Disney Storytelling at its Best
Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Yellow. Enjoy the ride as we share with you what we consider the best examples of Disney storytelling in the parks. When you walk into a Disney theme park – whether it’s Disneyland in California or one of the parks at Walt Disney World in Florida, you know you’re not dealing with just another theme park. We live about halfway between two Six Flags theme parks, and we go at least once or twice every summer. You notice I don’t write much about Six Flags? Yet I’ve been blogging for almost two years about Disney, after a single trip in 2010. The differences between the two theme parks are both painfully obvious and incredibly subtle, and it all comes down to storytelling. Every theme park has characters and themed rides, just like Disney. But, as hard as they try, they never quite manage to tell a story the way Disney can. Maybe it’s because Disney started out as a storytelling company, then branched into theme parks and resorts. Most other resorts and theme parks set out to create a theme park or a resort, and have tried to copy the outer layers of what Disney does, without understanding the storytelling that goes on underneath. Or maybe Disney just hires all the really good creatives and there’s nobody left for anybody else!
Ok, enough philosophy. Our theme this month is the best examples of Disney storytelling in the parks. One of the things I love about Disney, that no one else does, is that they infuse a story into every single aspect of the parks. Even the misters are part of the story! You’ll never see a plain metal pole spraying mist at guests in a Disney park.
But I have to say that my absolute favorite example of Disney storytelling has got to be the Haunted Mansion attraction. The very first time I experienced it, at 8 years old, I was completely drawn into the story of this neglected old mansion. I believed in those ghosts.
The last time I experienced it, I was in my mid-30s, and I still had to remind myself “It’s only a ride.” To this day, I’m not entirely certain that there are only 999 happy haunts in that place. It wouldn’t surprise me to find out there was an extra ghost or two. After all, who has ever counted them?
If I absolutely had to choose between them, I’d pick the Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square at Disneyland. It fits so seamlessly into its surroundings, and every detail of the attraction and the surrounding area immerses you in the story of New Orleans. And we all know there are plenty of spirits down in the Bayou!
Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is DIStherapy.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
1st Stop ~ Return to Disney
2nd Stop ~ DIStherapy
3rd Stop ~ Delightfully Disney
Final Stop ~ Magical Mouse Schoolhouse