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Nov. 3, 2020

Walking Into Greatness with Bonnie Cribbs

Walking Into Greatness with Bonnie Cribbs

Bonnie Cribbs joins the show to inspire us and tell us his Disney Story. From Walking Into Greatness all the way to Mouse Maketplace, Bonnie inspired us and shared his incredible message of positivity and magic. You don't want to miss this episode with one of our favorite Disney Personalities for a special one hour episode. 

Transcript
Marc Valentine:

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Bonnie Cribbs:

Oh my goodness, Mark, what an introduction that thank you like, seriously, I'm so honored that you would have me come by and there's nothing more I like doing than talking Disney. So but when with it, when you send me you know, just the invitation and just said I want to talk Disney with you. Well, you know, that's fun. That's what I love doing. So let's do it.

Marc Valentine:

Thank you listen, and I've said this to other people. Before I've said it to Matt, I've said it to Melissa on the air. And I've said it to john, I want to say it to you because I wouldn't mean a lot. I want to tell you how inspiring you are to me in terms of your positivity and your energy that you send out to the members of your Facebook group for the love of Disney World. I've talked about your group now several times on several podcasts. But even before I wound up as a member, and I'm a member of for the love of Disney World, you made an impression on me in another Facebook group. And I was sad by the way that I saw people that they treated each other. And I was contemplating getting off of Facebook and Disney social media like all together I had sworn it off. And then I saw this man riding the peoplemover having the time of his life, talking about his love for Disney talking about his passion, and just sharing his joy and his elation. And it made me smile. And in that moment, I took stock of what Disney was all about again. And it kind of rejuvenated my spirit social media wise, but also like, just from a human aspect. And before I knew Bonnie cribs, like you really did make an impression on me. So when I had almost sworn off Facebook, I saw your group for the love of Disney World. And I was excited to see a familiar face and I joined and I have not been disappointed since. Thank you for the community you built but thank you for also for just sharing your joy with an unknown man sitting in Pennsylvania that really got a lot from your live and I know so many people do so thank you from me to you,

Bonnie Cribbs:

Mark that seriously means so much to me. And I mean that from from my heart like I don't take any of that for granted. I still don't get it so many times. I just don't. I don't get the impact that people receive. But I get it because I'm at Disney and I'm at a place with so many people want to be and all I'm doing is you know just through lives through videos and in stuff to show People, my love for Disney World, you know, my love for, for all things Disney and, and I know that that's a place that people come to with cherished memories with this nostalgia with these sentimental moments, you know. And even as I say that, you know, all of a sudden I'm seeing wishes pop up in the in the sky and, and me being there with my mom. And so I understand that Disney brings families together and people together in in ways that very few things do so so I get it just because I'm showing you. I'm filming them, you know, so in photographs of, of something that's so important to us, you know, and but but it just blows my mind that, that your story I just constantly hear. And I'm so honored by that. And it just keeps moving. I mean, it puts it puts a pep in my step to remind me to just keep doing it because I am helping people have a better day. Today. It's funny, you mentioned the people mover being the first place I was over at Magic Kingdom earlier today. And I did a live at the bottom of the people mover. And I just I just I am longing for those people mover or chats again to happen. I've changed it over to skyliner chats, but they're not quite the same, you know, just doesn't have that I love the skyliner. But it just doesn't have the same the same feel as the people mover chat. They won't let me just stay on and keep riding it right. But anyway, I that's so cool that that's where you got to see me from it's it's I'm honored by that.

Marc Valentine:

Well, let me say to you, as a fan of the people mover chats, we are all rooting for the return of that ride, if only to have some chats with you again. But I know that our family enjoys it too. But that's the great thing about that that ride. And we had talked about before coming live was that that ride. It brings out a conversation that when you're riding it with your family and friends, you can't help but sit and talk to them and connect with them. You're face to face. And you're surrounded by the ambience of Disney. Yeah, that's what I think makes that ride so magical. And you've taken that and you've made it that intimate chat on the people over that's what I love so much about it.

Bonnie Cribbs:

You know? Okay, so since you're talking about the peoplemover I don't this obviously is not an official Disney statement. I've got to be careful with what I say when I pronounce things. But I did ask a cast member today I was like, hey, when's the peoplemover opening up? Because back when Disney opened back up? They said probably October ish or so what they are waiting for according to this cast member they're waiting for a part a piece of equipment and not really equipment a part of the ride. You know if you think about it people movers been there since when the 70s. And so it's not like they can just run down to the Ford dealership and say hey, I need part number for three X to buy this part and they're missing is obviously being made for for just specifically for them. And I was told that about three or four weeks ago to that we're waiting on a part. So it's interesting. It's coming back. It's you know, it's down for net today the sign was were down for refurbishment. They're going to make a couple of enhancements to it. But the people movers not going away and there was kind of a rumor around that they were taking the people move away. And that's not the case by by any means.

Marc Valentine:

The fans the fans would be disappointed. I don't think they would do that.

Bonnie Cribbs:

Oh, no, no, no, not at all.

Marc Valentine:

So I always start these shows by asking people to share like the beginning of their Disney lives. I would love you are you have one of my favorite Disney lives because I follow your group but I follow your Disney life with great interest. So where where does your Disney life start? Where does your Start your your story start?

