Greetings! So I recently went on vacation to Albuquerque, New Mexico and while it was not Disney, it definitely got me to thinking. One of the things that we as Disney enthusiasts hold so near and dear about our beloved theme parks is just that, the THEME! With this in mind I’ll try to explain the makings of my mind in relation to this post.
See I personally love being in Disney parks because of the ambiance that can be created in the blink of an eye. For example, crossing a bridge in the Magic Kingdom can transport you to a completely different land and time. So here is where my recent vacation, Disney, and total Disney geekdom collide.
One of my favorite lands in the Magic Kingdom has always been Frontierland. Perhaps it’s the excitement of riding Big Thunder or Splash Mountain, but the theming here always makes me wonder what it was like in the West long ago. While in Albuquerque I had the chance to do a lot of exploring into other cultures and landscapes. While all of the differences in Southwest culture were of interest to me (especially the food) one thing stood out above the rest…the landscape. I cannot begin to put into words how truly breathtaking the views are throughout the desert and to be perfectly honest, like nothing I have ever seen as a girl who has spent her entire life on the East coast. I began to realize that I seemed to have been in this environment before, but that is impossible considering I live nowhere close to a desert. And then it hits me…the connection I have been missing the whole time…Walt Disney World (WDW)!
Obviously the rock work at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was where my thoughts were headed. It was at this point that the true idea of theming came full circle for me. I had never experienced something so different from what I was used to, and yet I had a feel for the land before I ever saw it and it was all tied to my trips to Disney and countless rides on Big Thunder Mountain. I’d have to say it made my appreciation for the details even greater (if that is possible).
I write this post because I thought it was amazing that my mind can never travel too far without making some Disney connection, even in the desert! So I wonder if any of you have had similar experiences in the past. Has there been a place you have visited that reminded you of the amazing theming found at WDW? I’d love to hear your thoughts about this topic! Please feel free to comment below or as always you can follow along on Twitter @Disneydiamondz!Share