Someone very special to all of us had a vision years ago: he dreamed of a place for young and old to come together, a place that would take people to a magical world – and of course those dreams led to Disneyland and Walt Disney World!
Today is Walt Disney’s birthday, who was born in 1901. It is a shame he never saw his vision of Walt Disney World come to reality, but thank goodness he put the wheels in motion, so we can all enjoy the “Most Magical Place on Earth”!
To me Walt Disney is what Terrific Tuesdays are all about. Walking through EPCOT, I often wonder if this what Walt ultimately envisioned. In reality, he wanted a proto-type community of tomorrow, but I think he would be proud of where it has evolved to today. It is still a place looking to the future, still bringing people from all walks of life together, and also bringing families together to share in the exploration of all things magical around the world and in the future!
I don’t know about you, but when walking through Magic Kingdom, my first stop is to see “Partners”, the bronze statue with Walt and Mickey. They were really partners – Walt made Mickey and Mickey made Walt! This iconic statue is front and center at the end of Main Street for all to enjoy!
I feel Walt would be very proud of what Walt Disney World has become. As he said so well:
- “You don’t build it for yourself. You know what people want and build it for them.”
- “Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better.”
- “Never get bored or cynical. Yesterday is a thing of the Past.”
- “That’s the real trouble with the World, Too many people grow up.”
- “I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse!”
Thanks Walt – and Happy Birthday!
Debbie and her husband live in Collegedale, TN where her youngest son is going to college. She is a huge Disney fan who dreams of someday retiring and working as a tour guide at Walt Disney World. She has enjoyed many trips to WDW with children, grandchildren and sometimes adults only. It is her ultimate goal to make sure everyone who visits WDW has the same magical time that she enjoys every time she visits.