Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Happiest Place on Earth

Disney World... the happiest place on earth.

At least that's what they say on the commercials! Over the past weekend I visited the mouse and his friends and I can tell you that it is far from a happy experience.

You pack yourself into this "kingdom" along with millions of other people. The Florida sun beats down on the visitors causing them to sweat and create this united global stench. There are half naked children running around on leashes attached to their wrists screaming at the top of their lungs. Now the low percent of people on this earth who are bubbly and excited 24 hours a day all happen to work as "cast members" for Disney. So after you have been in the park for 6 hours dealing with all of the perks listed above and you're walking towards the exit... you might happen to run into a large, polyester character who wants to give you a hug or an over-enthusiastic photographer who wants your not-so-happy family to squeeze together for a picture. Lucky you. Right after you clench your jaw in a smile for this captured moment in time... the parade begins! So you now are stuck walking strictly on the sidewalks with all the other "happy" families that are just trying to escape. After dragging your screaming children past all of the candy and merchandise shops... you can see the pearly gates at a distance. Before you know it... you're in a power walk/jog while dragging your short-legged kids behind you. You make it to the gates and from there the buses back to the hotel are only a hop, skip, and jump away. When you get in your room you collapse onto the bed from exhaustion... at that point you are the happiest you have been all day.

***So while I really did visit Disney World this past weekend... this is not my version of a day at the park. The above story is what I read from the faces of many different cultures as I people watched. People watching is an interesting habit. You see people in their most basic, genuine form. During this day of people watching that form was multiplied by 10. Thanks, Disney, for a most enjoyable day in so many ways.***

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