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Figment78
09-04-2008, 11:15 PM
After reading some really depressing and angry threads on this and (especially) another site that are basically bashing Disney as a company and complaining about the decline of parks/resorts/policies/etc, I just wanted to publicly affirm that I LOVE DISNEY and ask anyone who agrees with me to join me.

I LOVE DISNEY....
...because when I'm there (at WDW) I feel like I'm 12 years old again
...because every one of those animatronic presidents turn and look at the one that is speaking!
...because I can take a monorail to a theme park and a boat back to my resort where I am transported to another time/place to relax
...because I can sample a bit of other cultures without a passport (some people,like me, just won't have the opportunity to travel abroad)
...because I'm inspired to dig out my old art supplies and try my hand at drawing
...because people (not everyone, but many) are friendly and generous (we've even shared bottles of wine on NYE with other fellow diners)
...because I don't have to drive anywhere
...because they play the most wonderful background music in every park
...because even the lines are incredibly themed (Expedition Everest blows my mind)
...because they build a lifesized gingerbread house out of real gingerbread!
...because of the tiki torches
...and the electric water pageant
...because the Hoop dee doo makes me laugh every time!
...because I can pretend that I'm really flying over London (on Peter Pan) or in an out-of-control elevator (on ToT)
...because of dancing ghosts
...because Wishes makes me tear up
...because I beat my DH at Buzz Lightyear - every time!
...because it reminds me that good, wholesome, family fun can still happen in this crazy world.

And before anyone flames me, I too have opinions and feelings about Disney from a business standpoint as well, but I really don't want to dwell on that or debate that in this post. However, if anyone who is planning a trip to WDW is worried about the quality of attractions or cheapening of the parks because of other threads they have read, just go to Finding Nemo the Musical and Expedition Everest in AK and you will find yourselves mesmerized.

Bringonthemouse!
09-04-2008, 11:20 PM
Me too, me too!!!!!! Disney truly is my Happy Place....:cloud9: All the bashing in the world will never change my mind!
:mickey:

Meerkat
09-04-2008, 11:41 PM
Very well said. Thank you!

AHOTE
09-05-2008, 01:23 AM
:exactly: :cheer: :thumbsup: :thanks:

badkitty
09-05-2008, 01:30 AM
Well said. :cool: I have been a director and producer in community theatre for years and I love the shows at WDW and DL/DCA. The quality is outstanding! :thumbsup:

CaptainJessicaSparrow
09-05-2008, 02:58 AM
I absolutely love Disney. That's why I work there, and plan to continue working there until they force me to leave or I die.

But I also acknowledge that there are A LOT of severe problems with Disney, that negatively affect both the CM's and the Guests. A LOT.

As a Guest, you probably aren't aware or even notice them. But, trust me when I say they are there and they impact so much.

But does that lower my love and passion for the company? Not at all. It inspires me to bring Disney back to what it used to be, which is what I love. What it stood for.

But I do love Disney. Sooooo much. It just isn't perfect, contrary to what a lot of people think.

kakn7294
09-05-2008, 03:17 AM
I know Disney's not perfect and it's a company with all a company's problems felt by it's employees and sometimes the guests but I still love it. It's the one place in the world where I can forget that there is an outside world and just be me, have fun, and not worry about anything else. I don't have to cook, clean, drive anywhere, pay the bills, go to work, or any of the mundane things of life. I prefer to see it with those rose-colored glasses, coated in a layer of pixie dust.

Claudielou
09-05-2008, 09:01 AM
Unfortunately there isn't ANYTHING on this planet that is PERFECT. But I would say a Disney trip is going to be pretty close if you want it to be. Where else can you go and forget everything else while you are immersed in the Magic!:cloud9: Even just planning the trip takes your mind off the everyday problems you have to deal with.:thumbsup: We have been planning our trip for nearly a year and just have two weeks to go before we leave. :cheer: Rain or shine we are going as long as we can get on a plane and get there! :mickey: We are already thinking about the next one!:)

BMan62
09-05-2008, 09:38 AM
I think that you will find that just about everyone that posts on here truly loves Disney. It's because of that love of the Man, the Parks and the Company that we can be vocal about our disappointment when we believe that some of the magic is disappearing - whether by lack of upkeep or by removal/replacement or otherwise.

