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Walt Disney World: Entertaining and Delighting an Audience

If you’ve read my last blog post about Disney, then you know I loved taking a trip to Walt Disney World last year. What I failed to mention there, though, is the entertainment value of each of their parks.

Disney’s parks are so thrilling — there is something exciting at every single one of them. I also realized that there are a bunch of promo items that would come in handy when taking a trip to Disney World; so while I break down the appeal of each park, I will mention which promo item will be the most appropriate for that experience. Sound good?

The Magic Kingdom:

The Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom is the oldest park at Disney World, but it hasn’t lost any of its appeal over the years. It’s still as unique and inviting as ever! It is definitely geared more toward children, but parents will love seeing their children happy while they’re there. From Cinderella’s Castle to rides that go along with popular Disney movies, kids just cannot get enough. There are parades and small shows put on as well.

However, one of the coolest things about this classic park is the star power; this is where guests can find and meet their favorite Disney characters!

Must-Have Promo Item for Magic Kingdom: A notebook with a pen. The children love standing in line and waiting to get the characters’ autographs, so keeping them organized in one journal will really make them happy!

Animal Kingdom:

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom is the newest park, and it attracts guests of all ages and genders. It is full of wild animals (guests can even pet some of them), and much of its decor involves Disney movies that feature animals. There are many rides to experience and there are also walks and hikes you can go on with an Animal Kingdom employee — they will show you a huge variety of animals that you never thought you would get to see. They also have performances about animals, and one that shows nearly 20 species of birds!

Must-Have Promo Item for Animal Kingdom: Hand Sanitizer. On a trip where you get to see and touch animals, it’s a good idea to stay as germ-free as possible. Even though Disney is known for being a clean park, you never really know what germs you are collecting when it comes to wild animals! Hand sanitizer would come in handy for parents who worry a lot.

Hollywood Studios:

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios is one of my favorite places at Walt Disney World. Its attractions entertain both children and adults (although, be warned, because some of the rides you will find here are kind of intense). Adults will have a blast on thrill rides like the Aerosmith ride — that one will take your breath away. However, Disney still markets to a big demographic at this park by offering numerous shows and audience-participation performances, some that you have to pay for and others that you can enjoy for free. There are Broadway-style musicals, stunt performances, and visually-interesting parades. They also have rides that show interesting points of the Disney movie-making industry.

Must-Have Promo Item for Hollywood Studios: Candy Packets. Everyone likes sweets, especially while watching a movie or show. Pass these out to family and friends so they have something to snack on during the performance. After a day of walking around among the chaos, relaxing and snacking will make the Disney guests happy!

Epcot:

Epcot

Epcot

Epcot is probably the most interesting park Disney has. I feel like this park is geared to adults, but children won’t be bored here either! The World Showcase is the coolest offering at Epcot. They have 11 different countries around this park that show off their culture characteristics. These 11 countries include: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, United States, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, and Canada. At each of these different countries, guests will learn about diverse cultures and explore. Guests can try food from each of these countries, and of-age patrons can also try the signature alcoholic beverage (each country has their own beer and a unique drink of their own). This is another time where handing out the notebook with a pen may be beneficial, because some people might want to jot down some of the amazing recipes.

Each of the different countries also has their own shops, where visitors can buy souvenirs to remember this part of the trip. Epcot has a few exciting rides to go on as well, and small live performances are scattered throughout.

Must-Have Promo Item for Epcot: For guests leaving the park, Tylenol Pocket Packs are the way to go. After trying various kinds of alcohol and food, as well as going on rides, some guests may have a bit of a headache or stomach ache.

There are many other promo items that would come in handy for a Disney trip in general: If it looks like it will rain, don’t forget an umbrella or poncho. Or, if it is going to be really sunny outside, make sure you’re safe with some sunblock (or maybe a sunblock attached to a carabiner). Key chains, picture frames, and magnets are inexpensive products that’ll help you remember the amazing trip.

Regardless of your age, gender, or interests, there’s plenty to do at Walt Disney World. Brands rarely entertain audiences as well as Disney does, so take a page or two from their book if you need to mix up the way you market to customers!

What’s your favorite WDW park? Have you been to any of the countries at Epcot? How else does Disney attract and entertain guests?