Bonnie Cribbs:

You know, it's it's kind of a multi multi level. The earliest childhood memory that I have is maybe an on the ride of Dumbo. This would have been 1972 the summer of 72. And so you know, disney world opened or Magic Kingdom opened October of 71. So in that summer, the following year, my dad, he took our family to Disney World, and we don't have any pictures of it. But I have this one little blurb of a memory that is on me riding Dumbo and I even sitting here right now I can see that one image. We've never found photographs of that we've never you know it's not like my parents shared stories of that or anything but I you know, but I would have been four years old at the time. And that's my earliest childhood memory. Also Have a picture of me and my mom. And that's from that same trip, but it's out in front of the train station. And and that's so that's the other than one baby picture like me being an infant. That's the earliest picture that I have of my mom, she's passed away. And, and so we had a lot of family vacations at Disney World. And then in the later years, my brother he was, he was the head of fairytale weddings. And so when he was at fairytale weddings, he could never get off for Christmas or Thanksgiving. So our family would go down to Disney World every other Christmas or Thanksgiving. So it was our that was like the fun. You know, on the, on the other years, everybody was at the in laws and stuff. That was the fun year, like everybody's at Disney, we're having fun. And I'm talking, you know, 14 to 18 people or so would show up for for these family trips and stuff. And, and with him being in the position that he was, you know, we were kind of spoiled with, you know, the Disney treating us for so many, so many things and everything. So, you know, so just growing up having that start. And then, and as I mentioned a while ago, you know, just wishes, seeing wishes with my mom. That you know, this is that it's kind of those memories. So I've always loved Disney. And so when my brother worked for Disney, I would be the one that would play 50 questions with him anytime he was driving us around, I was asking so many questions about Disney. He was the one that everybody said, Oh, just love Disney. And he still does. But I was at the same point I was I was asking all these questions. How does this work? I was I was so interested in the business side of Disney and I was interested in the infrastructure of how does this you know, how does this work? And how does that work? And and, you know, I always enjoyed the rides and stuff, but it was it was truly what made Disney so magical, like what made it stand out? I was in marketing then my corporate career. And so you know, how did they have they attract so many people that are like so loyal, you know? So it was all those kind of questions. It was a numbers thing. So there was, you know, I remember my brother telling me one time that Disney knows the number. And so for every guest that walks through that gate, they know how much money on average, a guest is going to spend. So that tells them we've got to have this mini kiosk open, we've got to have this many stores open. They know by the ticket sales. This is how much money they're going to make at the end of that day. And sure enough, like it's like my brother said, it's eerie how, how accurate that that average is, you know,

Marc Valentine:

everything everything by design.

Bonnie Cribbs:

Yeah, absolutely.

Marc Valentine:

When did you take the plunge and move and and really like go from having a Disney life to Disney being such a big part of life.

Bonnie Cribbs:

So it was back in. I always said that I was going to retire at Disney World. I mean, it was you know, I lived in Nashville, Tennessee, my entire adult life. And so I said, I've you know, I'm gonna retire there one day, and life just happened in 2010, my house flooded in the big national flood that, you know, that just spent my life into a kind of a tailspin just because of all that's encompassed in your house, flooding and everything, it kind of went into a depression and I lost my job lost my career job at that point. And I was like, You know what, I just need a fresh start, I need a new a new place. The only place that I'm really happy and it was a depression. I just want to go to Disney World. You know, like, if I could just go to Disney World, I can be happy. And of course that was stupidity talking when I was saying something like that. busy being at Disney World doesn't make you happy. That was kind of my thinking there. And to two years later, I finally make the plunge and I'm like, I'm just gonna move down there and make things happen. And so sure enough, I moved down here when I first moved here, I actually moved over to the coast. And I was about two hours away. And about three times a week I was coming over to Disney I said you know, you know you're gonna end up in Orlando. So let's just go ahead and move and so I did and but even when I moved here, I you know, I didn't have I was just going to the parks. I didn't have a plan to have a business. I didn't have a plan to to really work for Disney. Again, I thought hey, I'll work for Disney when I retire. Yeah, but every time I went I'd see the boats out there and from the time I was a kid you know we grew up with the boat and on the beach and you know going lakes and stuff. I always said I want to drive the boats at Disney I want to work for on the watercraft. So we're in front of Magic Kingdom. And finally, just, you know, even having another job, I was told by a cast member, you can still do that and work the night hours, because they're going to work you the horrible hours, and then you can still keep your office job. So that's what I did working three nights a week. And, and so I just started working over there. And I'm like, dang, I love this. Like, I've had my entire career, but all of a sudden, I'm loving what I'm what I'm doing. And, you know, it was 2018. Yeah, 2018 was when I first started my my job at Disney. And by the end, I'd already had some, you know, looking into some information products and that kind of stuff that I wanted to do. You know, people have always said, if you'll find something that you're loved, if you find something that you're passionate about, you'll never work a day in your life. I love that. And my joke with that was Yeah, if I could only find somebody to pay me to go to Disney, that would really work wouldn't it. And, and so I was joking about that. And I, but I was kind of being honest, I was like, who's gonna pay me to go to Disney? Well, I figured out a way to make that work. So that's the fun

Marc Valentine:

part of what I love, too. I mean, you have a lot of the Disney stuff. The other stuff that sometimes people don't know about that, that you don't advertise as much are the things that I guess and I want to talk about, you know, and the timeline of this, but like your Facebook profile, and I love, you know, I love clicking, I always try to do my homework, too, is that as the host, but I love where it says the description was, it describes you as an encourager and a believer in you. And that I like that. Just like I was like, wow, that phrase right there when at the encourager and believer in you. I love that. Because I think we need more of that in the world. We talked about this, too, again, before we came live. I think we need more of that. And I think we need more attitude like that in the world today, where there is an unqualified No, no quid pro quo. Nothing, no favor need be done. I just want I want to be a believer in you. What can What can I do? You know, and it's, it's not for anything, but like, how do I make your day better? And I love that. And this, to me seems like a philosophy that predated for the love of Disney World, something that, you know, did that start at walking into greatness, your your website, when did that start?

