Thursday, November 21, 2013

Reminiscing of a Dream

I know it has been a while since I have written. Things have been very busy with work, school, and life. I have also launched a new blog called “ An Ernest Traveler”, which is chronicling my journey to Africa this summer.

I felt compelled to write because of the recent passing of Diane Disney Miller. Now I know every blog, instagram, and twitter has paid their tribute—but I felt that I needed to share my brief interaction with her.

This blog has touched many lives and hopefully caused many to pursue their dreams. I never thought this blog would become what it is today, nor did I ever think that I was that great of a writer. However it was  Diane encouraged me to follow my dream of being a better writer and pursue publishing.

I first met Diane when I worked at the Grand and we had a very brief interaction. When she first approached me, I thought she was just a guest making small talk. I honestly had no idea who she was. I knew Walt had a daughter named Diane, but I didn’t know what she looked like. I  knew that she was charming and dedicated to preserving her father’s dream.

The main part I remember about the interaction was when she asked my favorite part about working at Disneyland. Without knowing who she was, “I told her it was creating a lasting memory for people and carrying on Walt’s dream”. I remember she smiled so gracefully at me and said, “Keep doing that… we need more like you”. As she turned to leave, another Cast Member ran up frantically congratulating me on speaking to one of Walt’s children. I felt stupid and humiliated, because I would have shook her hand and just said thank you. I mean, Disneyland inspired by her. Walt sat on a bench, watched her play, and had this dream of Disneyland. After that interaction, I never thought I would  get the chance to tell Diane thank you. 
So I write this post as a thank you to Diane. Thank you for inspiring Walt's Dream. I hope to one day to share these stories of the magic and continue the legacy. It's my dream to one get this blog published into a series of short stories about guest interactions. 

That dream is still alive and well, but on the backburner for this season of life. It will always live inside me until I hold Tales of a Disneyland Cast Member, the book in my hand.

Thank you Diane for encouraging and inspiring this dream. Rest in Peace.

Diane Disney Miller


  1. Thanks for sharing your personal story about Diane. It's really great to read that she wasn't clouded by her celebrity. It's so rare nowadays. I hope to see your book in print one day too. :)

  2. hello danielle, i stumbled upon your blog today as i was searching for disney-related information. i had just visited hong kong disneyland last week (my third park after Disneyland and Walt Disney World!) and am feeling inspired by all-things Disney. i read through your entire blog archive and i teared up a few times at your stories. thank you for penning them down and sharing them with us. i am looking forward to the publication of your book!


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