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  • Define what "Disney" means for You?

    Inspired by posts in another thread, I thought it might be interesting to read the different, personal perceptions of the word "Disney" to ever-passionate members of the MiceChat community. Starting with the positives - What aspects originally made you bond with the body of work, made you care, made it meaningful?

    Mine came from Walt's time:

    The Art of Animation - cartoons
    Fun and wonder
    Beauty, color, and design
    Yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy - leaving today behind
    Escape from reality
    Reassurance - everything will be okay
    Release of the inner child, the spirit of youth
    Triumph of good over evil, hope over despair, kindness over anger, persistence over adversity
    Laughter, humor, caricature, soft satire
    Timelessness
    Fantasy
    Exotic adventure
    Comfort, nostalgia
    Archetypes of the collective unconscious
    The glad game - optimism
    Utopian futurism
    Beautiful music
    Imagination and exploration
    Quality
    The unexpected
    Wishful thinking
    "The finest in family entertainment"
    Happy endings
    Last edited by merlinjones; 05-22-2021, 06:59 AM.

  • #2
    merlinjones , that's a great list. Mine would be much the same.

    Now maybe I'll go through the list in my own mind and see which boxes they are still ticking.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by merlinjones View Post
      The Art of Animation - cartoons
      Fun and wonder
      Beauty, color, and design
      Yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy - leaving today behind
      Escape from reality
      Reassurance - everything will be okay
      Release of the inner child, the spirit of youth
      Triumph of good over evil, hope over despair, kindness over anger, persistence over adversity
      Laughter, humor, caricature, soft satire
      Timelessness
      Fantasy
      Exotic adventure
      Comfort, nostalgia
      Archetypes of the collective unconscious
      The glad game - optimism
      Utopian futurism
      Beautiful music
      Imagination and exploration
      Quality
      The unexpected
      Wishful thinking
      "The finest in family entertainment"
      Happy endings
      Everything on that list nails it for me for "classic" Disney in general, and Disneyland in particular.

      The only things I might add pertain to Disneyland, from my experience of the Park's first 30 years:

      World class customer service.
      Constant plussing -- the Park continually expanded while retaining the values on the list.
      Under-promising and over-delivering -- new additions not only delivered more than Disney promised, they delivered more than we fans imagined.
      Last edited by Mr Wiggins; 05-22-2021, 12:23 PM.
      "Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because
      it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
      together with every variety of recreation and fun,
      designed to appeal to everyone."

      - Walt Disney

      "Disneyland is all about turning movies into rides."
      - Michael Eisner

      "It's very symbiotic."
      - Bob Chapek

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mr Wiggins View Post

        Everything on that list nails it for me for "classic" Disney in general, and Disneyland in particular.

        The only things I might add pertain to Disneyland, from my experience of the Park's first 30 years:

        World class customer service.
        Constant plussing -- the Park continually expanded while retaining the values on the list.
        Under-promising and over-delivering -- new additions not only delivered more than Disney promised, they delivered more than we fans imagined.
        Statement about the same to me too.......X2.......on your post
        Soaring like an EAGLE !

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        • #5
          When I close my eyes and try to picture what "Disney" is, imagery that comes to mind includes...

          Eating a big bowl of clam chowder as I sit and eagerly await to see "mysteries and magic visions fantastic" materialize

          Drifting through the laughing place without a care in the world

          Seeing its a small world light up in a breathtaking display of Christmas lights

          Taking a big whiff of gingerbread as I glide by the ballroom on Haunted Mansion Holiday

          Wandering through nearly empty theme parks at night during extra magic hours

          Relaxing by the fire in the Grand Californian Hotel

          Looking through a big dusty collection of VHS tapes that still sits in the cabinet below my television

          Lastly, fondly looking back on past attractions I experienced that no longer exist in the Disneyland of today
          Last edited by Brian PieGuy; 05-22-2021, 09:13 PM.
          Brian the Pooh

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          • #6
            I'm going to borrow a phrase from Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart and say that I can't define what Disney is, but I know it when I see it. And Disney today isn't Disney.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by merlinjones View Post
              Inspired by posts in another thread, I thought it might be interesting to read the different, personal perceptions of the word "Disney" to ever-passionate members of the MiceChat community. Starting with the positives - What aspects originally made you bond with the body of work, made you care, made it meaningful?

              Mine came from Walt's time:

              The Art of Animation - cartoons
              Fun and wonder
              Beauty, color, and design
              Yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy - leaving today behind
              Escape from reality
              Reassurance - everything will be okay
              Release of the inner child, the spirit of youth
              Triumph of good over evil, hope over despair, kindness over anger, persistence over adversity
              Laughter, humor, caricature, soft satire
              Timelessness
              Fantasy
              Exotic adventure
              Comfort, nostalgia
              Archetypes of the collective unconscious
              The glad game - optimism
              Utopian futurism
              Beautiful music
              Imagination and exploration
              Quality
              The unexpected
              Wishful thinking
              "The finest in family entertainment"
              Happy endings


              I think you nailed what it means to me with all of that. There is no place like it for me and my family. To be able to create lasting memories that continue for generations is really cool. There is nothing else like it for me when it comes to memories. You nailed it..

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              • #8
                Def not what it used to...

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                • #9
                  For me Disney is a unique creative collage of whimsy, joy, sounds, colors and shapes, and last but not least disconnection from current societal pressures and norms.

                  It is truly the only place that I know of personally that flushes out all the anxiety of life as it fills my eyes and ears with one narrative after another all beautifully presented with a soundtrack that plays along. With DLR my brain is constantly stimulated by the work of others and finally gets to sit in the passenger seat for awhile and it's glorious.

                  Unfortunately as I find my self being sold to more than entertained this magic is starting to dwindle and if not for the nostalgia of the parks I experienced in the 70's and 80's I might not still hold out hope.
                  Disneyland Fan since the 70's

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Starcade View Post

                    Unfortunately as I find my self being sold to more than entertained this magic is starting to dwindle and if not for the nostalgia of the parks I experienced in the 70's and 80's I might not still hold out hope.
                    I about were you are........except I lost the hope..........
                    I face the fact, that Disney is not the same company it use to be
                    as I was younger and grew up with.......even the park.........SAD
                    IMO- it is another company now !
                    Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                    • #11
                      What Disney means to me is a world where dreams come true and fantasies become realities. We get to escape from reality we would have good clean fun movies.

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