While at Disney World we were constantly comparing the resort to Disneyland.
The layout of the Magic Kingdom at Disney World is slightly different. Different ride, different amounts of open space, and different general organization.
The fact that there are differences isn’t that surprising. The amount of space and the working conditions were different in 1970’s Florida than 1950’s California so the parks ended up being different. And now you’re thinking, “How many times can this man squeeze the word different into this post?”
What’s surprising is how different the park guests are.
In Disneyland most of the people are Caucasian, Asian, or Latino in race and mostly American in culture.
Definitely not the case in Disney World.
The people are a lot more diverse and they come from all over the world! Makes sense given the name of the resort, but I’m still surprised.
There are people from Scandinavian countries, Germanic countries, Asian countries, South/Central America, and India. I’m less than specific because I can’t recognize the other guests nationality easily from hearing a language I can’t understand, but I can get close.
One of the larger groups of people in Disney World are the high school Brazilian tour groups.
Groups of about a hundred are all over the resort.
They’re super excited too. They sing songs while in line and occasionally run between rides so they can catch more fun before going back home.
Another highlight in my memory of foreigners in Disney World was when my wife and I were in line for the Snow White and the Seven Dwarves Mine Train ride in front of an English family.
A father was taking his tween son and daughter on vacation and the son just couldn’t handle the Florida weather.
“It’s awful hot, Dad. They don’t have weather like this in England do they, Dad?”
“No we have the four seasons there. They don’t have so many here.”
“But it sure is hot.”
And some continuing variation on that between the son and his sister or his dad in English accents for the hour and a half we were in line.
At one point my wife and I looked at each other and couldn’t help laughing at how ridiculous the son was being. The father definitely noticed our reaction and he was definitely embarrassed.
His children remained oblivious.