Bonnie Cribbs:

You know, I remember growing up, I played baseball, like termite baseball, Little League Baseball, and my baseball coach just happened to live directly across the road from me. And I remember sitting on the back of his pickup truck, and him telling me, Bonnie, you can do anything you set your mind to, that wasn't the most athletic of folks, I you know, I wasn't, I wasn't the most athletic, I wasn't the most, you know, the smartest guy out there. But he truly convinced me, I could do anything I set my mind to. So that's, you know, fifth sixth grade, something like that, going through middle school, going through high school, going through college, that conversation, just constantly just bubbled up in my mind all the time. And the reason that it bubbled up was because I had someone who believed in me, I had someone who, you know, obviously that conversation came after a bad game and came after, you know, a change of position and, and stuff and, but I had someone who, who spoke life into me, somebody that that spoke goodness into me, somebody that saw the best best in me. And that that was just an impactful moment. And, and it was just, I mean, it was early on that in life that I just I would always look for the good in people I was always looked for, to be the encourager. I've always been an encourager and words of affirmation, and, you know, just speaking life into people, but I always wanted to do it in a way that I just knew if I could, if I could say those words to somebody, and they have the same impact to me, that that may have had in my life. You know, he was a good neighbor. He was a good baseball coach. But that was the best encouragement. I mean, that that that one conversation has left me a light lasting a lifetime. And so when did it begin? It definitely didn't begin with, you know, walking into greatness. It's, it's that's been bubbling through me, I think just through all my years, because that's the kind of person that I wanted to be, you know, just believing in people and seeing their goodness and encouraging them to live their best life to, to encourage them to, to think higher for themselves. You know, so many so many times, we Just don't think we're well deserving. We don't think we're worthy enough, we don't think we're good enough. But if you can take somebody and, and just encourage them to just do your best, and you know that you can do this, no matter what that's life giving, you know, that's life giving. And, and so that's kind of who I am, that's who I want to be. And again, finding a way to take that trait that I have that personality trait, and making it work within my Disney life. You know, it's taken me a while to figure out how to get all these little pieces to work together of my love for Disney, my, you know, just my personality, my quirks, my positively my, you know, my lack of eloquence, as I can't even say the word eloquent. You know, just, it's taken all the time to get all that together. But I knew that eventually, it would all it would all start clicking.

Marc Valentine:

And I think, you know, just to speak from a personal level, I think, I think, as a fan of yours, and as a person who is, gravitate, gravitated towards the group, I would say that, you know, I don't think people tune in to the lives just because you're on the people mover or on the skyliner I think they do turn tune in for that affirmation, that even if it's a people mover chat, that you, you know, that they, they always tell you to be a principle centered person, you know, you can see that in so many of the self help thing. But that's something that without, you know, sometimes, and I don't think that you're that you're trying to do it, and this is just my, you, that's just who you are that like, you are that person that when you speak to people, and it's just genuinely a joy to watch you, you know, because we feel like you're talking to us on the other end, you have 100, sometimes 150 or 200 people on that live. But there is a way that what you say, it sounds like at that moment in time you were talking to mark, and you were offering something that just seemed to really like hit you at that at that moment. And again, that's what we we love and we appreciate it. And I you know, I when I went over and again, a lot of this, I knew so I knew you so well from for the love of Disney World. And then going back and just wanting to know more about you and wanting to be prepared for you when you came on the show. The for the love of Disney World had always impressed me, but the walking into greatness, reading your story of weight loss and your regiment and your fitness regiment. And not just something that you did for yourself and improved your own life. But the way that you offer that free, you know, in many cases freely to people to say, Hey, listen, I'm a believer in you look at what I did. And I believe you can do it too. And I know you don't. You haven't touched them in a while but you had a podcast, your morning jumpstart, very similar thing it was Listen, you don't have to pay for these. There's no there's no fee, there's no Patreon. There's no, there's no membership, I believe in you. Here's some stuff to affirm that. And like that was the Bonnie that was the cool thing was I mean, I love your Disney life. But again, the thing that I love most about your Disney life is the way that you pull in those virtues and values that I think they're not just Bonnie cribs things, that's what makes. But they're Walt things too. And that's what I love about the culture you've created is it's kind of the best stuff that I think we all need a lot more of nowadays. And so you know, to those who are listening to if you haven't had a chance, Bonnie that url I'm sorry, I know that the title but the URL is just walkingintogreatness.com

Bonnie Cribbs:

that's for my website. Yeah, for the and to be just be honest with that. I've not added anything to that blog yet. There are some really good Disney resources on it. It's not a Disney blog, it so let me just kind of tell you where that came from I I've been walking, I walk at Disney that I live a few minutes within from Disney World. And so I go to Disney World and walk all the time like that I go go to get my steps in and, and it was for weight loss. And then after about a year or so of doing that, I started a nutrition plan and at this point, I've lost 100 and 103 pounds. So that's, you know, that was pre pandemic. So there's been a little bit that's coming back. But I I started a Facebook group just saying hey, if you want to follow me on this journey, if you're going on this journey, let's do it together. And so I started that group, Facebook group, but just because of, of me sharing my walking experiences on Disney groups, it really was made up of mostly not all but mostly Disney fans and Disney, you know fanatics and, and whatnot. You know, I've got people from my childhood on that group. I've got people from college days in that group, but I would say probably 90 90% of them. Are Disney fans and so you know I was always that kind of started me sharing Hey well this is me out walking at Epcot This is me out walking at Disney This is me walking around the resorts you know that was a beautiful thing before pre pandemic was because I could easily get in all the resorts I could easily get, you know, walk everywhere you know, you didn't have to have reservations to get in this place or that place so I was literally walking at Disney seven days a week you know, it's rare that I ever took a day off and but it was interesting what pursued you know ensued from that was I was I was out there to walk and and so, you know, but you don't want to be a Disney and not jump on a ride or two. But I wasn't there to wait in lines. I was there to ride rides. So I quickly found out Hey, I've never waited rides. But all these other people are waiting to ride so it may be it just kind of made me realize, dude, if they knew what you knew about the Fastpass, they they would they wouldn't be waiting in lines either. And so it was interesting how a business idea kind of came up from from that of let me just help people learn how to use the Fastpass system because these people you know, and at that point, you know, I'm only talking like there's 300 people 400 people in the group. But if I can get those three or 400 people learning how to use Fastpass dang this that's pretty good. Yeah.

Marc Valentine:

And that's the bypass system.

