Wednesday with Walt: Disney spelled backwards is kismet?
13th Jun 2012
My mom has often told me there is something extraordinary with me and Disney. She is not sure from where it comes but somehow I am the one in our family who just fell in love with Disney from an early age. I attribute it greatly to her, after all, she is the one who started me on this journey. It was like it became part of my soul.
It’s like kismet, or as I like to call it, Disney Magic! If you are reading this then you likely know exactly what I am talking about. You LOVE Disney! It seems like such a simple thing, doesn’t it? You work just to be able to spend that vacation with your family in the most magical place on Earth.
Some people, especially those who have not visited the Disney parks, do not understand what drives me. I am often asked, “Why are you going to Disney World AGAIN?” and “Why on earth did you take a part-time job as a Disney travel planner when you already work full-time, have three kids and all your other responsibilities?” My response is simply, ‘What’s a good date that I can plan a trip for your family to visit Walt Disney World, as that would surely answer all your questions.’
I am not exactly sure what drives me toward Walt Disney, his work and his parks. I am not even positive what this Disney Magic really is. Maybe it has something to do with how I am always wishing for a better tomorrow, where people smile more or reach out to each other in friendly ways, but something about Disney definitely touches my heart. Then again, it could be destiny.
Whenever I read about Walt, it is as though I have a real connection with him somehow and, through the years, even when I haven’t had Disney in the forefront of my mind it seems to end up right back there. For instance, I host a book and film club at my home in which we read a book a month. Once a year we each choose a book we would like everyone to read. Last year, I chose a book called The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall. I loved the book and, wouldn’t you know it, while reading chapter 10 there was a true tale about Walt Disney staring me right in the face and warming my heart. These kinds of things happen to me often.
Another example is that Roy Disney married a woman named Edna Francis. Guess what my mother’s name is?
From 1921-1922, Walt and his friend and colleague, Fred Harman, opened a studio and named it Kaycee Studios. Whenever he spoke of their venture, Walt simply called it Kaycee. Do you know that out of all the young ladies in the world, the one I will be calling my daughter-in-law this August is named Kay-Cee, and spelled this way?
Call it what you want – I believe it is fate!
I also don’t think it is any mistake that I grew up in Galveston, Texas and just a few months after I was hired as an agent with Pixie Vacations, Disney announced they would start cruising out of my hometown.
Think I am crazy? Maybe I am, but all I know is that the universe pushes me toward it, even when I have absolutely nothing to do with it in any way. Disney. Magic. Some people understand exactly where I’m coming from, others not so much. I know that I actually feel more alive and happier than at any other time when I am at Disney. I feel bad for those who are missing out on something really special. I hope you have it, and if not, I hope you will let me help you find it.