Monday, February 11, 2008

Walt being Walt...

Jim Hill posted a small article the other day that caught my eye. The title of the post wasThe Story Walt did not Want You to Hear.’ My first reaction was, uh oh, now what. Based on the title it can’t be good. But I was very wrong. Jim shared a story revealed by Richard Collier of how months before Disneyland had opened Walt had granted what can be called the very first Disney Magic Moment. A 10 year old boy’s mom had written to Walt about how excited she and her son were to hear about the plans for Disneyland. They watched Walt every week on his tv show. Unfortuantley her son had a terminal disease and would not live to see the opening of the park and was there any way her son could see what they had finished. I was still wary based on the this posts title, but for no reason. The boy and mom came out and Walt spent the entire afternoon with him riding the train and talking about his plans for the park. It seems that Walt had made a very definite appeal to all who were there that day that there were to be no pictures or stories about his to get out. It was for the boy and that’s it. Even just reading back over what I have written makes my eyes moisten up. It always feels good to see Walt be who we think he was. Thanks for the post Jim!

1 comment:

AlphabetSoup said...

What a great story! I hope it is true. It made me smile imaginging it. Thanks for passing it on.