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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