In a utopian world (which many of us believe Disney, as a whole, to be) the magic would always be enhanced - everything would be bright and shiny and new - all the old favorites would be back as we remembered them as well as all the new that we have grown to love (or not, as the case may be.)

For me, being a relative newbie - only introduced to the parks 5 years ago - there is still so much magic that I rarely see negatives in the parks (although, DW and I were both disappointed at the removal of "Tarzan Rocks!) and what little does not seem so magical is easily overlooked.

But, back to your main point -- YES!! We LOVE Disney, and not just WDW, but rather all the magic Disney brings us through the parks and resorts, movies, television, radio, etc., and hopefully, we will never lose that! (10 days 21 hours 50 minutes until our flight takes off for 7 nights/8 days in WDW!!!)

SonIsThumper
09-05-2008, 09:44 AM
:mickey: My family loves everything about Disney!

DisneyWhirled
09-05-2008, 10:08 AM
I know Disney's not perfect and it's a company with all a company's problems felt by it's employees and sometimes the guests but I still love it. It's the one place in the world where I can forget that there is an outside world and just be me, have fun, and not worry about anything else. I don't have to cook, clean, drive anywhere, pay the bills, go to work, or any of the mundane things of life. I prefer to see it with those rose-colored glasses, coated in a layer of pixie dust.

My thoughts EXACTLY!!!

pdrlkr
09-05-2008, 10:39 AM
:thumbsup: :mickey:

Jeff G
09-05-2008, 11:15 AM
I absolutely love Disney. That's why I work there, and plan to continue working there until they force me to leave or I die.

But I also acknowledge that there are A LOT of severe problems with Disney, that negatively affect both the CM's and the Guests. A LOT.

As a Guest, you probably aren't aware or even notice them. But, trust me when I say they are there and they impact so much.

But does that lower my love and passion for the company? Not at all. It inspires me to bring Disney back to what it used to be, which is what I love. What it stood for.

But I do love Disney. Sooooo much. It just isn't perfect, contrary to what a lot of people think.


I wish all CM's had your attitude. I've had some very magical moments because of CM's like you and they've made for great memories over the years. Thanks for going that extra mile Jessica, I'm sure you've helped many families have fond memories of their time at WDW. You have an awesome job and I'm very jealous! I hope we randomly run into you in two weeks so we can experience your positiveness.

As for Disney, I've been posting for 10+ years on Disney sites and every year I here people say how it's going down hill. I think for those of us who go back regularly we have a memory of how perfect Disney is and when we experience even the slightest change it's easy to say WDW is going down hill. Five years ago I remember hearing how dirty the parks were and how poor the service was in many posts yet when I think back now I don't remember dirty parks, I remember a great trip.

I'm sure in two weeks I'll experience a thing or two that has changed or possibly won't be quite the way I remember it but then I'll also experience many new magical things. I choose not to dwell on the negatives but focus on the bigger picture. By most accounts WDW is a perfect place to be.

Figment78
09-05-2008, 11:26 AM
I just want to throw one more thing out there and then we can all get back to sharing the moments and things we love about Disney...

To any Disney cast memebers out there, like CaptainJessicaSparrow:

Thank you for the part you play in making our vacations the magical experiences they are. I was in no way trying to say that Disney is perfect, nor was I trying to trivialize decisions they have made that have negatively impacted you. You are the heartbeat of the company and deserve to be treated as such.

