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So this is what Disney does to me

I checked in a little while ago at Disney’s Polynesian resort, after one of the worst flights in memory. If there was ever a situation where a person should spend money on first class tickets, it’s when traveling to Orlando without kids. Most of the plane was headed for Disney World. I was surrounded by screaming, kicking children and parents who just weren’t caring enough about what their kids were doing. By the end of the flight I was not in a very Disney mood.

It took forever to get my luggage because I couldn’t recognize my own bag. I was starving and thirsty and among the many things I’d forgotten to pack was my Tylenol, which I was really needing at that point.

I went through the line to the Magical Express, and watched as the man showing us to the bus turned around and offered to give a “high 4″ to the kids in front of me with his big Mickey glove. They were so excited, jumping up to meet his big hand! And I just melted. They were still in the airport, but their Disney experience had begun.

I lost it a little again on the bus, when they showed the magical memories commercial, the one with all of the kids being told that they’re going to Disney World. I was remembering my first time at Disney World. My dad put down a $50 deposit to borrow a Polaroid camera, to record our magical memories. I wonder where those pictures are.

Yesterday some people I know were tweeting about Disney just being a massive marketing machine. But they’re not looking at it from a kid’s point of view. For a kid, it’s magic. And if Disney is a massive marketing machine, at least they have an incredible product to market.

I’ll be back here in a few weeks with my kids, and I can’t wait to make more magical Disney memories with them.

I have no idea how to disclose this post. Disney was a special part of my life for 35 years before I had any kind of relationship with them. I work with them because I love them. I’m very lucky.

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9 Responses to “So this is what Disney does to me”

  1. Denise Traynor on February 25th, 2011 10:52 pm

    Go Amy- good luck on the run.

    Amy Reply:

    @Denise Traynor: Thanks! I’ll let you know how it turns out. :-)

  2. Clare Swindlehurst on February 26th, 2011 10:17 am

    “Yesterday some people I know were tweeting about Disney just being a massive marketing machine. But they’re not looking at it from a kid’s point of view. For a kid, it’s magic. And if Disney is a massive marketing machine, at least they have an incredible product to market.”

    I don’t think you even have to look at it from a Kid’s POV. We don’t have kids and yet WDW is our vacation destination of choice, and I am proud to call it my Happy Place. Whenever we drive through those gates with Mickey Mouse waving I leave my cares behind and just give myself up to the magic ::sigh::

    The people who see the Marketing are missing the point, and that makes me sad :(
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    Amy Reply:

    @Clare Swindlehurst: Thanks so much for your comment Claire. I agree. When I was 18 my future husband and I came here for a week. A couple years later I came back for ten days with a friend. It’s a fantastic place for adults. I just get extra sad when I encounter parents who are so anti-Disney because I wonder if they’re going to deny their kids a Disney experience on principal.

  3. Cara Robinson on February 26th, 2011 5:05 pm

    I can’t wait to take Chloe to Disney World!! Sure it’s just a huge marketing machine…who cares it’s fun!!!

    Amy Reply:

    @Cara Robinson: Oh, I so want to be with you when you take her! We should all try to go together. Going with the kids is so much fun.

  4. Charles on February 26th, 2011 5:23 pm

    I used to be very cynical about Disney World. But in October of 2008 I was fortunate enough to be able to take my family there for a week. I am a convert now, not just for the kids which was priceless, but for my wife who seemed 10 times more beautiful by the time we left. We were tired, mentally wiped out, and yet we were smiling like our lives depended on it and just as contented as the kids were. That is how I remembered what it felt like to really be a kid again at 36 years old. Good luck on your run.

    Amy Reply:

    @Charles: That is such a sweet comment, it’s making me tear up! I’m so glad you got to experience it.

  5. Tara Burner on February 27th, 2011 9:11 am

    my daughter and I were just at polynesian resort mon/tues/wed!
    cant wait to see your update!