Not only am I am Neurotic Disney Mom, but I have a Neurotic Disney Kid. My son Jake is 4 years old. He will be 5 on August 29th. On August 5th he will be embarking on his 3rd trip to Walt Disney World. Last year we created a chain link count down complete with a plethora of Disney characters on the chains to count down our trip to WDW. Every day he would wake up, and promptly come jump on me, asking me to help him take down another piece of our chain. And then every hour on the hour he would ask “How many days again Mommy?”. This year we decided not to do a count down. What I really wanted to do was surprise him with our trip this year but since he has been going to WDW for the past 2 years every summer, he just kind of assumed we were going. Since he’s only 4 and doesn’t really have a concept of dates, I figure that I can still surprise him the morning of our trip.
Who is Bob Woodham you say? The name may not ring a bell, but if anyone has ever gone to a Disney park, you met him, or actually met many people like him…For Bob was a Disney Cast Member. Disney’s Cast Members are what I call “Disney’s Ambassadors.”
Most guests will never meet Bob Iger or Al Weiss or Meg Crofton, but all guests’ perceptions and opinions of Walt’s parks, his dreams, and ideas–everything that encompasses the Disney Company–is gleaned from meeting hard-working and dedicated cast members. They are the front-line of Disney, everyone from servers to ride attendants, performers, photographers, and even the guy who sweeps the street will set the mood and convey the Magic to all guests who encounter them. Walt himself knew the importance of his employees…“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” And these people are why Disney is such a magical and special place to millions.
The Disney Driven Life brings you the sixteenth episode of inner mouse. In this week’s show, Nicole, Scott, John, and JL discuss the Season of Giving and how the Cast Members of Disney have created countless “magical moments” for Disney fans with their constant giving that is above and beyond their training. In addition to that Team inner mouse shares their feelings about the success of the first Disney Driven Life/inner mouse meet up at Jambo House, Animal Kingdom Lodge. Be sure to make time to hear about all the exciting happenings.
Everyday Walt Disney World guests feel the magic being in the parks and on property. Whether it’s guests selected to lead a parade, a princess giving your child a great big hug, or a resort front desk person providing friendly and courteous information, there is no other place on earth that will make you feel more welcome and special than Disney.
One of the things I love about Disney is that no matter who you are, and no matter how young or old you are, everyone is treated like a V.I.P. It’s something that separates a Disney vacation from any other. At Disney, you’re not made to feel like you’re just part of a crowd, you’re made to feel like a very special individual amongst other very special people.
Strolling down the path that leads to Tomorrowland, I see the very thing to beckon Elle to my side . . . a mobile trash can. Although this is the first time I have ever laid eyes on the traveling waste receptacle, I immediately recognize it as PUSH. Reports on the internet of PUSH have frequently intrigued me, and I feel a rush of excitement over finally spotting it.
“Elle,” I call out in wild enthusiasm, “Quickly come here!” Elle’s eyes widen at my antics. She knows that I have made a magical discovery and rushes to me. “Look,” I direct, “Do you see that trash can?” She nods. “It’s a walking trash can,” I explain. Elle giggles while she watches PUSH zig-zag across the path ahead of us. I continue, “Its name is PUSH. It is a real, functioning trash can. Do you know why it is called PUSH? You can push its door to throw trash inside,” I elaborate. “Can I try?” my eager waste manager inquires. I respond with a crisp, “Sure!”
It was a beautiful, sunny spring day. The temperature was in the low 70’s, the birds were chirping, there were green leaves on the trees and the flowers were starting to blossom. There was also a small breeze, the kind you only get in the spring. What a gorgeous day in New Jersey.
In our family I’ve been homeschooling my children for four years. I started with Margeaux when she was of preschool age, and she has thrived with this educational style. Way back then we began learning the colors and shapes by studying Disney animation, carried on through Disney-centered phonics and math, and then we studied the countries represented in Epcot’s World Showcase. She currently devours advanced Disney-adopted literary classics like Alice in Wonderland and Mary Poppins even though she is in the first grade, so it is obvious she has been served well with our choice to homeschool. However, Miller has been struggling with his studies at home lately, and it has given me cause for concern.