To further explain the intent of my original post: I just wanted to start a thread that celebrated what we loved about Disney and WDW, and maybe bring a bit of the warm and fuzzies to anyone reading and remembering... and to asuage any potential anxiety for anyone considering our favorite destination who may have read negative posts and become concerned about their vacation decision.

grumpyguy
09-05-2008, 12:37 PM
i'm disney guy too.i took my son to wdw in 2000 and it basically changed my way of life.
i came home from that trip feeling young again and with a new belief in the fact that their is a place that even i can pretend,dream and let myself go.it is sad to me when i hear or read when the negatives that are bound to occur in such a mammoth company are the only thing people get out of their disney experience.walt now inspires me everyday,one way or another.my family,friends even co-workers noticed a difference once i became disneyfied.
often i suggest a dose of disney music or magic to people to pick up their spirits!!
so yes,i love disney too.walt is the man:thumbsup:

FriendsofMickey
09-05-2008, 01:27 PM
I LOVE Disney too!

* It makes us feel young again. From the moment you get the first glimps of the park. The anticipation of knowing your are almost there. It almost gives you the feeling of a Christmas eve when you were 5. The magic is just so alive! :mickey:

* I even enjoy the Disney queues. I never gave it much thought, but we visited a park locally last year (there last year open, I came to find out). In line, you stood there...nothing else... no show, no music, no fun, no magic. The paint was peeling from the rides,... it made me appreciate Disney just that much more!

* How about the feeling when you have the chance to hug Mickey! Or Donald! Or Minnie!.... Oh the characters! Or when the grab ahold of you and wave to your dh to leave... they are keeping you. :mickey:

* CMs - in my opinion, the best of the bunch! - Again, go visit a local amusement Park. Then go back to Disney and give the CMs credit where credit is due! They do a GREAT job.


Well, I could go on and on, but I'll burn my lunch ;). So, I will quit. :)

Jasper
09-05-2008, 01:53 PM
I am a little older than I care to talk about which means that I am fortunate enough to have visited WDW when the Magic Kingdom was only three years old. in the roughly thirty five-years since my first visit to WDW I have heard every complaint under the sun about the Parks and have heard every naysayer and prophet of doom carry on about how the Disney Company as a whole was about to collapse.

If only a tenth of one percent of those naysayers and distributors of gloom were correct then both the Disney Parks and the Disney Company would have been out of business many years ago. And yet the Disney Parks and the parent company are still going strong! That tells me that Disney must be doing more things right than wrong and like the original poster I choose to focus on the positive and not the negatives!

SurferStitch
09-05-2008, 02:02 PM
DH and I are definite Disney lovers!!!!

I loved all of the OP's reasons, and I'll add one more....

....Because I can have my picture taken with any character I want, and not look silly because I'm an adult!! I love being a kid there!!!!!

:stitch: :stitch2:

3AMommy
09-05-2008, 02:52 PM
I love seeing the World through a sheen of pixie dust!!:pixie:

I went to work for The Disney Store when my oldest child was a baby. While I loved working there, it did take some of the magic away.

It was a great job though (I only quit to have another baby). Imagine working with everyone from Intercot!!! That's what it was like.

Anyway, Disney represents everything great in the world!!! :magic:

BTW--- Does anyone else cry when they see Mickey for the first time on a trip. I do...I'll admit it. I blubber like a fool. It's just so emotional to be there with THE mouse!!!

3AMommy:tink:

jpH/keD
09-05-2008, 04:27 PM
I love Disney too! It has become my hobby and my escape from reality! And with sites like Intercot I can have a little Disney any time I want to!! :thumbsup:

No company is perfect and I am always saying that they want my last dime, but it is still fun to pretend to be a kid again for just a little while!

And great memories w/ my parents and now w/ my kids! Wholesome family good times! Isn't that what it is all about??

Faver
09-05-2008, 04:42 PM
:thumbsup: Here, Here.......

I couldn't agree more:mickey:

I love Disney World!!!!!:cloud9:

Always have and Always will:)

kemps@wdw
09-07-2008, 12:41 AM
DH and I both had our first taste of WDW in 1974 (long before we knew each other) and long before the WDW that we all know and LOVE:cloud9: today! We loved it then and still today, after almost 30 yrs of marriage, there is NO place we'd rather go than WDW. We have friends that cannot understand the draw for us, and then we have friends that call us for WDW"orientation" when they're planning their trips. I've heard all the good and bad, and the good FAR outweighs the bad. We love everything about WDW and have decided when our DD leaves for college, we would like to move to Orlando and work @ WDW. I'm sure that the Disney Co., like any other business, has it's faults, and isssues with employees, but after over 20 yrs in mgmt, I've found that any job is what you make it. And we would LOVE to give to other Disney "guests" the joy and happiness that WDW has given us over the :mickey::mickey::mickey:years!

