10 Outstanding Hacks About Disney That You Can Instantly Use.

Disney World opened in 1971, five years after Walt Disney died in 1966.

At the opening, someone said ” It’s too bad he wasn’t here to see it.” A reporter who spent time with Walt Disney replied ” He saw it before any of us ever did.”

I’m a strategies and tactics hound, I love inside information.

Here’s 10 Outstanding Hacks About Disney. 

1. Smells & Tunes

As you enter Disney World, you may slightly notice smells, In the morning, the smells pumped out on main street are vanilla. Throughout the day, the smells change to popcorn. The music in the morning is upbeat and lively. During the evening, the music is much more somber and calming…. As you leave Magic Kingdom, you’ll get an urge to buy something!

HACK: If you want to avoid the crowd at the end of the day, the stores on the right are all connected, breeze through there to leave.

2. Ask a Cast Member

Everyone is a cast member, and there isn’t much better customer service in the world than Disney. Here’s proof. If you ask any cast member for directions, they don’t point and tell you, they will walk you to where you want to go.  I test it by asking cast members who are sweeping the streets or cleaning up.

3. Trashcans

Walt Disney designed closed trashcans so the bad smells didn’t escape. They all have two sides on them so someone can use it walking in both directions. Also, he researched how long it took people to finish their food while walking. If you check, trashcans are 30-40 feet away from each other.

4. Eats

At Magic Kingdom, eat at Liberty Tavern, It’s an all-you can eat family style dinning. Eat a late lunch, and you’ll be satisfied all day. Ask for servers Chris or Selina.

Want some character dining? Eat breakfast at the Crystal Palace. Desire Mickey & Minnie and friends by eating an early dinner at Hollywood & Vine.

At HollyWood studios, make reservations at SciFi Dine In theatre.

5. Dinglehopper

During the Magic Kingdom festival of fantasy parade at 3:00, you’ll want to watch it in front of the Liberty Tavern. (eat and walk out front). Take a fork outside with you, when Ariel goes by, if you show her your “dinglehopper”, she’ll take hers out and wave it back to you!

6. Gaston

Outside of Gaston’s place in Magic Kingdom, challenge him to push-ups and he’ll drop and go! One of my favorites. He’ll bust out one handed push-ups though.

7. Tower of Terror

There become two lines at the Tower of Terror, when it splits near the ride entrance, go straight! You’ll get an extra drop! This is one of my favorite 10 outstanding hacks about Disney. Who doesn’t love more ride?

8. Best Ride Ever

Toy Story Mania. end of story! Fast Pass this ride early and ride it often. Waits are 90 minutes later in day for a reason! Youtube it on scoring secrets.

9. The Lion at Animal Kingdom

My man, Coach Bru told me about this one. He asked “was the lion on the rock during the safari at Animal Kingdom?”  It was! The rock is climate cooled! Cool in the summer and warm in the winter so everyone will most likely see the lion.

10. Fantasmic

Don’t miss this show! Eat at Minnie’s Hollywood & Vine and you’ll also get seating in the center of the show. No need to wait for seats off to the side.

Hope you enjoyed these 10 outstanding hacks about Disney. Can you share some of yours?

Dr. Rob Bell is a Sport Psychology Coach. His company DRB & associates is based in Indianapolis.  Some clients have included: Indy Eleven, University of Notre Dame, Marriott, and Walgreens. Check out all the books on Mental Toughness 

second wind in life

How to Get Your Second Wind In Life

When I was training for one of my marathons, I HAD to get my run in late one evening. 

It was dark, I was tired. I wanted to rest, but I went anyway. 

I’m so thankful I did!

I ran 5 miles and I experienced the runner’s high.  It’s like jumping out of an airplane, it’s tough to describe. I was moving so quickly, so effortlessly, and so fast. I was overcome with so many feel good emotions that I almost cried. It was the best feeling in the world and one I can still remember today!

After 15 years of running, I’ve had great runs of course, but hitting the runner’s high is special, like an eclipse, it happens only ever so often.

I’ve experienced the greatest phenomenon twice. Just twice!

On the other shoe, almost every run I currently do, I rely on my 2nd wind… In the first 800 meters or mile, I am slow, heavy, and my breathing is labored!  I actually start to wonder, what’s the matter?

Before you get your second wind, there’s a little bit of panic, anxiety, stress, and discomfort.

Soon though, our next burst kicks in.