Bonnie Cribbs:

bypass system. Yeah. which right now is pointless, because you don't well, Disney doesn't have a fast fast system. But I did. You know, I created a business out of that and loved it. And but it was a stepping stone to to the next thing we love.

Marc Valentine:

Yeah. And we'd love bypass. But speaking of that, and then to segue, you have another great business, that you are an owner. And it's it's amazing. So this is this is the one that I really want to talk to you because you've been sharing a lot of lives. Yeah, and your you know, your story about what's going on. And you've been really energized and excited about mouse marketplace. And I love it. I love it, I get it. And I smile too. Because I love it when you say like, like, hang on, you're like this is gonna get big, I'm so excited. And I love I love the passion that you have for mouse marketplace. But I love and I don't even know what the plans are. But I'm already like I'm on there. So tell like cuz there's there are a lot of our listeners and again, so Disney life started is really just a group of family and friends that would travel occasionally. So there's a lot of people Bonnie up north, we're all up here. And we need a lot more mouse marketplace in our life. So there's a lot of people at our Facebook group that don't know what mouse marketplace is. And it's great because it's it is a way that they could share that Disney magic, even up here in Pennsylvania. So tell tell our listeners about and I love mouse marketplace. Tell us a little bit about that.

Bonnie Cribbs:

Okay, I want to start back a couple of years ago, back when I first moved to Orlando, and I was just racking my brain thinking what kind of business can I have? That would be Disney centric, I kept going back to this, you know, if you find something that you're passionate about, and you figure out how to, you know, you know how to make that some income, you'll never have to work a day in your life. So I was I kept thinking of all these distance, different Disney things that I could do. And one of the things that I came up with was, how about a subscription box and at that point, there was maybe one other Disney subscription box out there. But I started pulling the numbers I was I had an accounting major and, and everything in a finance major so so I started just pulling the numbers, I'm like, holy cow, I'm gonna have to sell a whole lot of boxes in order to make a decent living off of this. So, you know, at that point, there was you know, I may have posted something on Facebook and I got one like, and that may have been from my sister, you know, and so I didn't have the audience I didn't have any way of going about I didn't know how to pull that off. But that was a dream. And I was I remember like texting my sister. I remember texting some friends. Like I think I found this idea. I think I found it. And so anyway, I shelled that I was like I can't make this thing work financially it doesn't make any sense. So we go back to bypass and and I had at this point finally my for the love of Disney World group had grown to about five 6000 people and and ahead mouse marketplace It was a group of personal shoppers or a personal shopper and they wanted to sell their their Facebook group not the business but the Facebook group. And, and so they had about at that point 28,000 people in the Facebook group and I'm just telling you to just honest as I can be, I heard 28,000 people I was like okay, if I've got bypass that's making this couple thousand dollars a month, they'll be here with my five 6000, then this 28,000, I should be able to make that three, four times the amount off of that. So that was my only thought in that that was why I went after mouse marketplace. And I was buying the Facebook group, but also knew that there was a business attached to it, which at that point was personal shopping. We don't do personal shopping at all. But it was personal shopping, and they did some snack boxes and stuff like that. And so I bought, I bought the Facebook group. And, and so all of a sudden, I've got 28,000 people that I'm in front of. And I will say at that point, it was a very different group than it was very different focused. It was all about going and talking about purses and merchandise and, you know, things that I honestly knew zero about, but I wanted to get in front of 28,000 Disney fans. And so I purchased a group. And then I quickly realized this is a personality driven group. And the person that owned it before me, we just had different personalities, just like if it was your group, we would have different personalities, if it would have been, you know Melissa's group, it would be a different personality. And so I was like, Well, how in the world, I've got to make this thing mine now because I purchased the Facebook group. And so I purchased it with 28,000 people that was back in January, it now has almost 51,000 people on it a little over 50,000. And so I've I've almost doubled it in the in the past year. But I had to figure out a way to make it my group to you know, have Yeah, personality and my demeanor. My you know, always at first I was saying Hey, no snarkiness is allowed. Yeah, it was it was kind of a snarky group. And, you know, it took it took a couple of rough months to to get the group to where, you know, I'm like, I feel good about this group now. And it was it wasn't that it was anything bad before. It just wasn't my personality. So I learned a lesson in there don't go by in a Facebook group, it doesn't do any good. That was my biggest lesson from January, February and March. But what I what I was able to do was to, to finally mold and mended, I just wasn't going to give up on it because I had paid money for it. But at the same time, it was a personal shopping group. And I wasn't doing personal shopping. So like quite why in the world did I even buy that I asked myself that 1000 times funded that by this, because I'm not doing personal shopping, I can't do personal shopping. Disney doesn't allow cast members to do such a thing. And you know, that kind of thing. So So this idea, though, came back about the snack boxes. And I you know, kind of went back to man, you had this incredible dream of making these snack boxes and these, you know, subscription boxes and everything and, and I am not a creative, I've got an idea. But I don't know how to make it happen. And I just happen to have a friend who was a creative, she designed, you know, my stuff for walking into greatness. She designed some stuff for me for a couple of products that I had, or information products that I had. And so I reached out to her and you know, just talking because she was a friend and she said, You know what? I bet I could probably do the boxes for you create them, make it everything she touches looks beautiful. And so I just ordered gorgeous. Yeah, I partnered with a girl who can literally make everything beautiful. And, and so I've kind of had the the marketing experience. I had the group at that point. And, you know, she she had the idea of let's do this kind of box. Like while we were talking, she probably threw out the idea of 15 15 different kind of boxes that we could do. And I was like, holy cow. It and so that was kind of February 4 February, March. Yeah. And at this point, we're rocking and rolling. We're sending out more boxes than I could ever imagine. And but again COVID came along Yeah. And and on day on one day, I lost my career job. I lost my job at Disney or was furloughed and, and my bypass product automatically became well that's how I'm going to sell because there's no Disney. But what it did create was a whole lot of people missing Disney, a lot of people wanting the magic. So just like you guys up in the northeast, you miss Disney we ship you the magic that's in essence what we do is ship you the magic. And it's it's it's so incredible of how I had to take my focus away from the you know, from four things down to one thing and when I really truly when I got a chance to focus on that Put all my attention in one spot, I was able to serve people really, really well.