IloveDisney71
11-06-2008, 07:31 PM
I LOVE Disney!:mickey:
I love:
- the sights
- the smells
- the rides
- the food
- the characters
- the shows
- the fireworks
- the parades
- the memories
- the time I've spent there with family and friends
- THE MAGIC
There is absoultely NO place like it on Earth.

Tink#64
11-07-2008, 01:04 AM
I'm so lucky that my DH & DS's love WDW as much as I do! We all went for our first time in 2002, DS's were 4 & 6! As wonderful as it was, we didn't even realize at the time that the was the beginning of a new way of thinking for us for vacations! Now, when we start talking about our "one big vacation for the year" we all naturally think WDW! It's the most amazing place on earth! We seem to reconnect with each other so much when we're there! We're all so at ease & lighthearted! We always have so much fun together, & do so many silly things that we'd never do at home - at least not out in public! Like holding hands & skipping, singing along to all the songs, eating ice cream for lunch & HUGE pretzels for dinner! Real life rules stay at home with the laundry & the bills! This is our fun family time & it's truly priceless! It truly is our Happy Place! :mickey:

Disneyfan1971
11-07-2008, 01:29 AM
I absolutely LOVE Disneyworld.

The first time I went was 1980 and of course all the other parks hadn't been built. In fact, Big Thunder Mountain was built but not open. It opened in Sept. 1980 I think. But what I vividly remember is riding the steam paddle boat and seeing the track of BTMRR--I wanted to ride that soooo bad.

I went back in 1983. Epcot was practically brand new and remember riding Spaceship Earth and Journey Into Imagination and the other rides. And of course my very first time on Space Mountain. I don't remember much about it because I was so scared.

But now that I'm older and WDW has changed I'm looking forward to going back after fourteen years...I know I'll be SOOO elated and then VERY, VERY sad to leave.

I have so many fond memories from Disneyworld I could write a book but won't right now.

DisneyFr33k
11-08-2008, 08:48 AM
It has become human nature to become critical. :shake:However, since our first trip with our children in 2003, and the subsequent 3 more visits since then, we have certified ourselves as "Disney Junkies" - we cannot get enough! :mickey3:We are raising our children right, instilling the need for Disney in their lives we hope they will pass down to their children!! :baby:

We returned from a trip 2 weeks ago, and I am already feeling withdrawal.....:mickey:

laward32
11-11-2008, 03:37 PM
:ditto::exactly:I know it's not perfect. It is a company there to make its stockholders money, but I just don't think about that aspect of it. My 2 dds and I love it. My parents love it and my DSis and DBIL and DNiece love it as well. My DH on the other hand doesn't care to ever go back. We will have a ton of vacations without him because it is the only place we want to go.

pdrlkr
11-11-2008, 04:42 PM
:exactly:

kemps@wdw
11-11-2008, 11:20 PM
I LUVED Disney when I first stepped foot on Main St in 1974 @ 13 yrs old! And I LUV it as much today @ 40...something! My DH probably LUVS it more than me! And our DH LUVS it as well! DH and I LUV Disney so much, that we've decided when DD goes off to college, we're selling out here and moving to Orlando to work @ Disney! No matter how many negatives I hear, I still cannot think of anyplace that makes me feel like I do when @ WDW. And as a future CM, I want EVERYONE to see it as I do and LUV it just as much! :thumbsup:

joanna71985
11-12-2008, 07:31 PM
I absolutely love Disney. That's why I work there, and plan to continue working there until they force me to leave or I die.

But I also acknowledge that there are A LOT of severe problems with Disney, that negatively affect both the CM's and the Guests. A LOT.

As a Guest, you probably aren't aware or even notice them. But, trust me when I say they are there and they impact so much.

