Walt Disney was a story teller. I don’t know that he could have ever imagined how many realms his brand would expand into when he first began drawing cartoons but his brand has continued to be loyal to the storytelling business.
I often warn people who have never been to Walt Disney World not to expect ground breaking and record breaking thrill rides. The Disney Company is not in that business. They are in the business of storytelling, even in their parks. Now, they might build some thrilling experiences into their story but thrills will never be the primary focus of an attraction.
Not all of the attractions within Disney Parks were inspired by a Disney film. Some attractions were inspired from other films, folklore, or from the history books. A storyline can be found in just about every attraction and for some, that story begins before you even set foot in the attraction’s queue. In some attractions, like Stitch’s Great Escape, the storyline is laid out for you from beginning to end. Other attractions, like The Haunted Mansion, the story is much more detailed than many guests realize because the story is told through thematic elements from the queue all the way until you exit the gates of the estate.
The Imagineers even go to great lengths to build stories into whole area’s of the parks, restaurants, resorts, and gift shops. I have learned many of these stories through other blogs, podcasts, reading books, and through my own curiosity while touring the parks. I love learning and teaching others about all of the details that go into creating my “laughing place” but of all the ways I learn about Walt Disney World, I have found nothing is more satisfying that discovering something on your own. What is even better is watching someone else discover it!
I did not want to go into the details of the not-so-obvious storylines at Walt Disney World for a few reasons. One, there are many that I still do not know. Two, a whole blog could be themed after all of the storylines in Walt Disney World. Most importantly, I want you to discover the stories for yourself. Take more time to look around and listen instead of running through the queue. The attraction begins as you approach, not just when you sit down in the ride vehicle. Ask a cast member if you have to. Many will know some of the stories (or a version of them) and will be excited to tell you.
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