Today you made it to “The happiest place on earth,” according to Walter Elias Disney. Walt Disney World and the Magic Kingdom, the cornerstone of the Florida Project as dubbed, when Walt chose the Orlando area as the home for what was to be his last entertainment complex.
Upon entering World Drive you are struck by the cleanliness of the property. There is no litter on the side of the roadway. The grass mowed, and trees and shrubs trimmed, just like the pictures from the travel brochures depict. Immediately you notice you are in a special place. For the first time visitor World Drive seems to be a long and desolate road. The Roadway designed specifically to give you time to relax and leave the world behind you. While the younger children may not understand the relax part, most of the adult children “get it.”
After you pay your fee to park, brightly yellow clad parking cast members direct you. (Notice I said, “Cast members,” not employees, the reason is Mr. Disney believed in the show. The patrons to his venues are “Guests,” not customers. Everything about Disney is for the show). They will move quickly to get you parked and headed toward the trams waiting to whisk you away to the park ticket agents. As the tram, pulls up to the stop, other cast members dressed in colorful vests direct you to the windows to purchase your tickets. If you already have them, the ushers will direct you to the waiting ferryboat, or if you prefer the world famous monorail, where the real adventure begins. Sailing across Seven Sea’s Lagoon, one gets to view the resorts surrounding it. However, if you choose the Mark7 monorail, you will travel not only to, but also inside the Contemporary resort building before arriving at the Main Gate. The seven-minute trip covers a little over a mile, and gives you time to say goodbye reality, hello fantasy!
What do you do first? How will you find your way around? Well, here a secret you need to know. All cast members no matter what their roll is, are there to help you. From the Chairman of the Board to the custodian and everyone in-between, their “roll” is to assist you. When you ask a cast member a question, they will give you an answer. If they don’t know the answer they will find out.
Many people from around the world come to visit, every day. When you get the opportunity to spend time at Walt Disney World, make sure you take a minute to pause and thank Walt for “Making his dream” a reality for us all!