Club”, it does seem to lead the way for something completely new that could tie up the loose ends of the ever changing and constantly evolving story of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers.

For many that name will ring a bell, but for others it may be one of the little details that you could have very easily overlooked throughout your time in the parks. The Society of Explores and Adventurers (S.E.A) began quite a few years ago when Downtown Disney included an area called Pleasure Island. As a part of the experience a nightclub began that was named “The Adventurers Club”.

Under the leadership of Joe Rhode, Disney had created a club that grew to achieve a devout following and fan base that many assume led to the story of the entire society as a whole and its incorporation in the Disney Parks and Resorts world-wide. The club was an incredibly unique experience that became a center of nightlife for years at Walt Disney World. The location had a certain ora of mystery to it that begged guests to continue coming back to explore and learn about the many aspects of the adventure and mystery that were so difficult to uncover. There was a club pledge, a song, and even a few live shows along the way, but the most incredible aspect was that everything was so believable that it could very easily be a part of a realistic tale that had been told for generations. 

Unfortunately, the Club closed its doors just over 8 years ago and no definite signs of its return are anywhere on the horizon, at least not in the way that it formerly was. However, a deeper level story has continued on in a very subtle and secretive way that unless you look for it is virtually untraceable.

After the Adventurers Club met its infinite demise, the society actually became much more secretive than it had been in the past. Fortunately, subtle nods popped up in the international parks. The story itself is never directly told, but is rather left up to the guests to slowly figure out over time by piecing the story to gather and tracing the characters through time. While not an attraction, it could very well be an Imagineering marvel!   

At Tokyo Disney Sea, a member of the society (Harrison Hightower III) is seen in a portrait exploring the Lost River Delta which is home to the Temple of the Crystal Skull. While that seems like a fairly innocent reference, it could be a subtle connection to the Indian Jones franchise and more specifically Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull, an attraction also at Tokyo Disney Sea. 

As you may know, the Indiana Jones franchise has recently surfaced by means of Jock Lindsey’s Hangar bar at the recently redeveloped Disney Springs. In the press release for the new bar, Disney released this statement connecting it to the society in a way that had not been directly referenced in the U.S. parks sense The Adventurers Club’s demise. 

"Jock made a home at this waterfront property in the 1940s after discovering this charming little town while flying Indiana Jones over the Sunshine State in search of the elusive Fountain of Youth in 1938. As a member of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers, Jock often welcomed his globetrotting friends to his hangar for a drink and fun times.”

While that does bring the story full circle back to “Downtown Disney”, it doesn't really and truly explain the connection. However, directly after this locations debut, other, less subtle references began to develop throughout Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

That brings us to Jungle Skipper Canteen in Adventureland. Disney directly states that the location functioned as a secret meeting area of the S.E.A. but never fully develops the backstory and connection to the club. Within the restaurant there is a secret room behind a bookcase that has now been opened to the public because it is “no longer in use by the society”. The club seal is proudly displayed on the wall, but the actual room itself adds to the mystery more than it truly answers any of the questions the elaborate tale has created. It’s almost as if the “missing link” has been intentionally left out of the entire design. 

(As a side note, be sure to take a look at the bookshelves for subtle references to Disney legends and executives… John Lasseter, Marty Sklar, etc.) 

Even more recently than the Canteen, after the remodel of Big Thunder Mountain, associations between a Barnabas T. Bullion (President and Founder of the Big Thunder Mining Company)  and a Jason Chandler popped up in the queue of the attraction by means of a letter. The letter clearly states Chandler advising Bullion to abandon the mine after a former incident. While that is intriguing on its own, the letter is conveniently signed “Founding Member… The Society of Explorers and Adventurers”. 

While none of these conceptual references surrounding attractions and dining locations necessarily point to one particular "next step" by Disney Imagineering, it does present the notion that there has to be something to the story. It isn't like Imagineering to develop something so elaborate for no particular reason and the continuing references throughout the parks nation wide imply that something must be coming to tie everything together. There’s no way to know what’s coming, but the implication of something big on the horizon involving the S.E.A. seems inevitable. 

Additional areas of the Disney Parks and resorts also refer to the club, but definite links have never been formerly established. For example, the society is even showing up in more unusual locations such as the Oceaneer Lab aboard the Disney Magic and is even rumored to be appearing in Shanghai Disneyland in many different ways! The latest in the theme parks based comic series even references the society in a round about way in the story of Thunder Mountain.