In everyday life, we rarely operate in the space where EVERYTHING just flows perfectly and doves fly around when we enter the room and the trumpets roar!

Nah, it’s a struggle. We are training, preparing, and focusing on the details on our craft. We are advised to EMBRACE THE SUCK!  The suck is the farthest thing from a peak experience!

Here’s how to get your second wind.

1. Know Your Why-

If we are running and we start to walk, then walking becomes easier later on. If quitting is an option, then we take it. Quitting then becomes easier later on. We must know our own why! If we know our why, then we can come up with any how. It begins each day with a check-in with ourselves. What’s your goal? What’s your purpose? Who are you connecting with?

2. Don’t Stop- 

My wife was going to break 2 hrs for a 1/2 marathon. I was running with her, pacing. It was going to be close! On the very last slight up-hill, 300 yards from the finish, SHE STOPPED! I screamed at her to get going! She finished in 1:59:52.

No matter how bad something hurts in our life, there is an end point. Every workout ENDS! Every pain period we are going through will stop! Hard times do not come to stay, they come to pass!

Remember, even slow walkers arrive!

But, IF you STOP, then all bets are off. How often does someone start college, take a semester or year break, THEN comeback. RARE!

You have to keep moving to get your second wind!

3. Find Your Rhythm-

Everything has a rhythm!

Life has momentum!

In the court room, the best defense is to “object.” It gets the other lawyer off their rhythm! Tennis players go back to their towel, Baseball hitters step in & out of the box. All intended to get you off of your rhythm.

Find your rhythm, breath, get back to your routine. Breath, get back to your routine. Breath, reset, re-focus, get back to your routine. Oh yes, and breathe.

4. Patience- 

We want our second wind NOW. And sometimes we get it.

But, we just don’t know when it will come. We can’t know. All that is certain is that if we go through the motions, if we check-out, if we start looking for the exit, then, our next wind won’t happen!

I had an athlete tell me, “I can’t wait to be patient.”

I get it.

Patience a higher-order skill and one in which we do not practice today. I can guarantee you that your second wind is coming, if you just hang on long enough.

Dr. Rob Bell is a Sport Psychology Coach. His company DRB & associates is based in Indianapolis.  Some clients have included: Indy Eleven, University of Notre Dame, Marriott, and Walgreens. Check out all the books on Mental Toughness 

Mental Toughness is a Voicemail Away

One speaking event at my alma mater, Shepherd University, I made sure to invite my professor, Dr. Joe Merz. He made such an impact in my life. If not for him, then Sport Psychology and the passion I live out everyday would not have happened.

I received a voicemail from him after the event.

The voicemail was about a minute long and went in-depth about and what an amazing job I did and how proud and impressed he was. 

It felt good. I saved it. It built up my Mental Toughness. It’s still on my phone today.

That same week though, I probably left a dozen voicemail and text messages to various people. But, I could not begin to tell you what I said or wrote.

We can listen to all of our voicemail messages right now on our phone. But, we have no idea that messages we left during that same time.

Life is the same way.

We remember the most impactful people in our lives. But, we often have no idea the impact we made on someone else. We can’t know.

On a much simpler level, perhaps we remember the person who waved to us today or held the door. But, we don’t know the effect of our own kind gesture today.

We are literally and figuratively leaving voicemails all the time for people and it makes a difference, good or bad.

If we want to KEEP our mental toughness, we HAVE to give it away.

Every transaction we have with someone has the potential to be transformative. We can’t know who or what will be the hinge. People will remember how we made them feel even for an instant and it has the potential to connect them to someone else.

So are we intentional about our messages?

We give away what we possess ourselves. All of us has fired off an angry email or perhaps left a not-so-friendly voicemail. If we are filled with resentment, contempt, hatred, or lack of confidence, then that is the message of our transactions. It usually effects those closest to us as well. 

However, if we can be deliberate about leaving messages that are encouraging, positive, filled with confidence and hope, then a miracle occurs. We actually start to leave ourselves a message. If we act and behave in ways that are focused on others and building their own mental game, then we act our way into right thinking and our own mood and outlook changes.

That’s how Mental Toughness works. We have to give it away to keep it. 

Dr. Rob Bell is a Sport Psychology Coach. His company DRB & associates is based in Indianapolis.  Some clients have included: Indy Eleven, University of Notre Dame, Marriott, and Walgreens. Check out all the books on Mental Toughness