I’ve spent much of the last two weeks watching the athletes of the London 2012 Games perform amazing athletic feats. During that time, I’ve experienced a peculiar mixture of admiration and awe with a dose of inadequacy and wonder; the wonder being, “I wonder what type of an event I could be an Olympian in?”
This question–what event could I actually compete in–is one I have considered since I was a child, watching Dorothy Hamill win gold. The options have constricted on me a bit. It was a bitter pill to realize that at the age of 7 I was probably too “old” to realistically try figure skating competitively. The badminton court I established on my front lawn never did much for me. Running cross country in high school was a painful chore. At this point in my life, I feel my only Olympic options left are archery (I have trouble threading a needle, so I am not sure that’s a good choice) and curling (again, there is a certain aiming skill I just don’t have…)
So…. I have decided, after many years of being an unfulfilled Olympian, to think outside the box. Why not make our OWN Olympics? A DISNEY Olympics. It will be an international event that allows us all to feel that champion inside. And make no mistake–there will NOT be any “traditional” Olympic events involved. With apologies to “Coach” Happy and the WDW Radio Running Team–you have your runDisney events. This Disney Olympics is for those of us who have unique Disney theme park “talents” and DO NOT want to run (or jump, or hurdle, or complete a two-and-a-half inverse pike while eating a Power Bar.)
I have seen guests who could undoubtedly medal in Strategic Parade Seating, Effective Toy Story Mania FastPass Procurement, and Clever Use of Dining Plan Snack credits. I’m pretty sure we know a certain lovable podcaster who would medal in multiple culinary events within the Disney parks. As for me, I am holding our hope that I can win gold in Finding a Seat at Casey’s While Balancing Three Kids’ Meals. I’ve been working on that one for years and think I have a good strategy in place!
So join me, my wanna-be Olympians and my wanna-be Imagineers: what unique Disney talents do YOU have that should be made into a Disney Olympic event? Share your thoughts in the comments below…and enjoy these last few nights of the amazing London 2012 Games.