Once upon a time in a far, far, far away land there lived a family of believers in a town of disbelievers. The family was persecuted, ridiculed, and tormented for having the audacity of keeping the faith in the almighty Mouse! They lived in a land where the only thing that mattered was one’s personal prosperity. It was a land where the people prayed to the Universal gods.
This proud father and husband was not going to let his family fall victim of the masses. The father taught his children to be righteous, to walk proud, and keep their chin up for the others know not what they do. He told his children to always carry the good book and if there ever comes a time when they need to search for answers they will find it within. Of course I speak about the holy bible, ‘The Unofficial Guide To Walt Disney World’ co-authored by the master statistician Len Testa.
As a child the father heard stories of these great men Walt and Roy Disney who built a magical kingdom where everybody is a kid again. These family stories have been handed down from generation to generation, told and re-told. Although he was told it was impossible, the father’s dream was to someday find this magical kingdom. He passed the stories down to his children who along with his wife shared the father’s dream.
The father paid no attention to the town people who often mocked him, his ideals, and dreams. Eventually the father was approached by a small number of people who didn’t agree with how the family was being treated by the townspeople. They listened to what the father had to say and the even began to see the light.
As time went on things worsened for the family and they were being unmercifully picked on by the townspeople who sensed more and more people were abandoning the Universal gods. Then one night under a moon lit sky a cricket came along and started to speak to the father.
“This can’t be” said the father “a talking cricket?”
“Jiminy is my name sir” said the cricket.
“I’m no fool no siree, it’s not possible a cricket is talking to me,” said the father.
Yet, Jiminy was talking to the father and he had a very important message. He told the father his family and followers would soon be in grave danger as a wizardry world was about to descend upon the land and it was best they pack their bags and journey to the one place they could find solace and happiness. So the family and followers gathered all their belongings and in the middle of the night they all snuck out of town.
The family and followers left their village to find the magical kingdom. The very wise Jiminy told the father that along the way they would meet someone unlike any other who would help guide them to the happiest place on the planet. So, into the forest and through the woods they went.
They ventured deeper and deeper through the woods when the son felt someone poke him in the back. He turned around yet no one was there. It happened again and again. So the boy started counting his steps in between each poke. One, two, three, poke! One, two, three, poke! The boy started to count again one, two and quickly turned to grab the stick. “Now I’ve got you” said the boy as he took hold of the stick. At first he didn’t see anyone but then he looked lower to the ground “Yoda? What kind of name is Yoda?” The son asked. The little creature said “I tell you not who I am. Harm you I will not. It is weekend of Star Wars that I seek. Guide you I will.” The son said “but your shirt has a picture of you and it says Yoda” The little guy responded “judge me by the name on my shirt do you? Silly humans you are. Think my people always look alike you do.” With that the son just smiled and gave his new found friend a great big hug and said “Since you won’t tell me your name I will call you Yoda.” The little guy then joined the family and followers as they kept moving forward.
As they continued to wander far deep into the forest the nights turned to days and back to night. Then they came upon remnants of what appears to have been a place called Beastly Kingdom. As the group began to show signs of fear Yoda, raised his arm with his palm facing out for all to see and when everyone was silent he said “fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” Those were the only words that needed to be spoken. It was a reminder to the family and followers of where they came from, where they are, and where they wanted to be.
Onward they went until they came to a clearing but they were afraid to step forward as these mechanical structures with round rubber wheels kept whizzing by. Stepping in front of the family and followers Yoda turned to everyone and said “do or do not, there is no try.” Then Yoda moved out and on to the road standing there with his eyes closed. A great big mechanical machine with large round rubber wheels was speeding toward Yoda. It stopped just within inches of hitting him. It said ‘Magical Express Bus.’ The person sitting in the front of the bus opened the doors and everyone hurried to get on. The father said to his family and followers “I have heard about this ‘Magical Express’ it is what will take us to the magical kingdom.
Everyone was nervously excited as they couldn’t believe their long journey would soon be over. They all stared forward when all of a sudden the daughter yelled out “look over there!” It was the archway to Walt Disney World. As the father read the sign “Where dreams come true” he began to sob tears of joy and everyone on the bus screamed with excitement.
The bus came to a stop and everyone but Yoda got off as he was headed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Star Wars Weekends. The father gave Yoda a big hug and thanked him for all his help.
As they came to the gates for the Magic Kingdom they all kissed the ground knowing one journey just ended while a new one was about to begin.
They walked through the gates and onto Main Street USA where they stopped to soak in the moment. Then a man about Yoda’s height walked over to them and said, “Hello I’m Lou Mongello welcome to the WDW Radio Show meet of the month.”
Contributed by: Stuart S. (NDD #47). Stuart is our resident Disney geek and creator of Disney Geek Dad.