“The idea of … is a simple one. It will be a place for people to find happiness and knowledge. It will be a place for parents and children to share pleasant times in one another’s company: a place for teachers and pupils to discover greater ways of understanding and education. Here the older generation can recapture the nostalgia of days gone by, and the younger generation can savour the challenge of the future.”*
I left out one word: Disneyland. This is Walt Disney’s 1953 pitch to potential financial backers for his first theme park.
Disney’s dream includes a picture or story of what would happen in this park. Behind it lay his own dissatisfaction with existing amusement parks which lacked a coherent story.
On reading this, I found myself reflecting on my own dissatisfaction with the dearth of opportunities people have to connect to and pursue what really matters to them and that can make a difference to others.
My dream is a simple one. It is for there to be a place where people can come to know their deep creativity and how much they have to give. It will be a place for anyone, regardless of their past or background or identity has another opportunity to shape an opening and deepening life which embraces both themselves and others.
Creativity, generosity, enjoyment.
“I just thought, in order to make a difference, something needed to be done. I wanted to have an impact. I wanted to create something substantially better than what came before.”**