I am a cast member working at Walt Disney World, and have returned to work a month ago after the furlough, in which I got paid 40 hrs a week for doing nothing. I have seen this place empty and full and these are my thoughts.
Say what you will about the Grand Canyon
And other places of natural beauty and grandeur
But our place only gets prettier with people.
Here there are races and ballgames
Silly challenges and serious professional competitions.
There are meetings and conventions where deals are struck, mergers happen and the dissolution of musical groups.
But mostly there is storytelling.
Tales of princesses and lovable losers, disguises and confusion.
Fables of discovery, change, sadness and friendship.
But without people, without our guests experiencing it, it is just a lot of buildings and sidewalks.
We miss our guests
We miss the families that are here for the first time.
We miss the groups of friends that come here and laugh.
We miss the couples that are here for their hundredth time.
We are still here
Patrolling the parks
And making sure it is ready when our guests come back and are part of our story again.
This place was made for people.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a spokesperson for The Walt Disney Company or any of its subsidiaries. The views expressed are my own and are in no way endorsed or sanctioned by my employer.