You know, I got to the park today just minutes after rope drop. I was in line at the entry waiting to get in, and there was a family in front of me who obviously had never been there before, because the little boy said, "Look. There's a train over there." And the mother replied, "Hmm. It must take you throughout the park." I know, I know... It's like, "duh" but in fact I was really impressed that I was witnessing someone's very first trip to Disneyland and I followed them into the park to observe their reactions.
It turns out they were like any other guests you see every day, nothing too extraordinary. (Although the little boy pointed to the Matterhorn and said, "Look. There's the Matterhorn!")
But what impressed me the most were all the CM's in the middle of Main Street welcoming everyone that walked by, and shaking the guests hands as they made their way up main street. I actually got teared up knowing that these people who had never been there before must have gotten such a positive first impression of the place because the CM's actually cared to greet them as they walked by. And it wasn't lip service. It really was genuine.
This was a really nice experience and I want to thank all the CM's for helping give DL a good image and to start every guest's day off on the perfect note. There is a lot of magic in the simple act of walking onto Main Street, but the CM's work hard to make it all work. Thank you!