Sara Hardin

3 Things That Make Disneyland Successful

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Joshua and I took a vacation over Labor Day weekend. We had an extra day between a wedding reception and  our beach plans, so we decided to visit "the happiest place on Earth." I've never been to Disneyland. I was in awe. So were thousands of other people. Disneyland has been around for over half a century and is still full of people and frankly, it looks like it was built last week. How does that work?

R2-D2 as Mickey Mouse

1. Constant Innovation.

There is no question that Disneyland was innovative from its very beginning. Looking at the early plans for Disneyland, it was clear that there was nothing like it when it was realized. Still to this day, I don't think that there is any place quite like it. Rides are continuously reinvented, expanded and renovated. For instance, we rode on the Star Tours ride based on Star Wars. The initial ride that is now Star Tours was proposed in 1979 but did not open until 1987. Just this year, it was updated again. Josh and I were in awe. This ride was so innovative. No wonder people keep coming back for more! There is something to be said for companies that strive to be the best at what they do.


2. Happiness.

Everyone that I was in contact with who worked at Disneyland was happy. Everyone. The way that the owner and the employees of a business treat customers does make a difference.

Happy workers = Happy customers.


3. Creativity.

Not only are things innovative at Disneyland, but they are also creative. The way that they use space or create space is fascinating. The "out of the box" ideas for the scenery, costumes and rides are endless. Even their garden displays scream creativity.

"Walt Disney came up with the concept of Disneyland after visiting various amusement parks with his daughters in the 1930s and 1940s. He initially envisioned building a tourist attraction adjacent to his studios in Burbank to entertain fans who wished to visit; however, he soon realized that the proposed site was too small. After hiring a consultant to help determine an appropriate site for his project, Walt bought a 160-acre (65 ha) site near Anaheim in 1953. Construction began in 1954 and the park was unveiled during a special televised press event on July 17, 1955." - Wikipedia

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