As a therapist, one thing I've noticed about so many people (sometimes myself included) is that we are too busy and too stressed out to really experience anything. What do you think of when I say the word "experience"? To me, to truly experience something is to take it all in with as many of your senses as possible. See it, hear it, touch it, taste it, smell it. Then use your senses to take all that information within yourself and create a memory or an experience. So often, we rush through our lives and miss out on some amazing experiences. One that we do this so often with is eating. How often do you eat on the run? My family does it way to much. We are in a hurry to get somewhere or move on to the next thing on our agenda, so we grab a quick bite and really don't experience our food at all. Sometimes I think that if we did that more often, we would realize that what we eat in a rush isn't that good!
Disney truly gets the dining experience. If you take the time to have a sit down table service meal in a Disney park or resort, you will find that if you allow yourself to have the experience, it will create lasting memories. The sights, sounds, smells, texture and taste of the food is all enhanced by Disney magic as well as all the hard work of Imagineers who take the time to find a way to immerse you in your dining experience, just like they do in your park/ride experience.
Take for example our recent visit to the newly opened Via Napoli, in the Italian pavilion of Epcot's World Showcase. It is tucked into the back of the pavilion and looks like it has been there all along, even though it only opened late this year. The building is beautiful, with some amazing details both inside and out, including a gorgeous outdoor patio seating area. Inside you find beautiful decor and the amazing wood burning stoves used to prepare their wonderful pizza.
As Remy, from Disney & Pixar's Ratatouille suggests, I savored every bite, eating as slowly as possible and really taking it all in. And it was worth the time to have the experience.
There are so many amazing Disney dining experiences, and I will definitely share more with you in future posts, particularly when talking about how Disney nourishes the mind, body and spirit.
So do you have a favorite dining experience? If so, please share in the comments. Thanks for reading and don't forget to take the time to experience your life!