Staff Blogger: Noah Eblin, Video/Photography Intern

Imagine a magical place. Imagine a place where you can go to get away from everything. A child’s paradise, where there is fun, adventure and ice cream to be had around every corner. It’s a place that families wait patiently all year to vacation at. Where are you imagining? Disney World or Lakeside? Honestly, these places aren’t that different.

When I first moved to Lakeside to start my internship on a Sunday in May, this place was practically empty. If you are a guest, you might find this as a surprise because there is always something going on and someone to talk to.

But when I arrived, Lakeside was practically a ghost town. But once, Monday came, all of the people who make Lakeside run like a well-oiled machine emerged, frantically running around and prepping for guests to arrive.

This is where I first drew the Disney World comparison. I have had several friends who have worked at Disney, so I have heard stories of the “behind-the-scenes” aspect, if you will. And that is what I felt like I was seeing here.

I had never been to Lakeside, so I had no idea what to expect. But, all of the work and effort that was happening all around town, simply to make sure that people could have a good time and enjoy themselves, was very interesting to me. All of the construction that was happening moved at an incredible pace to finish on time. All of the gardening progressed quicker and quicker, with more flowers appearing every day. As a guest or maybe even a resident, you might think that everything just falls into place around here to create this serene vacation haven, and that is where you are wrong. But that is the magic of it all.

All of the interns get to see where some of the magic of Lakeside comes from in our positions, because we get to peek behind the curtain. But, I didn’t really get to see where the true magic was until I had been here for a little while and people started to arrive. I began to understand why Lakesiders keep coming back over and over. It’s the people you meet and the memories that you create and share. I learned that any place can be magical with the right people around you.

So what is the most magical place in the world? Disney World or Lakeside… Who knows! That’s up for you to decide, but I think that you all know which one has my vote.