These things that I've learned are probably not new to you (or who ever is actually reading my posts here) but maybe gentle reminders of what we all know deep inside as performers, writers, and well, just artists.
Now, mind you, I am not being paid by Disney World to write this and this is my own opinion - so you can read it and you can either agree with me, or not, that's up to you.
1) Your dreams really can come true: I mean if Disney can dream up a mouse (Mickey) cartoon and then create a World of entertainment for families and younger generation to engage in the Magic - then you can dream up something. According to a quote I read while I was there, was "If you get a great idea, dog it. Dog it until it's done right. Then when you think it's done, dog it again." - Walt Disney.
2) When you are performing, you have to fine tune it to make sure that people/customers/patrons believe you. When I saw those characters (yes, I saw Goofy too) they are them, they are called them, they are not called by their first or last names they are the characters, even the other staff/cast members are known to call them by their character names and not their real names. If they do that, then they lose the magic of it all. But also on this note, some other performers (The Flight of Wonder) showed class, entertainment and education. I think that is also important to note that you have to educate your audience especially if you have under age adults that want to learn things.
3) "Keep moving forward" - Walt Disney - yes, this is very true, because even if whatever you are dreaming of or thinking of doesn't work or is not going to be the "show" then you have to fix it, fine tune it or just create something else all together. You just have to not worry about if what you did was a "failure" - you just have to shrug your shoulders and just keep moving forward.
4) Even if you aren't so brave, you must act brave in front of your 7 year old child. I am afraid of heights. I am afraid of flying. Charlie (my 7 year old) was saying to me, just be brave mummy, you can do it, and squeezed my hand.
I was then less afraid and even did some crazy rides like 'Soarin' - yeah...you are simulated in flight and NOT in a plane - but outside flying over oceans, canyons, mountains, rivers, etc...oh and with smells included. I even did Mission Space - yeah...with turns no less...I did NOT do well on that...note to self, I will never be an astronaut.
5) You have to learn to be patient. There are lines every where there, and you just have to wait your turn until you actually get to go on the ride...yes, they do have fast passes there too, but you still need to wait...sometimes it was worth getting the fast pass, and other times, it was just worth it to wait in line.
6) Always be thankful of the moment. What I mean by this, is that you have to thank the people around you and often because if you don't then, you never know where you will be. Disney is a huge team. From the people who collect the trash to the people who are the entertainers. They all know the songs, they all smile, they all acknolweldge you or your kids with a great big smile, and everyone is so happy because of it. Yes, there will be some complaints, but really, all in all, you are going to have a great time, because that's what Disney is all about. Of course, the complaints were about how the Monorail stopped for about an hour or so and got stuck, but from what I learned is it was because there was a thunderstorm and lightning stopped the tracks...so really nothing Disney can do about that...
7) Always know your limits - yeah, I pulled my back a few weeks ago at work, but I know what I can and can not do. I made sure that some of the rides that I didn't want to do, I said to hubby and Charlie, that I was going to sit them out - and I am SO glad I did.
8) Animal Kingdom is just amazing to me...all those wild animals just grazing while looking at all the humans going by, just incredible site to see.
9) Talking Crush - wow, that was just very cool, and Charlie got to ask him a question, and yes, he did answer it...pretty dang cool for a program that's animated
10) Food there is just amazing (minus one place that we didn't love, but it was still good) - and if you go, you should get the Deluxe plan, because you get the most for your buck.
As some of you know, my family (hubby, Charlie and myself) went to Disney World this last week and I've learned quite a few things and thought I would share them with you (along with blogging about it on my other blog as well,