“Cheese curds?” the woman next to us in line piped up. “Are you from Wisconsin, too?” Soon we were in a conversation about the merits of Wisconsin cheese and what we had enjoyed most at Disney.
I am not a fan of Disney retellings that become the only version of a traditional tale that this generation knows. Like when the sleeping beauty DOESN’T sleep for a hundred years—the whole point of the story. Or the little mermaid marries her prince and lives happily ever after, turning tragedy to comedy. But Disney does run fabulous theme parks with top quality rides, cutting edge technology and spectacular landscaping
It still does. The efficiency, cleanliness and beauty of the landscaping are still impressive. But this trip it was the way Disney draws people together in shared experiences and memories that struck me. No, we won’t be friends forever, but for a few minutes we recognize that the muslim family wrestling a stroller onto the bus are not so different from us. The black teens shrieking around the TestTrack curves in the back seat of our car are enjoying the same thrills we are. (Bella went twice!) Friendliness and respect are the order of the day. Too bad the rest of America can’t be like Disney World.
LeAnne Hardy has lived in six countries on four continents. Her books come out of her cross-cultural experiences and her passion to use story to convey spiritual truths in a form that will permeate lives.
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