Marc Valentine:

And you got to check these out to those of you that are listening, you got to go to mousemarketplace.com these boxes are you know, bonnie, bonnie will tell he tells you, they're they're gorgeous. So just the way that they look in the feel of them. They're gorgeous. But then they're really like they're magical. And it's a way that you can open up and share that magic no matter where you don't have to be in the Disney bubble to get that feel of Disney. So check, really check them out. And we're excited because I mean, I've been watching since I since I had the idea of asking Bonnie to come on. Again. I went and did my homework. And I would go to these websites. And it's cool to even see in the last few weeks Bonnie, it's really kicking up like you've got a lot of new products coming like the lounge flies are really growing the inventory. So if you're a loungefly fan, mouse marketplace is that is the destination go to mousemarketplace.com They have unbelievable lounge flies, the snack boxes are great, some of the merch that they have, and the the mugs and the shirts. They're going quick,

Bonnie Cribbs:

right? We've got a problem that most businesses don't, don't have to worry about. It's not sales, that's a problem. It's a supply. So with everything that we offer, because it is coming from Disney or it is coming from, you know, small vendors or small shops, there's only so much merchandise, it's out there right now, because of COVID. And so when we put something up for sale, it sells out and it sells out quickly. And I've just never been in a position where whatever I'm offering sells out in like 2.3 seconds, like literally the other day. And we we have something and it's sold out in eight minutes. And that's awesome. Our Mother's Day boxes sold out in six minutes. And you know, so we're but it's so incredible. But that's not it's a good problem to have. But it's not a problem that you you want to continue because it's not serving your customers. Well, it's not serving the needs well and everything. And so you know, we're just trying to figure out how can we serve people and get them the magic and do it in a way that we're we're still succeeding and not aggravating people during this time of COVID. You know, because shipping, shipping is a problem supply chain is a problem. But that's the kind of stuff that I like, like that's my business. Again, you go back to what I was asking my brother it was, you know, how did these systems work? How does this organization work? How does this infrastructure work? That's the kind of stuff that excites me. So go back to that thing of how do you do something that you're passionate about? And you'll never work a day in your life? I don't feel like I'm working like you. It's funny, because you've indicated to me and I am busy. That you mean you're busy. You're busy all the time. I just can't stop because I'm loving everything that I'm doing, you know. I mean, it's 830 at night now here I am doing a podcast. It's not work. It's fun. I'm getting to talk about Disney.

Marc Valentine:

Well, it's great because you get to now you get to imagineer a business. Yeah. And really that's what you're doing. You are Imagineering your own little Empire. Yeah. And your own your own thing. And it's it's yours. And you're living in the magic and you're you're getting joy. And I tell people constantly who there's a lot of people, family members and friends who don't quite Bonnie, they don't quite understand like this podcast yet. They just saw a takeover in August. And I tried to explain it and say listen, you know, I can't sometimes it's very hard to explain how this little radio show has become a lot more than just the little radio show for for just my mental health and my well being like I love. My favorite part of this show is this right here is connecting with people's Disney lives. And I thought this show is going to be something completely different than it became. This is my favorite part of the show is having these kinds of conversations and finding out like this joy that you're sharing with me, that's what I love most about it, that it centers around Disney and it centers around this place that we all love. And I wanted the podcast to be something completely different than it than it was. And the way that it's kind of changed in the last you know, 10 episodes. I'm so like, I'm so happy that that it's become this because there's more of a human element to it. And when I started like when I started I thought it was going to be Disney news Disney breaking news and and I've gotten so far away from that. And I found that like it's made me so much happier to get these connections and to laugh with Duane and to laugh with john and to joke with Linda and to like just have an hour where we really just share like stories and laughter and they all around the same topic. I love that's what I love most is you now are your Imagineering your own story just like I like to envision myself Imagineering this this podcast and how to solve my my content problems or by like what's my what's my focus

Bonnie Cribbs:

in it In a way, you're doing the same thing as Walt. And you're just bringing in a little bit of the magic and sharing a little bit of magic with folks. And that's really fun. Okay, not to be a downer, but on the day that I got laid off. So I was a cast member, I got laid off. And luckily for me, I got laid off. On the second day, I didn't have to, like live in turmoil or anything like that. And I drove the minivans. So we've got a Facebook group. And on that day, I sat here at the computer. And it was like, I was watching a horror movie, of watching, you know, friend after friend after friend be laid off. And but this was the interesting thing to me. For most of those people, it was their livelihood. For me, it was not my livelihood. For a few of my friends, it was not their livelihood, but for the majority of them, it was their livelihood. But it was interesting as they were posting, as we all were posting in the Facebook group, what what they're going to miss, like, this is what I loved working at Disney, for many of them worked 10 15 20 25 years at Disney. And they didn't, none of them were talking about their fear of how am I going to make money, their fear of, you know, loss of employment, it was, I loved sharing the magic, I love being a part of the magic, I loved creating the magic. And, and I totally get it. Like, if you would have had this conversation with me 10 years ago, I would have been like, That's weird. You know, like, I don't get that I love going to Disney World. But I don't I don't get this mentality. And I think that that's what I found in some wisdom over the last couple years, is that, you know, there's a lot of joy that just comes from sharing a little bit of pixie dust from sharing a little bit of the magic. And that was so like, I learned so much on that day of seeing people not not that they weren't anxious about where where's my Lively's are coming from. But that wasn't the things that they were speaking about. It was how am I going to give people the magic? How am I going to this this thing that's inside of me that wants to give the magic out that wants to that wants to bless people and make people happy. However, how am I going to be able to do that now because that identity was so tied up that doing that is so tied up in in our identities. And I think that that's what I love so much about mouse marketplace, is that I get to simply create some happy I get to create the pixie dust. And honestly, dude, you're doing it too. I mean, that's exactly what you're getting to do through a podcast just in a different venue than what I'm getting to do. And I just think it's super, super cool. You're right, the world needs more, more magic and needs more pixie dust in it, and these more joy in it. And, and you're getting to be a part of it. So that's I just think that's really cool. Thank you.

