There is a little tagline people like to use when talking about Walt Disney...
"It all started with a mouse."
And it did. Oswald. Mortimer (to become Mickey).
But at Hollywood Studios, we watched Walt Disney: One Man's Dream. You walk through a museum, a timeline of the life and work of Walt Disney. Then you watch a 15 minute movie about his life.
And that's where we learned the most important thing about Disney World. And it has nothing to do with a mouse.
Walt Disney had all his time and money tied up in the company, in the movies, in the characters. However, he gave every Saturday to his daughters - Daddy and Daughter Day. They would go out and find fun things for the girls to do. And Walt realized that he wanted to find a place where they could go and have fun together.
So he created that place - Disneyland.
A place where the family could go and have fun together.
In moments of exhaustion and heat and hunger and frustration... I kept going back to the reason Disneyland and Disney World were created. To have a place where families could go and have fun together.
And for the most part, that's what we did!