As we enter an unprecedented time, in our generation, social distancing has changed the very fabric of our lives. A quick search for Disneyland Parks on Youtube reveals a generation of people who Vlog their plans, trips and even their souvenir hauls. The impact of closing Disneyland Paris and Disney Parks around the world is felt by people, far and wide.
A trip to Disneyland Paris is not just a holiday, for many it is what justifies those long sometimes unhappy hours at work. A trip to Disneyland Paris is not just a jolley, for many it is months of saving every penny, turning down luxuries in the hope of a wondrous few days. Disneyland Paris is not just a theme park, for many it is the escape they need from the mental exhaustion of daily life.
So, at a time, when the Covid-19 situation is a matter of life or death, it would be easy to point at those tweets of disappointment, posts about cancelled trips or the Vlogs that would have been and cast scorn at those who show sorrow for the closure of a theme park. Perhaps the doubters are correct, the recent days, weeks and months have shown that life is precious and the future is unknown.
Maybe the question should be, why have entertainment at all? As many argue over the amount of money spent on the health service being inadequate, we are a generation of people who don’t cry foul when Avengers Endgame cost roughly $350 million to make and an even more incredible $150 million to market worldwide. According to the PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association), the average salary of a Premier League football player is about £50,000 per week, thats over £2.5m per year. In perspective, these figures are sobering and in a crisis situation seem ridiculous to ever justify.
Those who subscribe to the Darwin theory of Evolution can show how humans have developed over time to survive in the world we live in. Opposable thumbs are easy to justify, however it is much harder to argue why humans need a sense of humour. Why do we seek out a sense of wonder and inspiration? Why does entertainment matter? Well, to quote the great man himself:
‘We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.‘ Walt Disney
The quest to entertain has brought about new technologies which in turn have had a profound bearing on the world. Some technologies are direct creations by Disney in their search to improve attractions, such as USB storage. These innovations have far-reaching impacts, inspiring creativity and confidence that the human race can overcome the most dire circumstances.
Although times seem dark, we believe in a ‘happily ever after’, inspired by those childhood dreams instilled within us. These dreams come from fairytale endings or, for me, it was that first glimpse of a castle at the end of Main Street. One of the greatest assets of our society is that we are people who believe anything is possible and nothing should be ignored just because it is hard to do. Those of us who frequent Disney Parks are true believers in another Walt quote:
‘It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.’
Disney has a way to inspire the best in us and at times like this, we need that spirit. Every Doctor, Nurse, Key Sector worker needs positivity to keep going in times of uncertainty. Those that watch vlogs and read blogs about happier times to escape the realities of the present need your help. To those of you questioning whether it seems trivial to write that blog, post that tweet or edit your Vlog, this is your call to arms:
Entertain the nation – Help them to Stay at home – Support your NHS – Save Lives
We all want to do our part to help others. Let’s support people in the best way we can – by making them smile. Disney parks may be closed but the spirit of Disney and the great community of bloggers and vloggers can live on in each and every one of us.
Stay Safe x