This Reminds Me

This reminds me of what vacationing Disney Guests feel like.

My family and I are preparing for my very first Writer’s Retreat combined with an annual summer vacation to our favorite beach get-a-way.

We’ve calculated this is our 23rd visit in the past 21 years.

Same island.  Same accommodations.  Same Ocean.

Different owners.  Different management team.  Different emotions.

We are not sure this experience will be as relaxing as in the past.


Too much change perhaps.   Too much focus on the bottom line.  Too much heritage lost.

The last one, heritage lost, is the thing that worries me.

Now that our son is almost nine, he has really great memories of this place and looks forward to it even more than we do.  Our first Lab went for 12 years.  Our second Lab, now ten, has been going to this sunny place since he was four months old.

In fact, last October, we took him there, for what we thought was his last weekend on earth.  He obviously, and miraculously, survived – further cementing our emotional attachment to this special place.

We feel like owners.  Seriously.  I’ve never felt this unusual feeling of entitlement.

Because of our loyalty, we could easily daydream that when we arrive, the trumpets will sound as the red carpet awaits us.

This is what I’m absolutely certain Disney’s long-time returning Guests must feel like.

I hope the trumpets blare and the red carpet awaits them and their families.

What a huge responsibility it is to make people feel like Royalty.

What a huge privilege.

Carpe diem, jungle jeff 🙂

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff: You are absolutely correct. We do feel the trumpets blare and the red carpet awaits. We are leaving for our 21st visit to Disney World in 9 days. Our first visit was over 30 years ago with just my husband and I, and now there are 8 of us which includes 3 grandchildren. We anticipate our visit with childlike excitement for months in advance. Many friends wonder why we keep vacationing to the same place. There is no decision making for us, there is no place else we would rather be. Where else can a family with ages 2 to 57 go and everyone has an equal amount of fun?

    This year is doing to be extra special. My two daughters will be attending the Backstage Magic tour while I will be attending the Princess Tea with my granddaughter. After all these years, we are still doing things we have never done before at Disney. It is truly amazing.

    When we get back my daughters will be attending the Disney Keys to Business Excellence in Joliet Illinois on Aug 18th. I hope someday in the near future they will be able to attend the DI 5-day in Orlando like I did. It was an experience I will NEVER forget.

    Get the trumpets and red carpet ready, we are on the way!

  2. Donna, you and your family are our welcomed friends and cherished Disney Guests. Thank you for your affirmation, that loyalty has an enormous emotional element attached to it, beyond what most of us can comprehend.

    And, most especially, thank you for your loyalty. From you and your husband, to now eight of you, ranging from two to 57. WOW!

    Your daughters will love the Backstage Magic tour. I’ve led it many times myself. It’s a phenomenal day.

    They’ll also love the Disney KEYS to Business Excellence. It is also a Magical experience.

    I’ll be in Chicago August 17-21, presenting the DI 5-day Disney Approach to Business Excellence. Yes, we are taking our world-famous multi-day programs to locations all over the Country.

    PS. We also have a great new series of Web seminars.

    PSS. Hope your upcoming vacation is the best one of your entire lives.

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