A funny thing happened on the way

A funny thing happened on the way to the party.

A late-season (it was November 17) thunderstorm rolled in, fogging up the gigantic windows facing the Magic Kingdom.

Could have been worse.

Weather is always a potential challenge in WDW operations. Always.

We roll with it and never complain about it.

The smaller head count allowed for the food and beverage menus to be upgraded. Yes, these events have a budget – which is decent for a 30-year Cast Member. It was first class all the way.

Our drive home after the party took minutes.

It is never lost on me that the original vision was to live within five minutes of Walt Disney World.

Check.

To this day, it remains a “check”.

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Inspiration Alley at Disney Institute

So what is such a great question and has unlimited applications.

So what? Was it worth it, all those years at Disney and Disney Institute?

H, e, double-hockey-sticks yes!

Knowing six years in advance i’d be retiring at 55 instead of 65 provided enormous opportunity to cherish and savor those final years in a glorious, yet private way.

Remember, i was the only one who knew. Cheryl knew of the intention, but couldn’t fully appreciate the commitment to it. It’s easy to change your mind when no one knows.

The final-five-year countdown was visible only to me.

In hindsight, now seven years into retirement (and running my own business, since 2009) it is unanimously the best work decision ever.

Best decision by an order of magnitude, whatever that means. It sounds big to a guy from the small Paper Mill town of Spring Grove, Pennsylvania.

From pulp dust to Pixie Dust.

Second star to the right. Straight on ’til morning.

To infinity and beyond!

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Backstage Disney retirement

Backstage look at creating seemingly insignificant Disney plastic toy figure photos. The towel helped (a little) keep me dry.
It ain’t the Magic that makes it work, it’s the work that makes it Magic.
Little more context. See the top shelf characters as well as the lower left posse?
Is that the ocean? yes.

Backstage Disney retirement.

Front row seat.

As a participant in 2014.

And…

As the spouse of a participant on Valentine’s Day 2020.

So cool.

Hey curators (and god bless you for your skill set), this is what i mean by curator. You have no insider experience. An interview with a Disney legend, or executive is not the same as working with the legend or executive.

Not. The. Same.

Ever.

Riff is now completed.

Please watch your head and step as you exit the vehicle.

If you bump your head, please watch your language.

(Over and over and over)

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She’s in an enviable position

35-year Jiminy Cricket award.

She’s in an enviable position.

Who?

My wife.

Thirty-five Magical years.

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Disney retirement update

Florida homeowner swimming pool
Sometimes i work while floating on a raft.

 

Two days away from the end of my first year of Disney retirement.

Just yesterday i told a former Disney Institute colleague (he asked how i was enjoying retirement), “i’m working harder than ever, just not as much”.

Today is not a good day to put your dreams on hold.

Or is it?

 

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