One of the big news stories this week is the reopening of Disney World in Orlando and, with Florida being one of the epicenters of the virus, there have been very polarizing opinions on the decision. Disney itself, in my experience, has always been a polarizing topic--you don't meet many people who could "take it or leave it" or are just "meh" about Disney in regard to the films, the parks, the institution as a whole. There seem to be those who can't stand anything Disney--the commercialism, the sugary-sweetness of it all--and then those who love Disney? Well, they don't leave you guessing, their minivan stickers say it all.
If you're one of the ones who could care less, no need to read on, this'll bore you to death. But for any Disney Superfans out there, I thought I'd share some questions I often get about my time working there and my experiences--the magical, the not-so-magical, and the just straight-up weird!
First I should provide a little context. On the Disneyfan spectrum, I land closer to Superfan status but am nowhere near the level of some guests I've seen at the park (I'll get into that later). Growing up in a small town in West Virginia, if a classmate got to go to Disney World it was a BIG, BIG deal (first of all...you're flying to Florida?!) I also grew up in what I consider the heyday of Disney animation--the trifecta of The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Beauty & the Beast were released when I was in the 9-12 year old age bracket, which just added to the fandom.
When we moved to Florida, as I entered middle school, I became more intrigued with all things Disney being that we were now living so close to the parks. In sixth grade I chose Walt Disney as the subject of a biography for writing class. I was fascinated by what I learned about him--his imagination, his vision, his love of family and Americana. I poured my heart and soul into that paper and clearly remember my teacher calling me up and tearing it to shreds, scoffing at both my writing ability and my dream to some day work for Disney (good call, lady).
The latest crisis within a crisis is the issue of whether or not school should resume in-person in August. Here in Florida the decision has been made that students will be returning with, in certain counties, the option to work virtually from home. When I wrote back in March that I felt the remainder of the year should be waived given that effective learning really couldn't occur in the shock of an unprecedented crisis, never in my wildest dreams (nightmares?) did I think we'd still be facing this--at this level--come August. At the time there were murmurings that we would likely be in this spot, but, probably like many others, I couldn't let my mind go there.
Well, here we are.
Unlike what it seems many people do, I won't write this with the intention of giving you my stance or strong opinion on what I believe you (or school districts or government officials) should do. (I know the last thing I need right now is another friggin' opinion.)
I also seem to be in the minority of Americans who acknowledge that
1-I'm not a trained medical professional or virologist,
2-I'm not a staunch Republican or die-hard Democrat who claims to have "The Answer" to this crisis,
3-I believe the truth in the statistics, data, and news probably lies somewhere in the middle.
So I don't have an answer for you, as I don't even have an answer for us yet. What I will offer is the only thing I can--my perspective on the whole thing and where I personally turn when it comes to making any tough decision (spoiler alert: it's not CNN or FOX).
I'm Krissy & I'm so thankful you're here. Being a woman, a wife, a mother--it's all rewarding but also tough. I hope this is a place you can go that feels like caffeine for the soul. Check out the categories below and, if you like what you read, subscribe to make sure you always have good Sunday morning reading to go with your coffee :)