Here You Leave Today

Hi and welcome to the first post of our first-ever Disney blog! I’m Niki, and I’ll be writing this blog along with my friend Jess. We’re both Disney freaks who thought this would be a great outlet for our Disney obsessing. But more on us later…

The title of this blog, “Here You Leave Today,” references the quote that is memorialized in plaques near the entrances of most of the Disney parks. The quote reads, “Here You Leave Today and Enter the World of Yesterday, Tomorrow and Fantasy.”

ImageWalt Disney World’s plaque, which hangs in the Magic Kingdom above the entrance tunnel (below Main Street Station).

 

I love this plaque so much, both for its sentimentality/history and the fact that it marks the point where you literally are transported from the real world into Disney World. Walt came up with this saying himself, which makes it that much more magical. It perfectly sums up the objective of the Disney parks and why people from all over the world visit them and love them so much.

ImageWalt’s rough draft (as seen at a D23 expo exhibit).

 

I knew that Disney World and Disneyland had these plaques, but until doing a bit of research, I didn’t know that they hang in Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland Paris as well.

ImageClockwise from top left: Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, & Disneyland Paris.

 

As you can see, the Paris plaque is a little different, reading: “Here you leave today and enter worlds of history, discovery and ageless fantasy.” Despite the changed wording, I’m partial to the Paris sign because of the awesome patina (I wish they would make more of the signage/theming at Disney World look authentically old like that).

So now that you know the story behind our blog title… check back with us soon for a more thorough introduction and tons of Disney musings, pics, and reviews. Thanks for reading!

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