Extraordinary Magic in Everyday Life
Sometimes, Disney just works its way into everyday conversation. I find this happens often: a single talking point about something Disney-related will strike a chord and set in motion an entire discussion instantaneously. People have a very real connection with the Walt Disney Company and the characters and stories it nourishes, and because of this, even complete strangers can go on talking for a lengthy period of time sharing their Disney memories.
I experienced this just the other day. I was at the eye doctor for my annual check-up. This happened to be a new clinic for me, so it was my first time meeting everyone there. They were super nice, and inevitably, all independent of each other, the three staff members steered the conversation back to Disney–their initiation, not mine.
Granted, there was some prodding. The typical “about you” questions that most new acquaintances ask each other led to me sharing my major, Film, and that I’d love to work in theme parks; and that one can’t really major in theme parks, but that fundamentals of theme parks are rooted in cinematic principles. And the minute—the exact moment—I mentioned the word “Disney,” their face lit up. It sparked something in them, and the conversation spiraled into a lively talk covering everything from Goofy to Frozen.
The nurse in particular said something that will stay with me for a long time. As I paid my bill and said goodbye, she remarked, “I hope your dream comes true so that you can make everyone else’s dream come alive.”
It took me completely by surprise and encouraged me tremendously.
That’s it. That’s what Disney does. Whether I actually work there in whatever capacity some day or not, I had never considered the purpose of what Disney does so well: What they do ignites dreams.
And I know I’m not the only one. Have you ever made someone’s day (or has someone made your day) by having a spontaneous Disney conversation?
(Image from author’s personal family collection.)
Blake is a college student focusing on Film and Media Studies. He enjoys making his family of six watch the parade on Main Street and then sprint to Frontierland in time to see it again. You can follow Blake’s random Disney ramblings on Twitter at @olddirtyblake, or at BlakeOnline.com.