Walt Disney and his brother, Roy, officially founded the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio (now known as The Walt Disney Company) on October 16th, 1923. As a result of that day, the world was forever changed.
Can you imagine a world without Disney? The movies, characters, music, theme parks, water parks, TV shows/networks, etc. created by Disney throughout the company’s history have become such a common part of everyday life that people may oftentimes not even realize just how big of an impact the company has on the world, and has for 96 years.
The impacts of the company may be more significant in locations that have Disney theme parks, but billions of people in many countries around the world are surrounded by Disney on a daily basis, in one way or another, whether they realize it or not.
For us, living just minutes from Walt Disney World, the effects of the company are far greater than they would be for people who live elsewhere. We both live close enough to the parks that we are able to see and hear the fireworks every night.
Once you get used to the nightly fireworks schedule, you can tell what time it is without looking at a clock, just because of the fact that you’re hearing fireworks. You not only know what time it is, but you also know which park the fireworks are from when you hear them. For me, this was so awesome to realize when I moved here. More than four years later, I still think it’s awesome every time.
Halie has an amazing view of Magic Kingdom’s fireworks from her backyard. It’s pretty hard to beat sitting around a bonfire and watching the fireworks in the distance. Just imagine how incredible it would be to get to enjoy that view every night.
The first few years that I lived here, I had a good view of Magic Kingdom’s fireworks from the parking lot outside of my condo. Every year on New Year’s Eve I looked forward to going outside just before midnight to get a good view of the fireworks and ringing in the new year with the finale of Magic Kingdom’s fireworks show. I always thought it was so cool to have the luxury of ringing in the new year with that view, but enjoying the view of the fireworks from Halie’s backyard as we rang in 2019 together was truly incredible.
Halie is a cast member, and has been for several years. For her, Disney has a direct impact on her life. Being able to work as a cast member is something that many people dream of doing, but never get the chance. Being a cast member allows her to visit the theme parks and water parks any time she wants. Spending a day at Typhoon Lagoon is a great way relax and when she has a day off from work and doesn’t want to deal with the large crowds in the theme parks. We will go into more details about the perks of being a cast member in a future post, for those of you who have ever wanted to work for Disney.
I work right next to WDW property and have to drive all the way across property every day going to and from work. Driving by the Walt Disney World welcome signs as I enter the resort’s property is something that still makes me smile every time. Watching the sunrise behind Tower of Terror as the fog was starting to lift on Halloween morning while I was driving to work was a perfect way to get my Halloween started.
Even when we aren’t visiting the parks, we both love getting to see Cinderella Castle, Spaceship Earth, Tower of Terror, or Expedition Everest when we drive by the parks. A really cool perk of living here is that we can drive through Disney property any time we want. A bit of a dream come true realization that I never take for granted is that I have to pass by Magic Kingdom on my way to Wal-Mart when I shop there. We both occasionally go out of our way to drive past Magic Kingdom just to get a view of the castle. That view just makes any day a bit brighter for both of us.
It should be no surprise that Disney has a significant impact on Orlando and central Florida, as a whole. Disney is the reason Orlando is the city it has become. All of central Florida has Disney to thank for the growth and economic impact experienced here since Walt first purchased the land on which WDW was built.
A large percentage of the population of the Orlando metro area is made up of cast members, as well as employees of the other theme parks we have here. If Walt Disney World had never been built, Orlando would be a very different place, and there is no telling what all of the people who work for the company would be doing for a living right now.
In such a touristy area, customer service is key. Companies have used the example set by Disney as their standard, because they know that customers have plenty options to go elsewhere if they aren’t treated well and taken care of the way they deserve.
Here in Orlando, it is nearly impossible to go through an entire day without encountering something that is either related to or influenced, in some way, by Disney.
Now, for those of you who don’t live near the theme parks, you may be surprised just how much of an impact Disney has on your life. How often do you see Disney characters throughout the course of a day? How often do you hear or use Disney quotes, song lyrics, or make references to anything Disney-related? How often do you watch Disney movies? How often do you see Disney ads? Do you watch ABC or ESPN? Disney owns them. There’s obviously Disney Channel, as well. Disney is about to launch a new streaming service. Many kids have Disney-themed birthday parties. Many die-hard Disney fans love to decorate their home and/or office with Disney memorabilia.
The impacts of Disney on everyday life are seemingly endless. You don’t have to be a die-hard fan, and it doesn’t matter if you live close to the parks. How does Disney impact your life? We would love to hear your thoughts, and, as always, don’t forget to follow us on social media so you can stay up to date on all of our Disney adventures.
XOXO, Halie and Danny