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Finding Disney in Reliving the Old

Extraordinary Magic in Everyday Life


Destination DAs we keep moving forward, it’s important (and often necessary) to not forget remnants of the past. Life brings joy after joy, and to let those experiences remain distant memories would be to devalue their worth.

D23 hosted its Destination D conference this past weekend in Walt Disney World. This year’s theme was “Attraction Rewind,” and shared stories from the pages of Imagineering history, with a specific emphasis on the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair and extinct Walt Disney World attractions. From panels to screenings to even a recreation of the Adventurer’s Club from Pleasure Island, the weekend was a celebration of fond things from the past.

As a Disney fan, it is not that difficult to find sources to vicariously re-live the pages of history. D23 consistently provides events and published material that dive into bygone eras. For example, visiting the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit at the Reagan Library in 2012 was one of the most enriching learning experiences I’ve had, getting a chance to see up-close pieces of a studio that fascinates me. Additionally, Blu-rays and DVDs today can almost always be counted upon to provide a plethora of knowledge behind their given subjects. The Lion King Diamond Edition and the Walt Disney Treasures sets are a few of my favorites. These give us thorough depth into experiences, people, and stories that made possible a specific project or event. They allow their specific topics to not be contained to the period in which they were thriving or current.

On a different note, what about reliving our own content? Part of our enthusiasm for Disney comes from products and services developed directly by the company, but the other half comes from our own individual experiences of those products and services. Capturing on social media highlights of emotions attached to these excursions can attribute to the preservation of such memories. Depending on the medium, though, they may be difficult to track down later. Facebook allows choosing a specific time to view content, but Twitter and Instagram don’t permit anything other than endless scrolling until the desired destination is reached, should you want to look back at photos from a specific experience later. A simple solution? Use a vacation hashtag. Be simply typing in your unique hashtag into the searchbar, you can see all posts linked with it, whether from you or someone in your party.

One of my favorite apps, Timehop, allows for the wonder of reliving of past memories. Timehop shows users what they posted on their social media platforms this day last year, and the year before that, and so on. It is completely private, so no one sees your daily recap except for you, unless you choose to share it. Each day, it’s a fun look back into happenings that I’m surprised I wouldn’t have remembered without seeing them again. I’m coming up on the anniversary of a Disney trip, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what I posted about it. Timehop is a thrilling reminder of vacations, film experiences, reactions to big news, different stages of life… much of what the WDW Radio blog exists to be in the moment, preserved for long-term sustainability.

How do you preserve your Disney memories?


(Image © Disney.)

Blake studies Electronic Media and Film at Appalachian State University. He enjoys making his family of six watch the parade in Frontierland and then sprint to Main Street in time to see it again. You can find him on Twitter @olddirtyblake or at BlakeOnline.com.