Disney is the happiest place on Earth and Sunday night was no different. The park closed its doors at 6 p.m. to the public and opened one hour later to the attendees of IPW 2015. The guests were greeted by rows of cast members offering Mickey high-fives (well, high fours) and hellos. The evening was filled with what appeared to be an endless supply of delectable bites and beverages and little to no wait for the park’s favorite attractions. I watched in delight as adults skipped through the park like carefree children, taking photos with their favorite characters and enjoying tea parties with Alice in Wonderland. Yes, there was a tea party. And if that were not enough, each guest also received a photo pass offering free downloads to all of the professional photos taken during the event.
As the night came to an end each person was handed a pair of light-up Mickey ears and directed toward Main Street for the evening finale. IPW attendees from more than 70 countries around the world waited in eager anticipation for the light and fireworks show above Cinderella’s castle to begin. The clock struck 10 and the first lights danced across the castle. The guests shrieked in delight as the light-up Mickey ears also came to life. They were synchronized to the music!
We often use the phrase “surprise and delight” at our company. Tonight we learned from the best. Disney truly is first in its class when it comes to creating a magical experience. It is, after all, the happiest place on earth.