Friday, July 22, 2011

Age quod agis

The Bootstrappers, Disneyland's pirate band, with their version of "Whiskey in the Jar."

Age quod agis = "Do what you do."  Nobody has learned this better than Disney.  Amidst all the crowds and long lines, it's still fundamentally amazing that thousands of people put this show on, all of them dedicated to making your individual experience there as enjoyable as possible.  Wherever you go in the parks -- and we gamely tried to do everything in two days -- everyone there is pulling together. 

For young children and the ones who never quite grow up, it's simply magical.  Quarta had a birthday button because her 9th birthday is coming up tomorrow -- everywhere she passed, park staff were wishing her a happy birthday.  Tertia's favorite princess of all time is Cinderella -- when Cinderella and Snow White passed by on their way to an important date, Tertia gazed up in total love and Cinderella caught her hand and smiled at her and greeted her briefly.  She'll remember that forever as when she met the real Cinderella.  For those of us who are older and a little more cynical, we still get a great deal of enjoyment from trying to figure out how it all works.  And maybe, we are able to get a little closer back to seeing the world as a child sees it.

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