First and foremost, we have to ask: "What would Walt think of Walt Disney World in general?" We'd have to assume that he would be extremely proud of what his Florida project had become. Although Walt had the basic plans for the Magic Kingdom drawn up, he passed nearly five years before it opened. He originally envisioned one theme park and a community where people would live, work, and play which eventually turned into Epcot. Do you think he could have imagined this destination turning into the number one vacation spot in the world, with four theme parks, two water parks, multiple golf courses and over 25,000 hotel rooms?
Finally, "What would Walt think about computers and smartphones?" At the time of Walt's passing, there was no such thing as a personal computer. Do you think he could have envisioned people planning their vacations and even making dining reservations while sitting in front of a screen inside of their own home? The closest thing to a home computer in 1966 was a typewriter! When it comes to communications, there weren't even cordless phones in the 60's, let alone that fancy little gadget we call a cell phone. I think that Walt would have mixed feelings about the invention of the smartphone. He would probably be very impressed at this technology that allows guests to check wait times, look at restaurant menus, and even send short messages to friends and families. However, I think he would also be a little disappointed in seeing so many people staring at their little "Star Trek" communicators instead of taking in the beauty and wonder of their surroundings. There are so many details to be seen around Walt Disney World that many guests overlook, simply because their eyes are glued to their phones.
Around here, however, we don't
look backwards for very long.
We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and
doing new things, because we're curious....
and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
Have a Disneyriffic day and remember to keep moving forward. See ya real soon!