When I found out I would be visiting Disney World for a work conference, I was happy but not really excited about the trip. It wasn’t until my second or third day (I’m a hard sell) that I really embraced all that was magical about Disney World. Some people are “dreaming of a white Christmas.” I can’t get the World of Disney off my mind. What would it take for my ranch to be more like this magical land?
D-IVERSITY: While at Disney World, I was able to sample all kinds of cuisine that I couldn’t sample any place else. I also interacted with people from all over the United States with differing viewpoints. We have one Mexican restaurant, a Subway, a diner, and a barbeque restaurant in my town. Dogs, cats, horses, goats and people live on my land. Is that diverse enough for Mr. Disney?
I-NTELLIGENCE: The people in charge of various departments need to be skilled so that they appear intelligent at least in that one department. There is no chance that my dog is going to learn to clean out a horse stall. She expresses no interest whatsoever and doesn’t even try to pick up a shovel. That’s going to be my job forever. I’m going to be the best “horse-stall-cleaner-outer” that I can be. My dog can continue wagging her tail continually. She’s really good at that. Mr. Disney likes this.
S-POTLESS: Disney World is the cleanest place on earth. One afternoon on the Board Walk, I walked past a tiny piece of paper on the ground. I was scared to turn around and look back fearing the street would open up and engulf the small item. Very creepy. The overall absence of trash encourages visitors to throw away theirs. It can’t hurt that all of the trashcans are decorated with flowers. Have you ever seen a plastic bag trapped against a fence in the country? That drives me crazy! I make sure every piece of trash is picked up out here. It would be easier if our visitors would stop throwing their trash out the window. I’ll work on trashcans with flowers at the top.
N-AMES: Every employee at Disney World wears a name tag. If you have on a
name tag, I guess you obviously have a name. Out here on the ranch, most of my animals have names. There are few goats that don’t. I have to admit that I don’t love the nameless animals as much as I do the named ones. Blackie is about to have twins. Little Red is my favorite boy goat. I always make sure they get plenty to eat, and when I see them in the pasture, I call them by name. I know Disney would like my animals on the ranch to all have names. Note to self: work on this area.
E-LASTIC: Besides the fact that you need to make sure you wear pants with elastic because of all the great food you will be consuming in Disney World, this is the best word I could come up with that means flexible. My friend and I wanted to get to the airport a little earlier. We simply called the Magical Express customer service agent and our transportation reservation was changed. It was that simple. We’re pretty flexible out here on the ranch. Flexibility is a virtue… isn’t it? Well, we have ELASTIC covered out here.
Y-ES: Can I change my reservation? Yes! Will you hold my luggage? Yes! The employees at Disney World are falling over each other to say “yes” to your every request. It’s almost like there aren’t any rules although I know that can’t be true. The idea behind the word “yes” is that there is always a solution to the worst of problems. I’m not sure that we are all the way to “yes” out here. We are definitely at the “We’ll try” stage. We’ll work on this area, too.
I have a new found love for the magical world of Disney. I left there envious of the people who travel back for more of the magic every year. But instead of being sad that I’m not there, I’m going to bring some of that magic they are always talking about here to my ranch. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~ Walt Disney