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The Magic of Disney
The Magic of Disney
When people ask me what is so special about Walt Disney World, the answer is very simple. It’s the magic.
When you park your car, for example, in the car park at Disney World, you don’t park in “Car Park A”, row 31, you park In Mickey, row 31 or Pluto, row 31. It is these small attentions to detail that make everything so special and different from any where else in the world.
The tram drivers who take you from the car park to the entrance are all dressed in cartoon style uniforms, even the ticket sellers in the booths and assistants in the shops are all dressed in a Disney style uniform, as are the servers in the restaurants and cafes. Each uniform is relevant to the area they are working in; in the Pinnochio restaurant, the staff all wear Tyrolean outfits . In Disney World, denim is a dirty word!
At each of the rides there are many staff guiding you through from the people keeping the queues moving to the staff helping you on and of the moving cars, all of them are dressed in the character of the ride. On the Haunted Mansion ride, they are made up to look like Victorian dead house servants. Very creepy! They stare at you in a really scary way and never speak. An announcer in the ride asks people to move to the “dead centre of the room”.
All around the park, staff are interacting with guests, talking to them, asking the children if they are having fun and generally adding to the atmosphere. It really is like walking into a cartoon film.
The Disney characters are either, signing autographs for the children, having their picture taken with them, cuddling them or just tapping them on the shoulder from behind and then waving to them. Their little faces are a picture! To be taken by surprise by a life size character that they have only ever seen in films or seen pictures of in books, is just so perfect for them. Most of them are struck dumb when they first see one; they just stare at them in awe.
During the parades, which happen during the morning, the afternoon and at night (the electric parade) the characters appear on huge floats passing down all the main streets of the park. Some of them walk or dance past and shake hands with the children and adults and then they interact together, like Chip and Dale the chipmunks, dancing together or The Wicked Stepmother from Snow White chasing her with a poisoned apple. It is no coincidence that the staff at Disney World are not called staff but “Cast Members” as they really do all act a part.
So come along, enjoy the experience for yourselves.
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