It has been too long since I wrote a Walt Wednesdays post, and that must be corrected. Today I have been inspired by Uncle Walt’s dream of creating a place where parents and their children could have fun together. Walt Disney dreamed up the idea of Disneyland on a park bench while watching his daughters ride the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round.
“Well, it came about when my daughters were very young and Saturday was always daddy’s day with the two daughters. So we’d start out and try to go someplace, you know, different things, and I’d take them to the merry-go-round and I took them different places and as I’d sit while they rode the merry-go-round and did all these things—sit on a bench, you know, eating peanuts—I felt that there should be something built, some kind of amusement enterprise built, where the parents and the children could have fun together. So that’s how Disneyland started. Well, it took many years … it was a period of maybe 15 years developing. I started with many ideas, threw them away, started all over again. And eventually it evolved into what you see today at Disneyland. But it all started from a daddy with two daughters wondering where he could take them where he could have a little fun with them, too.”
This short video from the Walt Disney Family Museum is a wonderful insight into Walt’s dreams of Disneyland. Knowing that he wanted a place where parents could have fun with their children is what makes my love of Disney Parks so strong. Walt was a family man.
When my wife and I take our children to Walt Disney World we are instantly thrown into a magical land where we’re as young and full of wonder as our kids. Each visit creates new memories for our family and we are grateful for the special time together. Walt knew a place like Disneyland would allow these special moments to take place, and they do year after year for millions of families worldwide. Thanks again, Uncle Walt. You’ve given us so much over the years.
Have a magical day everyone!
Thank you for sleeping in this morning. I would also like it if you would go back to sleeping through the night. I know once your sister gets here that she will be waking up often, so please let Daddy and Mommy save our restless nights until then. I do love the extra cuddles you give me when I am in your room at night. Thank you for being so snuggly. While my arms must be a nice place for you to sleep, your rocking chair isn’t the most comfortable place for me to sleep. I love you, pretty girl.
I had a reflective moment during this morning’s commute to school. As usual Robert and I were listening to one of my Disney CDs, when “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story came on. We started singing along and I asked Robert if he remembered singing it when he was little on the way to preschool. He told me he didn’t and as I reminisced about my big boy during his preschool years he asked me to put the song on repeat. We continued to sing along as the song played again and again, and I thought about him growing up just as Andy did since the first Toy Story.
When Toy Story was released in 1995 I was 14-years-old. I remember buying the soundtrack after falling in love with the music. I listened to “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” on repeat myself, thinking of the friendship Andy had with his beloved toys. Now almost twenty years later, the lyrics have a deeper meaning for me, especially after having three children.
If you’ve got troubles, I’ve got ‘em too
There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you
We stick together and can see it through
Cause you’ve got a friend in me
You’ve got a friend in me
Some other folks might be
A little bit smarter than I am
Big and stronger too, maybe
But none of them will ever love you
The way I do, it’s me and you, boy
As parents we would do anything for our children. Listening to the lyrics now and thinking about Andy’s relationship with Woody makes me realize that Woody was like a father figure to Andy. He was always there for him and Andy was able to make Sheriff Woody the hero in his life. That is a lot to live up to as a parent, but I will do my best to be my children’s hero.
There isn’t anything Mommy or I wouldn’t do for you, Robert. And the same goes for William, Elisabeth, and your new sister once she joins us in a few months. No one will ever love any of you the way your Mommy and I do.
If you constantly complain about everything and only see the negative in life, I honestly feel bad for you. Lighten up and live a little.
Do I complain? Yes. Can I be a negative person sometimes? Yes.
I do not let these things define me, however, and I do my best to provide a positive outlook on life. I often fail at this, but I carry on.
I cannot afford to waste my time being downtrodden and irritable.
Don’t take life so seriously, folks.
Listen to music.
Get up and dance.
Go out of your way to make someone else happy and see how much life gives you back.
Thanks for listening. Now go make it a great day!
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
Happy Valentine’s Day from Walt Disney World!
Stop by the official Walt Disney World Facebook page to share some special #DisneySide Valentines like the one below.
Everyone has a Disney Side. Have you found your romantic Disney Side lately? From work to school, from carpools to meal times, there doesn’t ever seem to be enough time in the day, much less in a week. It’s so easy to lose touch in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and when the kids come first, it’s hard to find time to keep that special “spark” alive. Share your romantic #DisneySide this Valentine’s Day.
Have a magical day and give extra hugs to all!