by Daniel Vickers
My children often tease about how weird I am when I get in the Parks. I tend to gravitate to those people in line who have never experienced a certain ride or event. I always want to ease those fears about how intense a ride may be, or discuss the best places to hang out for fireworks. My children tell me that it’s quite strange to approach random people and begin a conversation; but, to me, this is where part of the Magic lives.
Walt believed in doing everything possible to “plus” the Magic, why shouldn’t I? Can you imagine a world where everyone tried to “plus” the lives and experiences of others? Many of the world’s problems would be solved if we all put just a bit more effort into the well-being of others.
I recently had a conversation with my mother regarding her one trip to Walt Disney World in 1978 for her senior trip in high school. I asked her what her most memorable experience was when visiting the Kingdom. She couldn’t seem to recall many of the Park Attractions; but, one specific event seemed to stick with her…Tigger had one of her classmates bent over backwards trying to give her a kiss! This resonates with my memories of the first trip to WDW with my friend E.B. I couldn’t recall how many times we rode Splash Mountain, and I had little recollection of walking down Main Street for the first time; however, I could vividly remember breakfast at Chef Mickey’s, and the characters being so involved with everyone while they were dining.
These memories of my first trip to the Kingdom are some of my most cherished memories. My friend E.B. has since passed on. I often wish that I could have another romp through the Kingdom with him. He was a free, kind spirit and he embodied everything that Disney means to me. I have since been blessed to have the opportunity to hang out with other members of E.B.’s family, and we have had our own romps through the Kingdom! I look forward to many more!
Perhaps that is what we should be sharing with others when we meet them–to focus on the quality of experiences and not the number of rides. That is the surest way to experience the magic.
I have two questions for our readers this week:
1) Do you find yourself trying to “plus” the magic for others?
2) What part of your visit(s) to the Parks are the most memorable?
Remember, you’re a firework! Ignite the Light!