In my last post, I admitted my awe and love for everything Disney. It’s mostly because they give you an experience you don’t want to forget! Well few months ago, I got to experience something new at Disneyland. As we were walking back to Main Street, we saw a crowd of people gathered around the Astro Orbiter. I just assumed that it was just bunch of people walking in massive crowd. What we came upon was a cast member dressed all in white holding a broom stick. The head of the broom was all taped up. My friend told me that he was probably a broom artist. A broom artist? What’s that???
When we got closer, I saw that pink and lavender rose petals were on the ground in a specific formation. There were lots of people trying to take photos. Once I made my way to the bottom, I saw that the rose petals were swept in the outline of Mickey holding balloons. It just made everyone “oooh & aaah.”
Seriously Disney? How do you manage to always come up with new experiences for people? There will be tons of people who visit Disneyland that will never get to experience broom art. However, for those that do, I bet they wouldn’t easily forget it. Disneyland is already deemed the happiest place on earth. They didn’t have to do another thing on the side to make this place feel better. But they did… they added another WOW to the experience. It seems so little, but it really wow-ed people.
My thought that evening… do we offer WOW experiences to our kids and parents that come to our church week after week? It’s not that we have to do something magical every week… but it’s in the way we interact with kids and parents. It’s in the way we welcome them. It’s in the way we talk with them. It’s in the way we show our love and care to them. One parent told me that his daughter and son liked our church because we sent them postcards addressed to the kids, and they had never received postcards before. Are we offering the type of experience that makes parents say “you didn’t have to…” to which we say “we wanted to”?