We all love to hear about the newest E-ticket attraction. We visit numerous Internet sites dedicated to covering every step of the creation process that brings us the latest thrill ride. We share with each other thousands of pictures and ride-thru videos. Yes, we love the big Theme Park experiences!
But in our mad dash to be first in line for the next Expedition Everest, are we stampeding past, and thus forgetting and missing out on, the simple things?
When I first returned to Walt Disney World in 2006 (after a 34 year absence!) I spent 15 days running from Park to Park. I wanted to cram everything in that I possibly could. See everything. Ride everything. Experience everything. But I failed in this obsessive mission!
Upon arriving home, I started to look through the photographs and video that I had taken. And what did I find? The big things: Main attractions; Characters; Landmarks; Parades. Only the big things.
It wasn’t until the next visit in 2007 that I started to notice the simple things: Landscaping; Signage; Architectural details; Atmospheric music; the smiles on the Cast Members faces. The simple things.<
How did I miss these things the first time around?
What got me thinking of this was a recent article on one of the Internet sites that I frequent. They had the usual pictures of the big things. But in amongst it all was a picture of a simple thing that most of us probably walk right past during every visit to the Parks. It is in Adventureland. There are four or five Tiki Totems on a base, and when you step on the base, drums play. Simple.
When I first visited Walt Disney World, I was about 5 or 6 years old. My parents took me all over the Magic Kingdom. We did all of the big things. Saw the parades. I don’t remember much of it! But I remember these Tiki Totems. I remember how I felt when I stepped onto them and was surprised by the music. I remember that I spent some time jumping on and off of them. Simple.
So as parents, do we feel that we have to maximize every moment for our young children by dragging them (oft times kicking and screaming) to the big things? Do we push them into the waiting arms of a huge Donald Duck costumed character, when all they want to do is chase the real duck who is waddling through the Park?
The Point: Big things are often expensive. But simple things are always priceless!