Well, I'm still in Canada (on my vacation from my vacation), and I've had some time to reflect back on my magical experience @ Disney's Parks in Orlando. Here's what I learned:
10) Stay away from Goat Cheese - Probably not the best idea to eat $40 worth of sushi, then follow it with Pork Tenderloin covered in a Goat Cheese sauce. Had food poisoning for 24 hours.
9) Always read directions before taking medicine - Unfortunately, I took a couple too many Immodium AD. Dried up my diarrhea, and everything else, for way too long... needless to say, regularity is a good thing...
Now that the disgusting ones are out of the way.
8) Better not to risk fate - I was sick when we were scheduled to go to Animal Kingdom, so I did not get a chance to ride Expedition Everest. Much love, Jeffery ReeB.
7) To Pin or Not To Pin - Not sure if you've experienced Pin Trading @ Disney. My bro-in-law suckered my wife who suckered my parents into it. If nothing else, it's a great way to break up the monotony of what to do between rides... but keep in mind, Mickey's pals don't do things to be nice. They do things for $$$.
6) Disney Redux? - Some rides (Pirates of the Caribbean) did an awesome job of getting updated... Johnny Depp was in it three times! Some rides (Haunted House) should not have been updated... by changing it you messed with the camp value. Finally, some rides (Tiki Birds) stunk years ago, and stink worse with the update.
5) Achieving excellence, 98% of the time - For the first time EVER I saw a Disney Cast Member (read: employee) yell at a guest. For organizations that strive to go that extra mile and aim for perfection... getting it is a REQUIREMENT. However, once you achieve perfection, every slipup you have can be a fatal flaw. I don't remember specifics on the hundreds of small things that the Disney Cast Members did to make my trip memorable. I do remember when the Old Guy @ Pirates of the Caribbean yelled at the Japanese tourists that didn't understand what he was saying anyway... which gets me to...
4) Customer Service = Sensitivity - I may have been more aware this time, but it appeared to me that there were a lot more Foreigners/Internationals there. However, the majority of the park signage, maps, disclaimers, and verbal instructions are in English... how are they expected to have an enjoyable time when they have no idea what's going on? It just seemed odd to me to see all these different nationalities walking around, clueless, and on several occasions frustrating Disney Cast Members.
Do I have an answer for this? Not really. But if Disney can rig up a stuffed mouse to talk to people via RF frequencies all over the park, I'm willing to wager Diz can rig up something...
The point is... is Disney sensitive enough to the plight to care?
3) Technology as an end, not means - Diz is awesome at stretching technology. I saw a Computer Animated comedian do a live standup act where he interacted with the audience (Monster's Inc. - The Laugh Floor Comedy Club). I also watched HD Video get projected on a screen of water spray (Disney Hollywood Studio's Show. Can't remember the title). Even though these technological feats were incredible, they fit within the purpose of what the show was. I can't think of a time when Disney does technology solely to do technology. Now, they may wrap an entire ride around a technological advancement, but at least then that advancement is still part of creating the end - for Disney, creating the magical environment for their guests through "rides" and "shows". All technology flows through those established contact points.
2) Picking apart the pieces of the puzzle - Rides/Shows are a chance to figure out HOW the show is created. When does the screen expand? Where do they hide the projectors? How are the lights programmed? What is that green LCD teleprompter in the back of the room used for (the words are backwards/mirror imaged. Really, if you know what I'm talking about, let me know.) Disney doesn't use "real magic" these days, and the producer in me loves to mentally reverse-engineer the experience. Unfortunately for my wife, I've got her hooked too. Kinda takes some of the magic out of the Magic Kingdom.
1) Kids - Going to Magic Kingdom made me realize how much I want kids. Watching the protective Dads with their kids. All in God's time...
Thanks to my parents, for inviting us to go on their trip to Disney! It's always great to get caught up in your childhood and regress back a few years.