What Does Disney Mean?
In 1929 a man, but a man not like any other man, moved west. A few bucks in his pocket, and a dream. From this dream, an empire grew. This empire started with little films, growing into features, an entertainment delivery system like no other then or today.
In the years of this growth, through the generations, Disney has touched many people, almost 90 years worth. If you’re reading this, you are one who has been touched, or will be . Whether it is in the chat tool, the forums, jukebox, or all of them, you are indeed touched by the Disney Dream (pun intended). The sponsors of this site have shared their dream with us, allowing all of us to dream together. They have invited us and brought us into their circle of memories. Friendships have been created and dreams have been shared and made. Not many products have this effect on total strangers.
What does that mean to you? What does that mean to me? What it means to each individual is different. Is it joy, memory, fun, message? Look around when you’re in Disney. Whether it is a store, the parks, a hotel, it really doesn’t matter the location, look at the people inside. Look at their faces. Those are faces of joy.
Disney is a font of joy, fun and memories. Everyone has their trigger, their favorite association. Each one of you here can relate in the comments where your origination story emanates from. Mine began as far back as 1965. yes, I am old, but I have been blessed to live long enough to enjoy the Disney font. My love of Park History was birthed from this joy.
What does a Disney Princess mean to you? Strength, beauty, truth, honesty? What does it mean to that little girl who wants to dress like her? Disney speaks to young and old alike. It speaks every language, including the language of the heart. Disney is community. Online, in the parks, movie theaters, books, magazines, even on your phone. Everyone has one thing in common, the memories are a treasured joy we keep with us forever. I am almost 58 years old, and I still remember my family trips to Disneyland when I was 5 and 6 years old. The fact that I still have memories that long ago amazes me, and frankly, I don’t remember others. That is the strength of the experience, the anchor of Disney that resides on ones heart.
When I think of what Disney means to me, it is that family connection. Memories before technology. Memories with my family. Memories with my friends. Today, my wife of 30 years and I celebrate these memories and we pass them on to the next generation. Our last trip was with my Granddaughter, and the cycle continues. It seems appropriate to me that the phrase “Circle of Life ” is one Disney elevated.
In my family, that Circle is now in its 4th generation. So I say to all of you who read this, embrace the Circle of Disney Life, pass on the traditions, experience the joy of family, community and the memories. Yeah, doing Disney ain’t cheap, but ask yourself….
How much are memories you will carry your whole life worth?
I can tell you, from 52 years of memories, they are truly priceless.
Source: My heart