But does that lower my love and passion for the company? Not at all. It inspires me to bring Disney back to what it used to be, which is what I love. What it stood for.

But I do love Disney. Sooooo much. It just isn't perfect, contrary to what a lot of people think.

Hear hear! I feel the same way. Disney isn't perfect (nothing is). But that doesn't change the way I feel about it. I love working at Disney, and hope to keep on working there for as long as I am able to.

dolphinmickey9170
11-12-2008, 09:49 PM
I absolutely love Disney. That's why I work there, and plan to continue working there until they force me to leave or I die.

But I also acknowledge that there are A LOT of severe problems with Disney, that negatively affect both the CM's and the Guests. A LOT.

As a Guest, you probably aren't aware or even notice them. But, trust me when I say they are there and they impact so much.

But does that lower my love and passion for the company? Not at all. It inspires me to bring Disney back to what it used to be, which is what I love. What it stood for.

But I do love Disney. Sooooo much. It just isn't perfect, contrary to what a lot of people think.

Jessica, I look forward to the days when you can take over the reins and make some changes for the greater good of that company. You will make a great leader!! And yes, your cold dead fingers will have to be pried off the monorail bars, just like mine!!:cool:


I know Disney's not perfect and it's a company with all a company's problems felt by it's employees and sometimes the guests but I still love it. It's the one place in the world where I can forget that there is an outside world and just be me, have fun, and not worry about anything else. I don't have to cook, clean, drive anywhere, pay the bills, go to work, or any of the mundane things of life. I prefer to see it with those rose-colored glasses, coated in a layer of pixie dust.


My thoughts EXACTLY!!!

Kathy and Karen, you both stated exactly what I feel. I can be myself when I am there. I don't have to worry that someone will see me dancing or singing along with the music. Although at work, they all know my Disney fanaticism and just let me be me. Where's that pixie dust?
:cloud9:I miss you ALL!!!!!:mickey::mickey::mickey:

Georgesgirl1
11-12-2008, 10:11 PM
I LOVE Disney because:

-driving on property makes me forget the real world for a few days.

-Golden Dreams at the American Adventure makes me cry every time.

-I can fly a ship over London, a boat through the Pirates of the Caribbean, and a Doom Buggy through a graveyard.

-Mickey and Minnie always give the biggest hugs and I don't feel embarrassed have a big silly grin on my face when I see them.

-All the memories I have made there with family and friends.

-I remember the look on my husband's face when he made his first trip to Disney 7 years ago and saw the castle for the first time.

-I can't wait to see the look on my son's face when he makes his first trip to Disney in 2010!

I could go on and on, but I will stop there!:mickey:

mouseketeer mom
11-13-2008, 06:59 PM
Oh, I love it alright.
Disney helps me to keep my kids "young".. and that's my goal, to keep them believing in magic, dreams and their unlimited potential as long as they can. WDW is our special place, our memory making, coming together and forgetting about the real world place. Its a come as you are, be what you want to be place. It's a put on the mouse ears and don't worry what anyone thinks about you place. Oh yes, I love Disney.

chelly4568
11-13-2008, 08:46 PM
:magic: You are so right. I mean once you land in the Airport at Orlando you know your gonna be relaxed. When I land its a sense of relief i'm not sure about anyone else but thats what I think. Usually once we get into out resort we unpack and hit downtown disney.. And as you walk into Downtown Disney you get a feeling and once you get that feeling you can't turn back. And thats what makes it the happiest place on earth!!!:mickey:

speedmouse93
11-14-2008, 07:06 PM
Who doesn't love Disney?:confused:

dmosher
11-14-2008, 08:33 PM
No matter how insane or crazy my life gets I can always rely on WDW to ground me and remember not to take life so seriously.

I love Disney because it makes me feel young and carefree and fun. Yes they are a company, and yes they have to make $$ so sometimes the decisions confound me, but still I will always go back because Disney is such an important part of my life. Nothing is perfect, but the way I feel when I am walking down Main Street in MK looking up at the castle is like nothing I have experienced any place else.

So yes I too love Disney and am not ashamed of it!
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