There's a special aroma in the air at Disney World, a smell that permeates monorails, Contemporary Hotels and even the Hall of Presidents. A smell that says, "I've just been vaccuumed, shampooed and scrubbed." A scent that says, "I'm a clean air filter." A scent that says...."I'm in a whole new small world where the people are all part of the circle of life." It's a scent that I recognize every time I'm at Disney, and I absolutely love it.
Having grown up in South Florida, just a short 3 hour ride from The Magic Kingdom, you can imagine how many times I've waited in line at Space Mountain, sucking in the wonderful Disney-fied air. School trips, family trips, last minute trips, all to a place where bushes are sculpted to look like animals and Geir is sold by the bushel at pseudo-Norway. A place where visitors pay retail for Madame Rochas (fools!) at Plume et Palette. A place where you don't mind paying $3.95 for a box of Orville Redenbacher. A place where I can eat a barbequed turkey leg before entering the Tiki Room, and enjoy a Dole pineapple/vanilla sorbet/ice cream cup before visiting the laughing place. The very idea of it just gets my adolescent juices flowing...rides, music, parades, and women dressed up like drag-queen princesses. I love it.
So...Scented Memory #3 is dedicated to the unique smell of Disney, whatever it is, be it carpetfresh, lysol, or the bouquet of a thousand disenfectants. No other place smells quite the same way and I love it. From hotel rooms to cafeterias, it is truly the scent of vacation.
Do you have a favorite smell that is associated with a unique place?