Most people would not expect a Press/PR trip to be magical. We met with over twenty Disney employees, while experiencing little bites of what Disney has to offer throughout the weekend. The Disney employees (or cast members as they are called) embody the spirit of Disney. They are what makes Disney magical. Whether it was the director of food and beverages for the whole park, the affordability expert, or the Epcot employees who used their red flashy light sabers to escort us to our VIP deck to view the Epcot Illuminations Reflections of Earth fireworks show, they were all proud of the work they were doing and staunch supporters of the mission and purpose of Disney as a whole.
Here are a few examples:
- One of the other blogging moms observed that even those who performed crowd control at the parade did so with a smile on their faces.
- While in the park, I observed our hosts and other employees, regardless of job description, picking up any trash that they saw while they were in the park. Cleanliness makes for a magic vacation.
- Two of our moms had a hard time finding their way back to the hotel when they were leaving Epcot (since we were escorted around, we never really gained our bearings). A cast member walked them out. As they walked, they found out they he was a Dream Maker. That's a coveted role, and especially now in the Year of a Million Dreams. It's his job to surprise random guests with dreams come true--little and big. Disney World has employees whose job it is to lavish special surprises on their paying guests--how amazing is that?
When you see a magician's show, the slight of hand keeps you guessing. It's a marvel that you don't really want to deconstruct, because when you understand what's behind it, the magic disappears and the fun is lost. I spent three days hearing the stories of those who are most passionate about Disney--the employees--and after doing so, I'm convinced that the magic isn't an illusion.
Disney World IS magic.
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