Marc Valentine:

It's really cool. I appreciate that. Yeah. All right. So I want to do let's have some fun here it. I mean, I've been having I've been having a ton of fun already. But let's have some fun. So I do the I do this a lot with guests, and they're kind of like Quick Hits. So it's kind of like it's like Bonnie 101 now, gosh, so I mean it's some of you to like and this is I'm sure that you've divulged all of this but now with listen with 20 something thousand members, your your your archive has been covered up with post after post after post. So like you have to dig deep to find these. So aside from the people mover, what's your favorite attraction like where and I think I know the answer to this one actually. What's your favorite? It doesn't have to be a Magic Kingdom. What is your favorite attraction? If I'm not finding Bonnie Cribbs on the people mover? What's your favorite attraction?

Bonnie Cribbs:

I love this is probably going to probably change within the season too. However, Expedition Everest is my favorite. And but this and you as a podcaster you'll you'll love this if you if you're not familiar with this when they were building Expedition Everest and I don't know the year, but podcasts were not really a thing. They were just coming on to the scene at that point. And Disney was promoting expedition Nevers through a podcast. And it looked a little bit different than podcasts of today. But they were episodes with little interviews of the Imagineer. They were interviews from stories of going over to Asia. And I remember flying out I used to fly down here to work about once a month so I was down in Orlando all the time. But I remember coming to Disney World flying on the plane and I had downloaded this this podcast so I can hear it on the plane. And I'm just sitting there listening to Joe Rody, talk about Expedition Everest and the hearing the stories of where they've gone into the villages where They've gotten the artifacts the the facts, the fun facts, that kind of stuff of Expedition Everest, and then to get to ride it within I think it was within like two weeks of it first opening up. I was just I was just blown away. I love the theming of that ride. I love the thrill of the ride. It's probably my It is my favorite ride to actually do a live on but it's my favorite ride. Not to do a ride alive on to like, I just, it never gets old. It never never never gets old. So that's probably my ultimate now splash mountains up there Big Thunder Mountain railroads up there. Flight the passage as probably to me the most exhilarating ride at Disney. Yeah,

Marc Valentine:

but I saw your I saw your live by the way. Your first the first one that you did. And that was that was in a that was in junkies if I'm not mistaken. Right. Was that was that in junkies at that point?

Bonnie Cribbs:

Yeah, it would have been.

Marc Valentine:

I saw that because I remember your reaction to it was it was priceless. You have to like I don't know. Do you still have that one saved? That's got to be archived that one you're

Bonnie Cribbs:

the first time I got to ride. There's, I've got it. I've got a video. I've got a video of a video on the screen. So it's not like the original because at that point I don't even think I didn't even think to save the video and I don't think Facebook Live yet did save the video at that point. But the year later when it showed up I just did like a screen screen capture with it. That that was that was an incredible day for me because I tried so many other times not and didn't get to ride it because I was too big for it and so when I've lost enough weight to to get to ride it that was a life changing day for me that

Marc Valentine:

day and in Bonnie trivia I'm actually one for one because that was my gonna be my guess. And I didn't want to spoil it for the listeners. But I felt like I knew that answer. So I think I'm one for one. So what is your What's your favorite park?

Bonnie Cribbs:

there? There's just no way for me to answer that.

Marc Valentine:

Fair enough. Fair, that's fair.

Bonnie Cribbs:

I mean, there's just no way at Christmas, Hollywood Studios is my favorite. Either the park that I go to the most is, is probably Epcot. But that's probably because of the walking aspect and it's easy to walk and walk world showcase and that kind of stuff, then again, but you can't beat Magic Kingdom like there is something so magical about Magic Kingdom and of course Animal Kingdom. I think Animal Kingdom is the best themed Park. They have done the best job of again, going back to the Imagineer Joe Rody from that standpoint of just theming it but to say I've got a favorite, I wouldn't want to go without going to the other parks at all. I like I love them all.

Marc Valentine:

I had Marina mouse who's another podcaster on last week. And we we act the two of us actually started the episode out by apologizing to both of our listeners saying we're so sorry that it took us till Episode 11 and 12 to give Animal Kingdom the love and the due that it deserved. Oh, because it's a great Park. It's amazing. Yeah, the theming is off the hook. The food is incredible. Pandora was the game changer there as well. Yeah. And I I'll fully admit, when Pandora opened. Well, I was excited because I love science fiction, like I'm a huge Star Wars fan. But I did not quite understand the connection to animal kingdom. And they like they hadn't released the Joe Rody, the Imagineering. The audio had not yet released where he kind of explains the logic of it, right. But once I went there, I said, You know what, I get it. I understand that this there could not have been a better location for Pandora. And the theme of that movie, of what that movie is about the connection to nature. Just the whole narrative that of that entire movie of being connected to the land, listening to the earth and listening to whether it's, you know, on another planet, but listening to nature being connected to nature. What a What a perfect bookend to what animal kingdom is kind of philosophically all about. And that part, I love that part. The only thing and again, I try not to get down with these podcasts either. I can't wait until hours are extended again. Because Disney like Disney, you got to give us back nighttimes at Pandora. It needs to be experienced. I've sent videos to people and they don't they're like what is that? I'm like, I wish that this would translate to the video that I'm sending you right now. You got to see what I'm seeing.

