Here’s a re-post from something I wrote last year. It still rings true, even more so now! Let me know what you think! ~M
I was at the Magic Kingdom recently, trying to fit in a little family time. The Magic Kingdom is my favorite out of the four WDW parks. I never tire of it. I love seeing the Castle lit up at night, watching Celebrate the Magic, and of course Wishes. We all love wishes, right? All these things are amazing…. that is, if you can actually SEE them.
The photo above is how the view was for us watching Celebrate the Magic on a recent Saturday evening. As soon as the show began, cell phones and tablets were sky high, and you had to watch part of the show through someone else’s device. Once Wishes started, it just got worse. People were so involved with taking pics and video taping the shows, that they weren’t actually WATCHING them, and certainly weren’t caring if people around them couldn’t see. Let’s just say, “that guy” was out in full force this weekend, and it was frustrating. Not only was the tech overload maddening, it was also, well… sad.
Remember the days when we used to bring our 35mm cameras to Disney, and then we got excited when we upgraded to digital to get better pics on vacation? The memory is fading for me. I remember when our biggest worry for parades and fireworks was finding a spot on the curb or someplace that the kids could see better at. Now, even if we have a good spot, we’ll probably end up watching through someone’s Ipad or cell phone. Sooooo sad. So, that begs the question, is technology ruining the magic, maybe a little? I think so. We were trying to get across the hub, heading towards the Haunted Mansion, when the daily stage show started up for their last show of the day. We almost got trampled by people stampeding towards the castle, phones up in the air. Just crazy. So what’s the solution? I’m honestly not sure.
Disney went ahead and banned selfie sticks, thank God, and it’s because people weren’t being considerate with them and they were becoming a hazard. People were taking the sticks out on rides even though they were instructed not to. Also, guests were using the selfie sticks in rude ways, not watching where they were swinging them, and holding them up high for shows. Again, glad those are gone. So what’s next? Now that people can’t use selfie sticks. they are holding their arms up higher during shows and such, and I’m telling you, it’s just not polite whatsoever. Actually, for those of us with shorter children, it’s even worse because we have to listen to our child complain that they can’t see a thing. People don’t go to Disney and enjoy it in real time anymore, everything has to be recorded. I’m guilty of it too, as I find it hard to get our of work mode. Running a Disney site and magazine, I’m programmed to be taking pics of everything. However, I keep my camera at my eye level, so I don’t bother those around me. It’s just common courtesy.
There are times that I wish people, myself included, would take time to look around at all that Disney offers, not just through an electronic device. When Wishes was over, I fought my way to the front of the lit up Castle, and just gazed at how pretty it was. Even when taking pictures, truly, the camera doesn’t do it justice, it’s that beautiful. Seeing the looks on my kids faces, not through my camera, is pretty great too. Those times are fleeting as the boys are getting older, and I don’t want to miss any of it. It’s ok to put the phone or Ipad down and just enjoy. Pictures are great, but memories that live in your heart are even better.
So, what do you think? Let us know in the comments! ~M
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