Chances are, if you are reading this blog- you love Disney too. You might be a fan of Disney past, thinking about a theme park visit, or love the movies.
The Disney theme parks- Disneyland and Walt Disney World- are two of the premier vacation spots in the entire world!
Think about that. It's unbelievable the traffic that these two parks see. It's a hodgepodge of people that visit- people from different states, different tax brackets, different countries.
Why do these people pick Disney theme parks- and why do many of them choose to return?
I want to touch on one specific reason. And it's one of the reasons I love Disney so.
It's Disney's attention to detail. It's unparalleled.
I'm one of those people who is always thinking when I go someplace, "What could they have done better?" You won't have many answers to that question in a Disney theme park. The thought process the Imagineers must go through... They see to every detail, and think about it from every angle.
Take the new Art of Animation hotel. I ran across a great article in the NY Daily News (if you're thinking about visiting Walt Disney World, take a second to read it).
Here's a piece from that article-
While I loved the new attractions, it was not so much the rides that captured my heart but the great attention that was given to details by Disney Imagineers — from the moment the magical mirror inside Maurice’s Cottage takes guests into Beast’s castle for story time with Belle, to dining in front of a window where snow softly falls.
The napkins are folded like red roses, the master of the house welcomes guests in his study and knights in shining armor whisper in the halls.
I stayed at Art of Animation, the latest addition to Disney’s value resort portfolio. It opened last May, and family suites, starting at $250 a night, are available in the Finding Nemo, Lion King and Cars section.
The Little Mermaid area, where I stayed, offers standard rooms starting at $113 per night. I was again delighted by the smallest of details: The coat hangers were shaped like fish hooks, the walls of my bathtub made me feel like I was under the sea and the big blue swimming pool played music under water.
And the author didn't lie- take a look at the inside of the bath tub.
And this is also why you should stay on property. There's no hotel like this- where you can feel like you are part of a fairy tale. You can stay at a Holiday Inn anywhere.
But this isn't just about the Art of Animation- the entire theme parks have these magical touches throughout. The author of the article also discussed some of the magic you can find in the new Fantasyland. It's the small things, like the coat hangars shaped like fish hooks, that really complete the magic.
We went to Walt Disney World on our honey moon, and also visited Universal Studios. The difference between the two parks was staggering. I had visited Universal as a child- and it looked like some of the rides hadn't been touched since then. The "classic" rides were classic in every sense of the word.
Disney will actually shut down rides and restaurants so they can repaint, and update theming. It stinks when there's something shut down on your trip-but its a necessary evil to keep Disney of top of the theme park world. Now, since I visited Universal, they have added some new things, and underwent new ownership. It appears they are headed in the right direction-and the rides there were great. I love Spiderman and the Simpsons ride, among others.
Whether it's creating new rides, hotels, restaurants, or maintaining old attractions- Disney sees to it with the most creative minds.
Speaking of the Art of Animation resort- check out the Cozy Cone Motel pool at the Cars part of the resort.