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In front of Cinderella Castle in WDW

This photo is directly in front of Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World. It is in millions of photos. Did you know that it is actually a compass?

Attention to detail.

Also did you know it is Cinderella Castle and not Cinderella’s Castle?

Just a little trivia.

Have a Flan-Tastic Day,

Donna Flanagin

Random me: Flustered right now. Need to shake that off before I start this beautiful day.

Attention to Detail

It will come as no surprise to most of you that I am a Disney fan.

One of the things I enjoy most on my trip is studying Disney’s attention to detail.

On my recent trip we stayed at the Boardwalk for the first time. On the first morning while sipping coffee on my balcony I noticed an employee leaf blowing the sidewalk. I also noticed that there were not that many leaves on the walk and wondered if Disney does this at all resorts. Staggering miles of walks to maintain.

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On day two I again noticed an employee leaf blowing, but this time I noticed something special. As two guests approached, the employee turned off the blower, stepped aside to let the guests pass and then resumed her duties.

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On day three I was greeted with a truck, generator and two employees. Now I have to admit that it was quite noisy but this one blew my mind. This day they were scrubbing the walks with a hand-operated floor type scrubber. As you can see in the picture, it was clearly making a difference.

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Disney’s attention to detail is astounding.

Have a Flan-tastic Day and pay attention to detail around you. It can change your perspective.

Donna Flanagin

Random me: I am the Fairy GladMother in the Popcorn Parade. Shhhh…don’t tell the children.

Hidden History #19- The Glasses

My mother’s glasses

In yesterday’s blog I talked about the book “Inez” on the park bench.

Casually placed on the book you’ll find a pair of reading glasses.

My mother was an avid reader, and these were her glasses.

The “reader” is gone but not the memories.

Click here to see Hidden History #20

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service

Random me:  childhood memory – watching movies in grade school and struggling to keep my eyes open. They seemed so boring at the time.

Hidden History #13 Sealed with an “F”

Sealed with a Kiss

The letter at the post office is sealed with a wax seal.

In Medieval Times, betrothals were prearranged-therefore true words of love were secretly written and the envelope’s contents secured by a wax seal, so that the recipient could be assured that their passion would be unknown to others.

As literacy increased, seals were used less frequently and with the introduction of the gummed envelope in the 19th Century the need for privacy was reduced. Seals became a more personal expression as well as a decorative embellishment.

Click here to read about the history of wax sealing.

This particular wax seal is an “F”, (hidden detail).

The seal was a gift the year I was married – 1972 (hidden history)

Click here for Hidden History #14

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service

Random me: New things are always brewing.

Hidden History #12 – 8mm Childhood Memories

Not just any movie reel, this one held our memories.

I am grateful my dad took movies of my childhood.

Didn’t (at the time) realize their importance.

The 8mm film has long since been converted to DVD.

The original movie reels have been converted to hidden history #12

Click here for Hidden History #13

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service

Random me: Love to vacation in the tropics.

Hidden History #11 The Toy Pickup Truck

1937 Pickup replica

Among the items for sale in the general store window is a child’s toy pickup truck.  

Complete with door decals of Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service’s logo. (attention to detail)

The hidden history is that it represents the truck that our business uses in the annual Valparaiso Popcorn Festival Parade.

2011

2010

2009

2006 We’ve come a long way since then.

 

Click Here for Hidden History #12

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service

Random me:  I feel like time is flying by.

Hidden History #10 Spot of Tea Anyone?

Not just any tea-cup.

Nestled in the bakery window is a tea-cup and saucer.

This actually belonged to my Grandma Johnson.  I never had the privilege of meeting her, she died before I was born.

I estimate it to be at least 80+ years old or more.

To the customer, it’s just a tea-cup. To us it is a part of history.

Click here for Hidden History #11

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service

Random me:  I feel more creative the older I get.  Is that possible?

Hidden History #3 The Bird Nest

  

A bird’s nest with 3 eggs

Nestled under the roof of the Railway Station is a real bird’s nest. 

Inside are three blue eggs representing the core of our business.

My daughters Erica George and Monica Decker and myself.

Click here for Hidden History #4

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service (click here)

Random me:  I struggle daily with balancing work and family.

Pardon our construction

Pardon our construction

 

We do not have a very big reception area so there didn’t seem to be much we could do to remodel except paint, hang some pictures and keep it neat and clean. Nothing out of the ordinary.

I was frustrated with that.  What could we do with a small area that would make it different?  A place that was not like every other business in town.

We did not start with the complete vision, things just began to evolve.

First the wall, then the awnings and then the lamp-post.  It began to take on an outdoor feel indoor.

~~ It takes a village to raise a child. ~~

At Flanagin’s it takes a child to build a village.

Are you with me?

Tomorrow,  the idea comes to life.

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Random me:  I enjoy resale shops and garage sales. 

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