Also, there is a direct reference in the entire theming of Mystic Manor (Hong Kong Disney’s Haunted Mansion variant) including pictures of the society, two members of the club telling the story of the attraction and many other hidden tales that I won’t speak of here so that the attraction isn't ruined.

While it’s been many years sense the story of the society began, it’s impossible not to wonder what comes next. With the development of Disney Springs nearing completion it’s almost certain a variation of the Adventurers Club will not be returning there. However, there is a certain level of intrigue that is presented as to why Disney has held on to the story for so long and connected it throughout their parks to inevitably no obvious conclusion to the story. It’s almost as if Imagineering is building up for something big that many of us have been waiting for over the years. 

Granted, it may not be a new, physical club, but it’s hard to overlook that there must be something there. There’s too much buildup and too much of a story that is intentionally hidden for it not to lead to something big. I have absolutely no idea what that may be, but for some reason it feels as if there must be something more to the story or rather a different “conclusion” to the story that will go beyond a clever theming concept. There has to be a reason for everything at an Imagineering level and to me it seems inevitable that something big could be on the horizon for the “secret” society. 

What would you like to see in the next development of the story? Do you think it’s just a clever addition to attractions or could it be a setup for one of Imagineering’s next big debuts? Maybe the theming for a big on-screen film? or even possibly something beyond the parks altogether? Be sure to let me know in the comments. 

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Why Disney?

Why Disney?  

If you’re a Disney fan, enthusiast, or simply just enjoy the parks you’ve undoubtedly heard the age old question, “Why Disney?” While most of our minds jump to a specific restaurant or an attraction we’ve boarded hundreds of times that always puts a smile on our face, it’s hard not to think there has to be more to it then just that.

No, I don't think I’ve figured out exactly what it is, but at the same time it’s something that can be understood and felt in a way that very few completely understand. There’s a certain “joy” manifested in the parks that seems to overwhelm everyone that walks through the gates.You can be sad, upset, or worried about any number of things in life, but for some reason all of those things simply drift away as soon as you get to the parks. 

While for many all of this seems like something that only happens in dreams, many of you recognize and understand that exact feeling. To a certain extent I believe it’s one of the many things that keeps each and every one of us coming back. Yes, there have been price increases and changes that aren't always welcomed, but no matter what, those of us who know that feeling will do anything we can to get back to experience it all over again.

There’s nothing quite like it, but for some reason or another the feeling is familiar in a way that can only be described as being a kid again. The worries of life slip away, and for just a few hours or even a few days everything seems to be perfect in an unbelievable way. The lines get long, the parks get crowded, but at the same time whenever those situations arise, there’s honestly no place any of us would rather be. 

So many people have said over the years that a bad day fishing is better then a good day anywhere else. A day at Disney is the same in so many ways. It can rain the entire day, but at the end of the night look around you and see how many people still have a huge smile on their face. It’s the only place in the world that you can be completely soaked and loving every minute of it. Of course, most of us prefer those sunny days Florida is notorious for, but even on the worst of days, we never want to leave! 

That feeling of pure joy is something that isn't always found everyday in today’s world, but at Disney it seems like it will never be lost. However, I always like to say that it’s not about the place, but rather the people. Attractions come and go, but the opportunity to enjoy friends, family, and experiences in the parks is something that will never change. 

So, next time someone asks you the question of, “Why Disney?”, try not to go straight to your favorite attraction, but rather to the memories that will always be with you from your time in the parks. Disney gives us something that each and every one of us searches for, the ability to create memories and relive experiences that no other place provides. 

Every aspect of the Disney company hits home with theme park guests in a way that takes us back to something we search for in life, the ability to be a kid again, but also to relive memories that made us who we are today. 

While some of what I’ve said may not hit home with those of you planning a Disney vacation, hopefully it gives you something to look forward to. Each returning Disney guest knows the feelings a Disney vacation invoke and for those of you wondering, that is, “Why Disney?” That truly is what it’s all about. It’s a look on a family members face walking down Mainstreet, a game you make up on the bus to the parks, a night around the campfire at a resort, or even the simple memory of being with family and being perfectly content. Disney isn't the perfect vacation destination, but at the same time the memories created there are the key to the entire destination. Disney doesn't always get everything right, but they did get one thing right, “unforgettable happens here”. 

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