WOW! Systems are magical. As we strolled through the bustling pathways of Magic Kingdom and Epcot and looked upon all of the magnificent structures I was blown away by the all of the different cultures and ages that flock to Disney. We were only seeing Disney for a couple of days – Disney World receives thousands of people daily (52 Million Annually) – over and over again giving a magical experience to each and every person!
On the drive back home I listened to part of an audio book which made me think more about Disney. An example that struck me is that you have to put in the work, time and dedication. For instance you can’t plant a seed garden and rush it to grow and bear fruit in the next few days. There are processes that must take place in order to yield fruit. Once you plant the seed, you must make sure it has sunlight, water and keep the weeds away and over time it will grow and it will feed you.
It’s easy in our world of hustle and instant gratification to think that Disney World was an instantaneous success. To stop and think of the money, the time, the RISK! Disney World was first a thought, then became a plan, now a place that hosts millions of people however it’s not finished nor it will ever be. There’s constant wear and tear of the streets, landscapes, rides, structures and paint. There’s always trash to be picked up, food to be prepared, music to be played and fireworks to be shot. It takes thousands of cast members (62k to be exact) to run, clean, engineer, feed, perform, transport on a daily basis. There are systems to be carried out and when they are, everything runs the way it should.
For me, the there are too many takeaways to put in a single blog post – however my overall emotion is WOW, I am so incredibly inspired by the flawless execution of so many layered experiences and that it takes intentional process to do so. What processes can we employ at ByFarr to make our guest experience better?
Here is what the rest of the ByFarr team took away:
Kelsey’s Lessons from Disney: Walking up through the Disney gates with Cinderella’s castle in the distance immediately throws you into a child-like state of mind. You’re walking down Disney’s Main Street alongside giddy strangers from other countries, Disney characters holding bouquets of balloons, and children everywhere with eyes as bright as fireworks. The staff called us princesses everywhere we went and I can tell you it made me smile twice as big at 26 as it did when I was 5. Disney doesn’t discriminate their ‘keep dreaming’ message to children alone -it transcends all ages and races. It was refreshing from the current influx of media and political environment we’re surrounded with day to day. Disney proved that kindness, joy, and courtesy can exist among strangers regardless of age, gender, or race. Learning about the creator of it all, Walt Disney, reminded me that details do matter, no act of kindness is ever wasted, and a commitment to a dream can become a reality.
Laura’s Lessons from Disney: My takeaway from Disney/Universal was that environment is everything. I thought Universal did an incredible job of immersing you in an experience, especially in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I also loved seeing the history of illustration evolve throughout Disney, from the Mary Blair-inspired “It’s a Small World” ride to the more recent Disney phenomenons, like Frozen and Finding Nemo.
Lindsay’s Lessons from Disney: One lesson that I learned from Disney is that having an imagination doesn’t have to stop when you turn a certain age. No matter your age, there are still dreams to be had, goals to be set, and an imagination that can soar. Every turn at Disney was a reminder that Walt Disney kept dreaming well past his childhood, and his dreams turned in to a huge park that now fuels the dreams of millions of people that visit every year.
Shana’s Lessons from Disney: I enjoyed feeling like I was in a whole other world just through color and little details. I think that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter did a better job of paying attention to details and putting me in a specific setting. Every detail was flawless, from the outfits that the team members wore to the packaging of each product. To make a person feel like they have entered a different world, you can’t let anything go overlooked. I felt like I wasn’t in Florida, but actually in a Harry Potter book.
I have always loved the art and colors of Disney movies, and I think that was my biggest takeaway from Walt Disney World specifically. I found it interesting that multiple stories were stuffed together in one space of the park with multiple color schemes, and still work seamlessly. The color schemes of each Disney story were beautiful and inspiring to say the least. The under the sea colors of The Little Mermaid were some of my favorites, including those of Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland. I enjoyed being transported to different places just through the use of color. I learned from these two inspirations that everything is important, no matter how small of a detail it might be. If one little detail is passed by, it could hurt the overall look.