Hi everyone, I'm in Orlando, Florida for the next couple weeks, so expect a lot of Disney related articles, starting with this one.
Nowadays, it is easy to think of Disney as another of the giant, multi-national companies that is out to grab all of your money that they can. Sometimes, that is the case. But we've got to try and forget about what it is, and remember what it is meant to be. Because Disney is so much more than a company, it's an ideal that a man came up with a century ago.
This is Walt Disney. He started the company, we all know that. Why did he start it though? Well, long before Martin Luther King Jr, Walt had a dream. The sheer volume of inspirational quotes he came up with about following your dreams is astounding.
"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
"If you can dream it, you can do it."
This man dreamed of progress constantly, and if his company didn't show it in its films for decades, Disney World sure did. That's what the Magic Kingdom is all about, it's about bringing people together to build a great big beautiful tomorrow. Epcot in Florida is all about celebrating people the world over, Magic Kingdom celebrates the endless possibilities of tomorrow, as well as helping us remember how we got this far. The attraction that best shows this is the Carousel of Progress. This is an animatronic show where you sit and spin around different scenes, showing an American family at different points throughout the twentieth century. The show was thought of by Walt, and introduced by him at the World Fair in New York in 1964. It has been changed and updated many times since then, but the idea is the same. It shows us how there were so many times that new inventions came out and we as a race thought life was easy now, and yet it keeps getting easier. What used to be new has become old, and we expect so much more from life today than we ever have before. But that is what Walt wants, progress. He wants us to keep pushing ourselves, to keep advancing, and as the theme song of the Carousel of Progress states:
"There's a great big beautiful tomorrow, shining at the end of every day. There's a great big beautiful tomorrow, and tomorrow is just a dream away."
That, my friends, is what Disney is all about. Their films used to embody that heart so well, and I think some of the more recent films have really returned to those roots. Frozen and Tangled have brought back the princess, which we all grew up loving. But Big Hero 6 has embodied that which I have talked about, that glorious future world, where things are even more impressive. Why can't we achieve that together? Why can't we all be a little more like Walt, and make every day a little better than the last one?
Thanks for reading guys! Expect many more Disney articles in the next couple of weeks!
Let me know what your dream is in the comments!