Well, the Disney part of my trip is over: the races, seeing the kids off at 3am, riding rides and visiting with characters, getting through the crowd to see the kids at the finish of the marathon (on the fourth of four days of races), walking, walking, walking, and seeing the most spectacular fireworks I have ever witnessed in my life. It is not a trip I will soon forget, especially not the looks on my grandchildren’s faces when they were in Jedi training and Darth Vader came out of the Temple, or the stunt man was running on fire, or Lightning McQueen came out of the semi, or the littlest one went up and hugged Mickey.

Getting in my steps is no problem in Disney World, no treadmill necessary. Flights of stairs are harder to come by, but I managed a few each day. The experience is something out of the ordinary, but I have to ask myself, did Walt Disney every imagine such a powerful, money-making machine when he created the mouse that launched such an empire? It truly is an empire – and every facet of it makes money, lots of it. I don’t criticize that – it’s the American dream – but I do wonder what Walt would make of it all. Times change – we know that – and changes are afoot at the parks. Themes are changing too.

Hollywood Studios is changing to Star Wars. No wonder, Star Wars is so popular. Hollywood has truly diminished in importance when you think of the Internet sensations that never set foot in California. Popularity is no longer dependent on being glamorous or being owned by a Studio. I can only imagine that many youngsters today would ask the question, “What is Hollywood?”

The remainder of the trip is planned for grandma-time, not as glamorous as Disney, but still good time. It might be necessary recovery time too.

and so it goes…

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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