Bonnie Cribbs:

No video is ever going to do it justice. Okay, so I got a really cool experience. When they open Pandora. I was an annual pass holder or Am annual pass holder. But I was an annual pass holder and I, I literally was on my email when the email came in for the passholder previews. And it popped up on my screen, I immediately went, and I got to see Pandora in the first session of the first day that it was open. But quad that translates into as you know, they allow too many people to in per hour, and I was in the first hour of the first day. And so I was literally in Pandora with less than probably 200 people in the whole land. And I remember sitting under the mountain, and just being mesmerized feeling like, I am not at Disney right now. Like This is nothing. This is like nothing. It's not like grab the theme park that's themed. It's like you're in another place. Yeah. And I just remember feeling so amazed. And also thinking, holy cow. What, what's next for Disney? If they're able to create this? They don't look backwards, you know, they only move forward and do just being in that place was so incredible. There's nothing there's nothing else like it.

Marc Valentine:

No, nothing else like it. Some people will compare galaxy's edge and Pandora and I tell them it's apple. It's apples and oranges. Yeah, the wonderment that you experience in both of those. Again, it's it's a completely different experience that you can't compare the two, the all that you feel over and Pandora is not the same galaxy says but in galaxies edge. You feel you don't feel like you're in Hollywood studios, because the spires are so high, you feel like you are on this extra terrestrial place. Save for the fact that people are walking around in T shirts and Disney watch. Yeah, it's just amazing what what Imagineers have done.

Bonnie Cribbs:

But it is interesting, because I'm not a Star Wars fan. I'm not an anti Star Wars fan. I'm just not a big star wars, right. But I go in there. And I, I go in there. And I feel like I am somewhere else. I don't feel like I'm at Disney World. It's It's It's very similar to that of being in Pandora. But very different. Like you feel whatever you're at is authentic. I mean, it feels so real. And it's interesting, because again, they did the game a little bit. There's more sounds, but not only the sounds, there's like vibrations of the land. When you're walking around, you can feel the rumble of what's going you know, a ship that's landing over here, but you can you can feel the rumble of it. It's like Holy Cow. So awe inspiring. From that standpoint. It's it's super, super cool.

Marc Valentine:

So this question, if this is if this is a little too embarrassing for you, if you want to pass it this, I'll give you I would give you you're more than welcome. Having having the notoriety and being being you, and you're recognizable. You're very recognizable.

Bonnie Cribbs:

That bald head

Marc Valentine:

is it hard for you to to have a normal day at parks? Do you do you long for the days where you could just be walking around and not and not have people coming up to you? Or do you like that? Is that a good part of your your experience? Do you welcome that? Do you like having people come up?

Bonnie Cribbs:

I do welcome it. It's it's part of what it's just part of what it is now. You know, I didn't plan on it. It wasn't like it was a Hey, I want to be known at Disney. Just like you gave me compliments for our group. That's what I hear when people meet me. It's not like hey, oh, you're the star. You're the celebrity. It's not that at all. They're like, dude, I love being in your group. Your group is amazing. Dude, I love being a part of this. I met a family last week and, and the little like the little 13 year old girl was excited to meet me because we had sent her a box and she loved and she was wearing the ears that came in that box. And, and I'm like, that kind of stuff just warms my heart like nothing else. You know, for instance, I went to Magic Kingdom today and I probably saw five people you know, or people five people recognize me. So it's not like it's an overwhelming thing. I enjoy it because the stories are always fun of how they you know how they came to be in the group or something like that. It's I didn't have the strangest thing happened yesterday. Somebody said Can I get a picture? And I was like, yeah, you know, of course that that that's common, you know, that's normal. But they just wanted a picture of me and I was like getting in here. Yeah. Yeah, exactly.

Marc Valentine:

Bring it bring it in.

Bonnie Cribbs:

That felt a little weird. Yeah, but because I'm cuz I'm not anything. I'm just you know, I'm just, I'm just a Disney loving folk just like they are. It's not gotten to the point though, where I'm like, I can't walk in You know, whatever, I enjoy it because it it is fun because it's our members. And it's people that's got a connection. And it's fun hearing how people are connected to the group. You know, if I was a name like Tim tracker, I can't I can't imagine. You know, he'sgot

Marc Valentine:

Yeah, Tim, Tim gets bombarded

Bonnie Cribbs:

Yeah. And I don't know that that would be fun. I'd probably have to start wearing a wig or a hat or something. I don't know. But, but where it is now. I love it. Like, it's, it's very fulfilling. Yeah. And I'm not saying I long for it. Like, it's not something that I'm like, hey, I want this notoriety. So I can get more of that. But it seems to be part of where I am right now. And I'm okay with it. Like I'm not, I'm not going to, like wear a costume. Not getting noticed. But it's still amazing. Well, I guess I do stand out. I'm kind of tall. I've got a completely bald head. But it still amazes me goes I even see friends over there now. And if they've got a mask on him, like, Who are you? How in the world can people that's only seen me on a on a live recognize me? You know,

Marc Valentine:

I got one more thing. And again, thank you so much for spending your time with us. But I have one more thing that I just I really want to know, no matter how many times you go to the park, no matter how many times you see it, what's the one thing that you could see it a million times over and you still get emotional over it? Or it really still gets you just like it did the first time?

