Every time I make it to Disney World I find new things, even this weekend, and other things I can appreciate. I lost count of the number of times I have been lucky enough to visit, but there always seems to be something new and something traditional. From new treats, to new shows, to new people to watch going is always an adventure. This weekend my kids and I were able to celebrate my oldest daughter’s birthday. We watched the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom, had breakfast and Crystal Palace (try the Pooh puffs! They are wonderful), and did some people watching. We even caught a new show, that reminded me of days gone by.
While walking through the park, on the way to Thunder Mountain, we walked by the Hall of Presidents. While passing the area, I noticed people watching something. To my surprise, it was the Muppets! I love the Muppets. All the main characters were a part of the show, and they were telling the story of Paul Revere, Muppet style. Miss Piggy was trying to get all the attention, while Sam the Eagle told the story. Kermit was Paul Revere and Gonzo, Fozzie, and the chickens were all involved. It was fun, and funny, and reminiscent of the Muppet Show of years gone by.
I so enjoyed the Muppet Show when it was on television. It was funny, safe, and showed cooperation and caring for each other. It was a simpler time, and sometimes I really miss that. The first Muppet Movie talked about following your dream, in spite of the influence of others. The second movie had the Muppets going out to find fame and fortune, and finding meaning to their friendships instead. From Gonzo’s movie that helped him discover who he was, to the Muppet Christmas Carol (one of my favorites), to saving the Muppet studios, they all have messages of hope and caring and family, and in these troubled times, I hope we can return to basic values.
Disney World is often ridiculed for some of it’s dress codes, values, and manipulation of history, but at the end of the day it’s about treating the guests with respect and creating an experience that is exciting for families. The Parent company for ABC television is standing up for better values and challenging the norms of today. If everyone tried to respect the beliefs and values of others, our world would be a much better place to live. Just people watching at Disney over the weekend, and watching the cast members work with guests, it often makes me think about service at other places. Customer service isn’t what it used to be, and service with a smile has mostly been lost in current retail, but it can be back and can be a part of the future.
There is always something new at Disney. Something that reminds me of what I’m trying to do. Something that reminds me to be a better person. Something that reminds me about how to treat others and how I would like to be treated. It renews my faith in people and makes me laugh, but it also helps me remember that new things come along and help redefine the future. It’s all a part of being happy, for life.