My mom and I went to Disney world last week to celebrate my impending 50th Birthday (Yikes!), and for me, a celebration of getting a "real" job! This was my 3rd time there, my mom's 4th time, so we stuck with things we liked and new things to check out. It was so hot and humid, I think even more so compared to when we went 31 years ago in July. It sapped us all our strength. All I can say is thank goodness for air conditioning!
These pictures are from the Magic Kingdom nighttime show, where they projected scenes from Disney movies, played music from them, and coordinated the fireworks with it all. It was amazing. I was in awe. As Sheldon says in "The Big Bang Theory," it was pure Disney magic.
I am always impressed by the Disney parks as the people who work there, for the most part, are friendly and cheerful. I don't know how they do it in the heat, humidity, screaming kids, and demanding parents. I think I would commit hari-kari pretty quickly. And they always do a good job. They are always committed to safety, reminding parents non-stop about their kids. When I saw a lost little girl, 4 Disney workers came to her aid and helped her find her family. I saw lots of adults and children with disabilities, and I am always pleased at how well Disney treats them. Even though I was stared at right and left all over the place, they are usually little children who don't know any better and whose parents didn't teach them any manners.
I am always impressed how Disney is innovating constantly. They never sit on their laurels, but continuously are updating, without destroying beloved entertainments. I still love the Pirates of the Caribbean and It's a Small World ride, and I still love the World Showcase at Epcot. My newer favorite is the African Safari at Animal Kingdom. It's like watching National Geographic Wild in real life!
Disney started these parks years ago, when parks were just for kids. He wanted to create a park that the whole family could enjoy together. And now look at it, parks all over the world.
I know some people don't like Disney. Like Ford, Morgan, Carnegie, Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, and other American titans of economy, life as we know it would be drastically different. They were successful because they knew what people wanted, and they met that need. This is part of what makes America great, that anyone with a dream, the will, and the ability, can make their dreams come true. Like my parents, who weren't able to go to college, who started out with no home to call their own, worked hard all their life, made sacrifices, and ensured the safety and welfare of their children. I can't thank my parents enough for teaching me the values that I hold dear. I will forever be in their debt. I love you mom and dad!