This week we were asked to think of 2 sequenced lesson plans and create a writing assignment. The assignment had to relate to something around your family, classroom, or life experience. It is my hope that the prompt would be fun for the students while still aligning with the curriculum.
You have the opportunity to travel in a time machine to meet and interview someone you feel contributed to an important personal, family, or life experience. Please share a brief introduction paragraph describing this experience.. First identify the name of the person and the date you are travelling back to. Then write out questions you will ask this person, and document their answers based on your research.
Day 1 :
Brainstorming, researching, and pre-writing
I loved going to Disney World in Florida for a family vacation. It was so busy there, and so many people had their whole families with them. We went on a bunch of rides. My favorite thing was meeting all of the princesses. I even ate dinner in Cinderella’s castle. My dad’s favorite princess at dinner was Jasmine. That made my mom angry. It was the best vacation I’ve ever had.
Final response to prompt:
Name of person: Roy Disney (brother of Walt)
How did you come up with the idea to create the Walt Disney World Resort?
Walt’s original idea was developed with his two daughters in mind. The vision was a place where families could go and have fun together. This is how the Disneyland in California came to be. Because Disneyland in California had been open since 1959, my brother had data that showed almost 75% of the population who would visit was located east of the Mississippi. The idea to expand was so we could reach a larger population.
How did you decide on Florida for the location?
Knowing that 75% of the tourists were east of the Mississippi helped him to know he should look east of this river. He was flying over many various potential locations. One day in 1963, he went over an area in Florida where he could see from the airplane that there were well-developed roads and even an interstate and a turnpike. It was then that he knew this area would be easily accessible for traveling families.
Did you ever imagine that Walt Disney would become a household name, not only in the United States but also around the world?
When we had this idea to expand the Disney name into another location, we knew it was going to be big. During the development of the land, there were many companies involved just during the purchase. The Disneyland location was wildly successful when it opened in 1955, it’s first year. We saw 1 million visitors come through. By the time we opened DisneyWorld, we had over 9 million guests.
Do you have any regrets?
I regret that Walt did not live long enough to see his dreams come to fruition. He would have loved to be here to cut the ribbon during the opening day ceremony. Although this may sound funny to you from the future, Walt had difficulty funding the original Disneyland project in California. If I had to say a regret for Walt, it would be not starting this project sooner!