Regular readers will recognise this image of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom.
It is one of our favorite shots, and all the work of our own photographer.
For us, this picture is much more than just a shot of the gorgeous castle.
Looking at it more closely, it totally sums up the Magic of a visit to Disney World.
To the left, we see a dad, holding his daughter’s hand as they make their way to grab a great spot to catch the parade that is about to begin in about 15 minutes time. We love the fact that the dad seems more eager to get to his spot than her! We bet he is a true Disney fan and his co-workers don’t even know!
On the curbside, families gather, taking a rest in the warmth of the February sunshine that day. Of course, the ballon seller drifts silently by, her arm pulled constantly by those adorable Tinkerbell and Mickey Ear balloons.
I love to picture the kids walking proudly down Main St USA clutching tightly onto the cord of their chosen balloon, staring adoringly up, as they make their way to the park exit at the end of their vacation. What will come of that ballon I wonder? Will it fly away? Or will it, as Mom desperately hopes, make that memory box back home?
The picture, is a favorite of ours for all of the above, but most of all the simplicity of the charm that we as guests bring to the most Magical Place on Earth!
As the parks step up a gear, our experiences change. We want more form a visit, and the park owners, need more from our wallets to meet our expectations.
We, as guests seem to loath change, especially if it is the ‘loss’ of a favorite attraction, but what do we feel when they give us more?
MyMagic+ looks set to become Disney’s biggest parks project of the decade in Walt Disney World. Set to roll out December 1st for all Resort accommodation guests, the Hi-Tech service is literally bursting with functionality to ensure Disney guests make the most of their stay in Orlando.
Being able to book restaurants, pay for meals, buy a Mickey premium, open your room door and even jump the lines, is all possible with the Magicband on your wrist.
Yes, the word; connected, has never seemed so appropriate since the arrival of cell phones as the Magicband.
The RFID account even allows your cell phone to help you to plan your day.
It can even suck money out of your wallet, even when it is securely tucked away in your room safe back in the resort!
Without doubt, the MyMagic+ system will make a visit to Disney a better experience for guests that love to embrace technology. Lots of information, lots of functionality make for a more efficient day in the Disney parks.
Is efficiency what we really want?
Firstly, I think we ought to make it clear, that we are techno enthusiasts, that adore the advent of the Magicbands at Walt Disney World this December.
We can’t help wonder, however, if that feeling will pass the tests of time without scrubbing off some of the shiny Disney Magic from a trip to the parks.
As you read this blog, we are probably right in assuming that many of you are somewhat experienced Disney World guests right?
We would also be safe in assuming that your very first Disney visit was indeed the most magical of all of your Disney adventures?
If we think back however, to that very first time inside the Magic Kingdom, the Magic was all about that personal family time and the joy of discovery and surprise. We don’t know about you, but the very thought of planning my first trip’s fastpasses online prior to ever even setting foot in the parks, simply seems unrealistic.
Even the thought of staring at a cell phone, instead of the smiles on the kids faces just dissolves away the biggest joys of a first visit to the Magic Kingdom.
Our confession is that we are IT fans. We own a gorgeous website for example, but many, many visitors to Walt Disney World don’t embrace online technology in the same way and for many, they have good reason, others, simply struggle with small handheld devices, computers and personal accounts linked to credit cards.
As Disney roll out MyMagic+ beyond the 2013 trials, they may find that for some, if not many, the Disney Magic might not be quite as powerful as it could have been.
Take one last look at that simple image at the top of this page.
It has a Castle, a few balloons and us, eagerly awaiting the 3 o’clock parade.
No Magicbands, no thrill rides, no contacltess payments, just 100% pure Disney Magic!