What’s the Disney Secret?

Truth time; haven’t you always been curious, why do we keep coming back to Disney? We’ve been on the rides dozens of times, seen the fireworks from every possible viewing spot, walked down Main Street hundreds of times, did loser laps in the largest of parking lots trying to find the best spots, and yet, we keep coming back for more. Being of the inquisitive, research oriented mind I set out to discover what’s the Disney secret.

I found a post that sums up a lot of the sentiments I discovered in my research. This comes from a Disney discussion board:

“Disney parks are wildly immersive. For the most part Disney attractions tell a great story that lives on with visitors long after the thrills of the rides have faded into memory. Further, Disney seeks to entertain and educate, so not only do visitors get these amazing experiences that they remember for a lifetime, but after they leave there is almost always something about their visit that inspires them to learn more about a place they visited. For example, after people visit Expedition Everest (at least the way it used to be), how many of them will want to go back home and learn more about Nepal, and Mount Everest, and the legend of the Yeti? Or after experiencing Mission:Space and the surrounding pavilion, how many kids develop a deeper interest in becoming astronauts? In other words, Disney parks inspire people to do something, even after they leave the parks. Let’s face it, we all love other amusement parks and when we visit them we generally have a great time. But those visits don’t inspire us to go beyond the theme park and learn something new, we just go there for a good time and leave. But because Disney tries to entertain and educate, visitors are often inspired to continue their park adventures even after the vacation has ended.”

This explanation is a fantastic summary, but it’s missing one other element – Cast Members. The people who keep the magic going. They are the dreamers and doer’s even when it’s boiling hot, freezing cold, raining, or there is a hurricane bearing down on the park. Cast Members are an integral part of Disney operations, and often the unsung heroes of making a guest experience memorable.

Please share with us Main Streeters – what is the Disney Secret that keeps you coming back? Where have you experienced the most magic? We would love to hear from you!



Erika Roberts has been a Disney kid for as long as she can remember, but her love of visiting Disney Parks started after just one ride in a Doom Buggy. She couldn’t run to guest relations fast enough to offer up her soul in return for an Annual Pass. Since then Disney has taken all of her money, but has given her the most cherished memories; from watching her Nona’s face light up with happy tears as we strolled down Main Street on her first visit (she was 84 at the time), to her very own engagement on Halloween in front of the Haunted Mansion. Erika is excited to be on the TMSM team and where Disney Parks are concerned, you won’t catch her dead on It’s a Small World. If she asks to ride that, this is a clear indication that she is in danger and you must send help. You will, however, catch her performing Random Acts of Disney (R.A.D’s), park hopping with her amazing group of impressively talented and kind friends (usually in some themed attire), hanging out by The Haunted Mansion, and ugly crying during fireworks… then begging for a Mickey Premium Bar to eat her feelings…this is a judgment-free bio. Otherwise, Erika works for the State of Florida and is actively involved in her community. Erika believes in empowering others and spreading kindness to people from all walks of life. Erika also makes custom designed Disney inspired ears, etched glass, gifts, and accessories. You can check out, like or follow her work on FB, which also links to my shop’s Instagram: www.facebook.com/imagineering.emporium. She looks forward to getting to know everyone and sharing the magic of Disney!

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