A Visit to Walt’s Creation: Disney World

21 03 2008

While in Orlando, Florida for a work conference, my friend/coworker P and I took the opportunity to spend two fun days at Walt Disney World before the start of the conference. Disney World is known primarily as a family destination, but it is also a tourist destination in its own right. Yes, it’s artificial and at times cheesy, but it is also undeniably the most visited theme park in the world, and one of the U.S.’s most popular destinations.

Magic Kingdom

Although eschewed by many more worldly travelers, there is still much to be appreciated about Disney World. Yes, it is part of a huge global for-profit corporation but Disney World was also the creation of a visionary who pioneered animation and theme park design. When Walt Disney first came up with the idea for Disneyland in Anaheim, California, which predated Disney World, there was nothing else out there even close to Walt’s vision. The idea for a theme park rose out of numerous requests by fans to visit Disney’s studios and and meet some of their favorite characters. Inspired by by the 1893 Chicago World’ Fair, European pleasure gardens, and amusement parks around the world, Walt sought to create a destination for tourists and Disney fans to visit.

Cinderella's stepfamily

Although I have visited Disney World several times in my life, most were when I was a kid. Even today, nothing captures the imagination of little kids around the world more than Disney World. I last visited The Magic Kingdom in 2002, but have not seen Epcot since circa 1993. For me, this visit was one part fun and one part nostalgia.

It's a Small World

The it’s a small world ride has not changed one bit since I first climbed onto this boat ride when I was 4 years old. Well, there may have been an update here and there but the same familiar yet cloying music lives on.

Geppeto's Workshop

One of the best parts of Disney World is its attention to detail. While everything is fabricated, they truly are bringing stories to life. Walt’s insistence that Disney employees stay “in character” at all times when in contact with visitors is one of the many details that sets Disney World apart from other theme parks. The organization and cleanliness of the parks are also worth noting. My friend and I were amazed at the efficiency of the parking lot and the system of lines for the rides. Fastpass was a great timesaver.

Pirates of the Caribbean

These visitors got sick of waiting in line.

One of my favorite rides is Pirates of the Caribbean. Even though it’s old technology by now, I am still amazed by Disney’s use of animatronics. It’s not just the fact that they are robots, but also the imaginative way Disney has used them in conjunction with theatrical audio, music, and dramatic lighting and costumes.

Jack

Disney updated its Pirates ride with less debauchery and more Jack Sparrow.

Note: The photo of Jack Sparrow is a Disney publicity shot.  Image copyrighted by Disney.  The use of this image is for informational purposes only and qualifies as fair use.  The inclusion of this photo in this post adds significantly to the post because it demonstrates the deft use of animatronics technology.  Source: Google Images.

Cinderella's Castle at Night

Too bad we weren’t invited to the Pirates and Princess Party that night!

Next: Epcot Center

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6 responses

23 03 2008
aglassofwine

hehe, thanks for the update and all the pictures. it’s so lovely to be able to revisit the memory again!

6 06 2009
max

AHHA I like this. Thanks. ^_^

25 06 2009
ritika

Aah it’s amazing ,wonderful thanks.

8 08 2010
gloria

Thank you for the post. your really good with a camera. It dosnt take a rocket scientist to figure where they get all the money to build all the nice stuff. just go to the food court. $15.00 for a hotdog and coke. LOL

8 09 2010
guada

hola como anda yo bien muy que lindo de vajares de en la vacaciones yo fuin con mi mami disney mi papi hermano yo bien que lindo muy de dia

27 10 2010
Anonymous

my kids love to go disneyworld, i think every kid would love to go there::”

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