"I end by saying this: when an attraction changes you, opens you up to new things, and lets you take a little bit of Disney and connect it to every day things, that attraction holds a special place in your heart. What attraction have you let change you?"I have been thinking about this question since she posted it on March 18- What attraction have I let change me? I have mentally walked through all 4 parks and all of the attractions. I have looked at past photographs from trips, reviewed old park maps and read descriptions in travel books. I have a lot of favorites and "must do" attractions, but have they actually changed me?
Well, after much thought and consideration, I have narrowed it down to 3 attractions.
The first time I rode Tower of Terror at the then MGM Studios at Walt Disney World was 1996. I went with my family for my college graduation trip. I loved the attraction then and still do today, even after several changes were made. The way this attraction changed me was is similar to the challenge Melissa wrote about in her post. After experiencing this attraction, I went home and started watching old Twilight Zone shows with a friend from the 1950s and 1960s. We didn't watch all of them, but we did watch enough that the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Walt Disney World and California Adventure (the only two I've been on) now have a different meaning to me. I understand the back story a bit more and feel like I have experienced a little of my parents childhood at the same time!
Another attraction that changed me was the Haunted Mansion. In 2006, my mother and I attended a Youth Ministry Conference at Walt Disney World. Part of our conference was to participate in the YES (Youth Educational Series) Program. During our tour with the YES Program, we had the chance to go behind the scenes and see how the ghosts at the Haunted Mansion were created. We learned about the effect known as Pepper's Ghost and saw first hand how this is done. We explored the use of scrims, lights, mirrors and glass to create the ghosts scenes throughout the ride. You may be asking, "So, how did this change you?" Well, in my everyday life, it really didn't change me, but in my theatrical life it did! Before Cman was born in 2009, I spent quite a bit of time at our local theatre in our hometown helping the lighting director run lights for shows. We used lighting techniques, gobo's and scrims for several productions. The Haunted Mansion is a lighting person's dream! I can't ride this attraction without thinking about all the techniques used and I can't run lights or see a play without thinking about how Disney uses the same lights and techniques in the Haunted Mansion!
One Man's Dream is the final attraction that has changed me. I guess for a "Disney Nerd," as my husband calls me, this is obvious! Every time I walk through this attraction and see the film at the end I am brought to tears. If I'm ever able to go to WDW by myself, I will definitely spend more time at this attraction. It's hard to really experience this attraction to it's fullest with a 2 and 10 year old eager to get to Toy Story Mania and Rock'n'Roller Coaster! Without this man and his dream, I wouldn't have this blog! :) I can't imagine how different my life would be without the years of Disney memories from TV, movies, shows, books and vacations. I hope and pray that I will leave a small impact on peoples lives the way Walt did. He inspires me to dream and to dream big.
So in keeping with the original question posted by Melissa, What attraction have you let change you? I'd love to hear what you have to say!