Why 30 years at Disney, not 40?

Disney Institute speaker retirement party
Love the juxtaposition of real photo and the reflection of the real photo. Got a photo of me taking a photo of me.

Why 30 years at Disney, not 40?

Simple.

Our son was about to enter High School.

Disney Institute (DI) was requiring (expecting) more frequent travel, to more distant locations, for longer durations.

Didn’t want to wake up in four years and our Son’s life launches him on a trajectory (like me when i graduated HS) whereby he never returns home to live.

Note: Could have transferred out of DI Delivery Operations and secured a position back in Hotel Ops. Could have stayed the 40 years at Disney and retired in 2024.

Turns out, was born to teach but never knew it until 1999, at age 40.

Turns out, was born to be a ship captain not a deck hand.

Turns out, was willing to “burn the ships” to ensure what roughly 3-5% succeed at – building a sustainable, long-term enterprise.

Hidden track: The Disney layoffs from the 2008-09 Great Recession were the catalyst for considering what a Plan B looks like.

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Disney career last day

Lifetime Disney Cast Member Jeff Noel
My last day began in the dark. West Clock 7am. October 31, 2014. Halloween. Pretty scary.

If your goal isn’t impossible, you’re not reaching high enough.

dad

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Disney retirement kicks in today

Todrick Hall and Cheryl Noell
Todrick Hall on the World-Premiere day of Disneyland’s Magic Happens parade.

Disney retirement kicks in today.

What?

Cheryl has had the equivalent of a two-week vacation since her official Disney retirement.

Yesterday began week three of Disney retirement. This means we’ll start feeling the reality of this permanent change. Why? Because a three-week vacation is not something we are used to.

We will create, maintain, and improve a new normal…

Guessing today is the day we go to the Apple store to shop for a Mac. It’s the tool she wants to use to help me create small business Magic.

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Look both ways before crossing

Magic Happens Disneyland
World premier of Magic Happens parade at Disneyland a few days ago.

Look both ways before crossing.

So many ways to read that first sentence.

  • From the photo above
  • From Cheryl’s recent Disney retirement
  • From what’s fun and what’s not

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Ground control to Major Tom

ariel view of LAX airport
Ariel view of LAX airport. My devices listed.
LAX airport
Close up.

Easy peasy travel day from Disneyland to Walt Disney World.

As it should be. 

No California traffic 7-8AM Sunday morning. We owned the freeways. 

Delta non-stop West to East is only 4.5 hours.  

Uber home from airport.

Great to be traveling with a colleague.

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