Image credit to Dawn Ashley, HarshLight, andy castro, ajsadeh, and mrkathika.


Jaimie Smith

Jaimie is in the online order department at Quality Logo Products. When she is not working, she enjoys hanging out with her family and friends. She laughs at pretty much anything and everything. She enjoys being outside, especially when on a lake or near a pool. Two of her favorite things are tanning and boating. She believes that life should be lived to its fullest so she always likes to have a good time! You can also connect with Jaimie on Google+.

Comments

  1. Rachel

    These are all great promo suggestions, Jaimie! I would add that, if you bring a notebook and pen for character autographs, to be sure to carry a jumbo pen with you, since most character costumes involve large, clumsy fingers/paws. :)

    My answer to “What’s your favorite WDW park” always changes. I think I’d pick Hollywood Studios these days. Or maybe Magic Kingdom. The countries at Epcot are also lots of fun. Let’s face it — I love all the parks! :)

    Also, I just realized I was in Disney World a year ago this week. Now I really really want to go back …

  2. Mandy Kilinskis

    Hollywood Studios is my favorite park because that’s where the best rides are. If you’re looking for thrills, then there’s not much better than the Tower of Terror or Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. And the Great Movie Ride is just a must.

    Epcot is a second favorite because you’re essentially getting two parks in one: Future World AND World Showcase. Future World’s technology-themed rides and attractions are truly interesting, and inspire guests of all ages. And World Showcase is a great way to experience other cultures if you don’t have the inclination or means to travel abroad. I think it’s awesome that Disney only hires workers from the original countries – that’s attention to detail.

    I do have one criticism: “The children love standing in line and waiting to get the characters’ autographs” — what about the young adults that want to get signatures? ;)

    • Eric

      HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS. YES.

      It doesn’t entail any sort of “ride” at all, but the car stunt show was – easily – my favorite part of the park. Call it being a red-blooded, twenty-something male, but man…the only thing I didn’t like was seeing the “Indiana Jones” stunt show later in the day, and laughing at how much it paled in comparison.

      I’d write more, but…

  3. Jeff Porretto

    The only one I haven’t been too is the only one I really wanted to… Animal Kingdom. But when you go with a group, you go where the group goes I guess…

    More excellent feedback Jaimie!

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      Or you say, “Forget you, group!” and do what you want.

    • Rachel

      I’ve never been a huge fan of Animal Kingdom … but then again, I’m not a big outdoorsy person, so your mileage may vary. :) There are about 4 attractions there worth experiencing (Expedition Everest, Dinosaur, the safari, and Kali River Rapids if you like getting soaked to the bone), but otherwise you better like nature trails. Long story short, I personally do not think you missed too much by not going to Animal Kingdom. But that’s just me. :)

      /my two cents

    • Candice J.

      I’ve been to animal kingdom and loved it!!! But then again I pretty much love all amusement parks!

  4. Cybernetic SAM

    I really should go here again. Thanks this was a really informative post!!!!

  5. Jill Tooley

    Epcot has been my favorite park ever since I was a kid (I loved educational things even back then), and the World Showcase is BY FAR my favorite thing as an adult. I could spend all day there! My parents and I saw a pretty good Beatles cover band in the United Kingdom section — it was so cool to sit down with a beer and watch “The Beatles” in that setting. I felt like I’d been catapulted to another time! :)

    Fun fact: That year, I also got to ride Expedition Everest in Animal Kingdom before it was open to the public! It’s the best ride there, in my opinion. And that’s saying a lot! I felt so privileged, and it still gets me talking about my Disney experience 6 years later!

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  7. Candice J.

    I LOVE Walt Disney and Disney World or Disney Land. I’ve been to both and they are just amazing. I really look forward to taking my daughter next year and experiencing it all over again through her eyes. Great post!!

  8. Jen

    These posts have brought back so many amazing memories from when I vacationed there in 2005. I went to Walt Disney Land in 2009, but it’s just not the same as Disney World. I really want to visit Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom again. Hopefully I can talk my fiance into going for our belated honeymoon next year, and we can take you advice and bring along some of your great promo suggestions. Nice posts Jaimie, they were very informative and captivating!

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