Happy Birthday Walt Disney World

Happy Birthday Walt Disney World.  Disney World opened to the public on October 1, 1971, nearly five years after Walt Disney died from cardiac arrest (brought on from the removal of his cancerous left lung on November 7, 1966).

Walt’s older brother Roy O. Disney, at 73 years old, and enjoying retirement, had a big decision after Walt died on December 15, 1966.

Sell or develop.

Disney had purchased 27,443 acres, or 43 square miles, of alligator, snake and mosquito infested swampland during the mid-1960’s.  It is said the purchase price averaged less than $200 an acre.

Bought it cheap, sell it cheap.  Or, build?  And build Roy did.

Thank you to Walt Disney, Roy O. Disney, and the entire Disney organization for making Walt Disney’s biggest dream come to life.

My Family has enjoyed hundreds of visits to Walt Disney World.  Our home is located just a few miles from Cinderella Castle. Every night we see and hear the Magic Kingdom fireworks.

It’s been a dream come true to live so close to the most Magical place on Planet Earth.

September Here We Come

Looking forward to September and a new monthly focus.

In honor of our son’s birthday, August’s focus was sharing how Walt Disney has made me a better Father and a better person overall. That’s right, Walt Disney influenced this big time.  Seriously.

A better father?

For real.  Walt Disney has literally changed my life.

Walt Disney enhanced the way I look at it, think about it, and most importantly, how I behave in it.

Walt Disney has influenced everything I do.  There is no corner of my life that hasn’t been touched by living next door to Walt Disney World Resort for 25 years.

C-ya real soon.  Like tomorrow morning.  Can’t wait, jungle jeff noel 🙂

Are Impossible Goals Best?

Is setting an impossible goal the best way to ensure your success?

Almost sounds counter-intuitive, doesn’t it?

If it’s impossible, than it can’t be done.  Right?

Well, here’s what I think:

“If you’re goal isn’t impossible, you’re not reaching high enough”. 

Only a hunch, and I’ll bet most who read this will be in such a rush, that the insightful message will be lost.

Trust me, I have embraced this insight.  And it has made all the difference in the world.

Best wishes for continued success as you pursue your big dreams.  Carpe diem, jeff noel  🙂

Walt Disney was “crazy”

Inspiration can come from the most unlikely source.

Do you ever find this to be true?

It’s like a gift, right under our nose, waiting to be unwrapped.

Except for one thing.

We rarely take notice.

Walt Disney spent a lifetime teaching his associates to pay attention to the smallest of details.  Details so “insignificant” that some would say, Walt, that’s too much perfection.  The audience won’t see that kind of perfection. Many people thought Walt Disney was crazy because of his obsession with small details.

Walt would shoot back, They may not see perfection, but they can feel it“.

Little details.  Little gifts, so to speak.

Insignificant details that become redundant, and most would avoid the effort, because it would cost too much or take too long.

And the payoff?  Nothing. The Guests will never notice.

That was the genius of Disney’s founder, Walt Disney.

It’s every Leader’s duty to keep that genius alive at The Walt Disney Company.

This past Sunday, my wife, son, and I enjoyed a few late afternoon hours at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water park.  It was 85 degrees and sunny.  Palm trees and tropical flowers everywhere.

We had a wonderful afternoon.

Later that night, as I was cleaning off the countertop, putting away my wallet, keys, and receipts, I noticed something.

A small detail.

On our admission pass was Minnie Mouse, smiling like she always does.  That wasn’t actually the small detail.

What really caught my attention were the two words on either side of Minnie.

CELEBRATE EVERYDAY!”

So, that’s exactly what I did today.

And you know what else?

Can’t wait to do it all over again tomorrow.

Disney Parks ARE the Happiest places on Earth.  How cool is that?