Have you ever been at a theme park and thought of a service that would be great to have, but knew down deep it’s never going to happen?
Recently, some friends and I were walking past The World of Color viewing area. The show was starting in 15 minutes but we didn’t have reservations for any of the viewing areas. We asked a Cast Member named Dean to recommend a place to view the show under our circumstance. Dean did us a solid. He placed us in what I assume is an overflow standing area for companions of guests traveling in wheelchairs. I’d never been in such a fantastic place to see the show. There were fewer than a dozen people in the space that could have easily held another 20. As the lights went down all of people in our cozy little nook held up cellphones to record the show. One was even filming (I swear on my first edition copy of *Walt Disney's EPCOT Center: Creating the New World of Tomorrow* by Richard R. Beard) on a Motorola RAZR MAXX VE flip phone; our perfect view now blocked by bright LCD screens.
That really long set up is the basis for this post. I want to pose a question to you all. What REALISTIC (that’s the key word in all of this) service do you wish was offered in your favorite theme park? Here is mine:
How great would it be if during the preshow announcements the usual, “Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, in just 15 minutes… blah-blah-blah…” announcement they also stated the following – “For the enjoyment of everyone, the show you are about to see has been professionally filmed and is available for you to view for free on our website anytime you wish. So we now invite you to put your cameras away and simply enjoy experiencing [the name of show] with your friends and loved one.”
I know that is NEVER going to happen, but wouldn’t it be great? Wouldn’t it be amazing to see people in the moment enjoying the show and not worrying about getting the shot? Sure, parents will always want to film their kid’s reactions to the show, but there wouldn’t be a need to capture the entire performance –thus wrecking the view – If the park provided and promoted official and professionally filmed versions of the spectaculars and parades on-line.
So – the topic is realistic and no-chance-in-hell-it-is-ever-going-to-happen services you wish the parks offered. What’s on your wish list?
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