Friday, 28 March 2008

Windows on Main Street

To continue looking at the secrets of Disneyland Paris, let's look at some of the windows that are on Main Street USA. I'm just going to look at a couple of them today - but they are a couple of important ones.

The first ones I'm going to look at can be seen on the left-hand side of the Street as you walk towards the castle, above the entrance to the gift shop (Emporium). "Main Street Marching Band. Leading the Parade since 1884. Michael Eisner. Frank Wells." Of course, both of these names will be recognisable to Disney fans all over the world - and both played a very important part in the creation of Disneyland Paris. Some would say they even helped to lead 'the parade'...

Michael Eisner was CEO at the time Disneyland Paris opened, and had been instrumental in the building of the park and the attractions. He especially took interest in the landscaping and scenery. Whilst the park lost Disney a lot of money back in the 90s and early 00s, there is no denying how beautiful Parc Disneyland has turned out. We all know that Eisner thought very highly of himself, and compared himself to Walt Disney, so it's no surprise that he would have a prominent window in Main Street USA.

Frank Wells worked alongside Eisner as President and Chief Operating Officer during his most successful years. Wells was a great advocate of the Euro Disney project, helping to increase the "Company's international presence". Unfortunately, Wells died on April 3rd 1994 in a helicopter crash, meaning he would never get to see the turnaround of Parc Disneyland. But he will have a lifelong presence in that Parc, thanks to his window...

Another important window is shown above - and this is probably my favourite in the Parc: "Two Brothers Inc. 'Dreamers and Doers' If We Can Dream It We Can Do It. Roy O. Disney, Walt E. Disney. Founders and Partners." Even just looking at the picture brings goosebumps to me and a tear to my eye.
Of course, the window is dedicated to the men that started the Disney theme parks and the Disney Company - Walt and his brother, Roy. This window is on the right-hand side of Main Street USA, above the Sweetie Shop and across the street from Eisner & Wells' window - and it is pretty self explanatory. We all understand the importance of the Two Brothers, and I love the line 'Dreamers and Doers'. I think it sums up the Disney's magnificently - and I think it's a great motto to aspire to in our own lives.

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