/ Monday, June 3rd, 2013

My loyalty to Disney is absolute. I have never been to Universal Studios (nor do I intend to) and have only castle1unwillingly seen some Dreamworks movies.

However, at the end of the day, living over one thousand miles from Walt Disney World (and three time zones away from Disneyland) makes my heart ache.  So, sometimes….. when I am in need of a fix…  shhhh…..

I go to other “theme parks.”

I know.  I really should be ashamed.  But, I have grown to comfort my self-induced guilt by making said excursions “research trips” (as our good friend Lou would say.)   I work “undercover” as a future (aspiring) Disney Imagineer and look at what other parks do.  It took me a while to concede that it was possible that any theme park other than Disney might have good ideas.  However, I have grudgingly, at times, found myself at another park (I know…I’m a heathen) and begun wondering, “I wonder why Disney doesn’t do that?” or “How would this work if Disney did it?”

And so, after my most recent jaunt to a park-not-known-as-Disney, I decided I should start sharing my inner Imagineering with my WDW Radio family.  In upcoming weeks, I will share some of the policies, ideas, and events these “other” parks have and brainstorm with you:

1. What is the idea and how does this idea work in the “other” park?

2. How would/could this idea work if it were at a Disney Park?

3. What would be the advantages and disadvantages of incorporating that idea into a Disney Park?

And then, we will vote–and decide if this is something we would like to see in our parks!

Oh, and I need your help!  If you find yourself in “another” theme park this summer (I won’t tell) and you see an idea, policy, or event that you find yourself wondering “I wonder what Disney Parks Would Do” with that idea, snap a picture and send it my way!  I would love to discuss it and put it to a vote!  You can always reach me at Christy@WDWRadio.com

Next time, our first WWDPD (What Would Disney Parks Do) involves….. family dryers outside water rides!




8 thoughts on “WWDPD? What Would Disney Parks Do–A NEW Series”

  1. Steamboat Eddie says:

    This is a cool idea. I absolutely love the introduction to this post! I feel your pain Christy. I live 1142 miles and 2 feet from WDW but who’s counting! I can’t bring myself to go to “other” parks, I just can’t lol.

    Catch later!

  2. Barbara Bergmann says:

    You know, it’s really good idea!

  3. Chris says:

    I agree with Eddie, this is a great idea and I can’t wait to see continue.

  4. lawrence says:

    i live 4000 miles and a 9hr flight away! still been 20 times and wont go anywhere else! DLRP just isnt the same! lol

  5. Lizzie says:

    This is an absolutely great idea!!! I’ve been to a few other “theme parks” in my day, but Disney always stays on top, and there are plenty of reasons as to why. But this is a great idea, and that might be that part of me that wants to be an Imagineer myself, but probably not! I can’t wait for these posts to continue!

  6. Tom says:

    I’ve probably been to WDW over 500 times since opening day. I’ve stayed at every resort, eaten at every restaurant … the point is you’d be hard pressed to find a bigger fan. But even I can see the quality has gone down in the past few years and TDO’s short sightedness in investing in Next Gen over the actual parks is digging a bigger hole … Universal is doing everything WDW used to excel at … you shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss what they have to offer.

  7. Great idea! I too live about 1100 miles away. I have been to other parks and find myself comparing them to Disney. Can’t wait to read more.

  8. Jodi says:

    We have done this too – for the thrill rides ONLY! No other park is more superior than Disney though! This series will be a fun one 🙂