Bonnie Cribbs:

You know, it's probably two things. I can't answer any question Can the happily ever after I, I love happily ever after. There was a position when I worked boats. When I worked watercraft at the Magic Kingdom. When it was closing, it was the queue. And so you would tell people like hey, go this way to the ferry this way to to the monorail. You know, we just had a position out there. And there was a position where we were holding the sign up and we were wearing a microphone. And I would nobody ever wanted to do that position like nobody ever wanted it. And because I was new, I was always on the queue. But I was always requesting that spot. So it made it made friends because nobody ever wanted to do it. And I loved it. But here's the reason I loved it. It was because I could stand right where I was standing right next to the train station. I could hear the music just like blasting for happily ever after. But I got to watch the fireworks show. And so you know that after the firework shows when everybody starts coming out, so we had to be in position before the firework show started. And I remember this thinking 1000 times I'm like, dude, they are paying me to watch the fireworks right now. And I am loving every second of this. Like, this is like the best gig ever. And then, you know, it would be crazy for the next hour. So as the park you know, you know, as the park exited. But what was really crazy to me though, is I would do that three nights a week. So any any night, I would always volunteer for that. But at least another night during the week I was actually in the park watching happily ever after. And no matter how many times I've seen it, it's not gotten old to me, it still gets me emotional. I think it's an inspiring show. It bubbles me up. Another similar is fantasmic I like right now I'm just telling you a fantasmic was on tonight, the way the weather was the cool breeze going I would be at fantasmic tonight, and I just before the show about 45 minutes you're sitting out there people are doing the wave people are, you know, doing their bubble wands, all that stuff. But for those shows, I think happily ever after is a better show. But fantasmic there's just something about being out there in that theater. And that just never gets old. It just it seriously never gets old. They the princess start princesses and Prince and princesses start coming over in their on their boats and they're dancing. And every night The crowd is just clapping then. And people are so excited to see you know, these these characters of their childhood of their adult life characters that they've connected with, but every night it's the same like when they start coming by and they're dancing. They're you know, they get applause you know and it's not on it's not like it's an applause moment where you know Disney thought we're gonna get applause right here it just happens it's never gets old it never absolutely never gets old. So the between the two of those that I live happily ever since

Marc Valentine:

so funny. So the in our in our Facebook group, one of our good friends I posted a quick video of Tinkerbell ziplining over us when we were at the dessert party the other night. And one of our friends who's just I have two of my good friends. They're not really Disney people, but they're there for the podcast. They've been awesome supporters of me. She asked, and she's she has not been to Disney and forever. She said, is that just the fireworks for the dessert party? Or is that something that happens every night? We said, Oh, no. That happens every night. And I think she's coming around Bonnie, I think she's I think she's starting to really think about Disney.

Bonnie Cribbs:

Yeah, that was such a popular question in the in the minivans of do they do the fireworks every night like they put on that amazing show every night. Man and it's probably the thing that I miss the most right now that's not happening is is the fireworks but Disney just man and they know how to put on show they know how to pull the heartstrings they know how to get the emotions while you know, just going absolutely something that's really cool. And I've got to be careful the way that I say this. I've got a friend who is working on the harmonious project and not as a cast member but as a an outside source. And he is he is a Disney fanatic through and through Disney fan knows everything. I can't tell you what he does in there because I just I don't want to he is he is saying this next show that they're doing is the biggest and greatest, most amazing show. And so he gets he's getting me excited about the show. It's gonna be the next one at Epcot. Yep. And, uh, and I am super, super pumped about what Epcot has because for him to say it, it just kind of gives it some value. You know, it's not a marketing person at Disney that's trying to build up the show. This is a guy who's seen it, who has seen what they're doing. And, and his pretty amazed by it.

Marc Valentine:

I'm excited. I'm energized. Like, I tell people, I cannot wait until this is done. And Disney is back at full force. Because we need we need that magic back in our lives. The world needs that that light again. So I'm really excited. But Bonnie, thank thank you so much. From the bottom of my heart for taking an hour out with me tonight. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate this interview. But also again, I'm just a huge fan of you. I'm a huge fan of you. And I'm a huge fan of what you're doing. You are you're the tone of that really was a guiding light for us when we started this podcast to say, what do I want this podcast to be. So whether I delivered news, whether I have interviews, I just want it to be a place where like that Facebook group, people can come and listen to this for an hour. And it's light, and it's fun. And it's uplifting, and it's entertaining. And if I can capture just a little bit of that, then like it's been Mission accomplished. But thank you for taking time out of your life to share your Disney life with us. I really appreciate it. Thank you so much for what you do and how you inspire people without really you don't do it to be famous. You just do it because that's who you are. Thank you for being you. Thank you for joining us. And thank you for being a friend of the show. We love you here. And we're a huge fan. And I wish you well. Again, folks, www.mousemarketplace.com share that magic with your family order a box bring it home. Body We love you. Thank you, sir. Anything else that you want to say before we go for today?

Bonnie Cribbs:

Yeah, I just want to say thank you. Thank you for having me. I love talking Disney it's it's fun. But I love seeing what you've got going on here too. And just like you said The world needs a little more magic and a lot needs a little more pixie dust and and you're out there spreading it and just a whole different medium than what what I've got to thank you for for doing that. But I'm your Your words are too kind. I so much appreciate them. I'm honored by them. But thank you for Thank you for having me here. The only thing I really did was come and talk about Disney. And that's what I love doing.

Marc Valentine:

We love doing it here too. So any, anytime you want to come back and talk about a new project, or if you've just got some words of that you want to uplift people and share your story. You're all you have an open forum here. You're always welcome back. We'd love to have you again. And in the words of Mickey, it's never goodbye. It's see you real soon. Thank you, Bonnie. We'll see you real soon.

Bonnie Cribbs:

see you real soon.

Marc Valentine:

Thank you so much to Bonnie cribs for joining our show today. Please visit him over at mousemarketplace.com So you can spread some magic with the gift box from Walt Disney World. And if you hadn't had a chance join Bonnie over at for the love of Disney World in his Facebook community. They are doing some great things over in that group and we are huge fans and I love being a member of their community as well. Thank you again for living your best Disney life with us this week. Don't forget to join us at Disney life podcast over on Facebook, where we have Friday Night Live and news updates. And then family game night every Sunday night. Or you can head over to our Instagram and see some of the amazing images that we share courtesy of john Hinson from hinsonphotography.com, h ve a great week everybody. I h pe that it is filled with f ith, trust and pixie dust see you real soon. Whether you're coming to Florida to visit Disney or the beach, Hinson photography specializes in vacation portraits for families and couples. a souvenir that you'll never forget. Visit www.hinsonphotography.com or ca l 386-478-8099 to learn more bout booking vacation portr its with Hinson photo raphy. That's www.hissonpho ography.com