Hi guys, I’m Joe and I’m the boyfriend of the wonderful girl who owns this blog. I am a huge Disney fan and have been fortunate enough to enter the happiest place on earth in both Paris and Florida. ( I also came very close to entering Disneyland in California but that’s a story for another day.) I have been to Disney as a child, a slightly older child and a fully grown child and with each visit I fall more under its spell. The point of this post is for me to give my opinion on why I think the Disney parks are so successful and keep people wanting more. So, in the words of the great man himself lets “Enter The World Of Yesterday, Tomorrow And Fantasy.”
One word. Escape. That’s it. That is why I love Disney and why I think the parks have become so successful. When you are in the parks you no longer have a 9 to 5 job, no, you are a pirate, a princess or a spaceman. People like to escape from their every day lives even if it’s just for a moment. Walt Disney knew this and did everything he could to immerse his guests into a different world. But how? Anyone can build a rocket and say “Doesn’t it feel like you are in space”. That’s not what Disney do. They take it a step further. Then another step. And then another 4 steps, not just because they can, but because it matters to them and they want the guests to feel something they haven’t felt before. On a recent trip to Disneyland Paris with my girlfriend I seemed to come up with a rather annoying catchphrase, “It’s so extra, for no reason”. As much as it annoyed her, it fascinated me. Compared to other theme parks, they seem to try so much harder. Disney don’t need to, but they do. Every time.
In today’s world you get very little for free, people tend not to do stuff just for the love of it ( Yes, I know Disney is very expensive but in my opinion it’s worth every penny.) But with Disney they never try to short change you, in fact it’s often the opposite. It doesn’t matter if 1,000 people miss a tiny detail, to them it’s worth it if one person does. They go to great lengths to try and make sure that when you are in a land or attraction, that’s all you see, feel and experience. You aren’t in a theme park, you are in the wild west. This isn’t just an attraction, it’s going to take you to a galaxy far far away. It doesn’t feel like east coast America because it’s the French city of Paris. It’s so extra, for no reason. So for me the level of immersion, attention to detail and care for the parks, attraction and most importantly the guests is what puts them above the rest of the competition and makes people want to enter the happiest place on earth.
I’m sure there will be people that agree with me and there will be people that disagree, but one thing is for sure. When you are staring up at that castle, life is pretty dawn perfect.
What do you think is the best thing about Disney? Leave a comment below.