On December 4th and 5th, 2010, my family made a visit to Disneyland that we will never forget. Partly because we made a video of it and sent it all over creation. If you haven’t seen it yet, or if you’d like to see it again, here it is:
As it says in the credits, we were very much inspired by Matt Harding’s Where the Hell Is Matt video series, as well as Ellen DeGeneres’ non-stop dancing goodness. Much to our surprise, the video was QUITE the hit among our family and friends. So much so, it was shared on Facebook over 1,000 times! No, really, it was. Here’s the proof:
What was downright mind-blowing to us was that the video was shared by friends of friends, and even some of their friends’ friends I think. I’d search for “Dancing Around Disneyland” on Facebook and it would turn up on the walls of people across the US and in countries like Costa Rica and Italy. It was posted in different languages (OK, just Korean, but still) and, for the most part, all of the comments were overwhelmingly positive (a rarity for the Internet, right?).
At the suggestion of quite a few people, we submitted it to Disney, Flip Video, Ellen DeGeneres, and even Vampire Weekend, the band who sings the catchy little tune that just so happened to accompany the new Honda Civic commercial (I think we inspired them, even though their commercial allegedly started a few days before we published our video on YouTube). Quite a few people have said that whenever they hear the commercial, they immediately think, “That’s the Dancing Around Disneyland song!” and not the other way around. So there.
Flip Video was definitely the most supportive. They featured us on their Facebook page and Tweeted us (twice). We’re still waiting for our commercial deal though. We’re starting to think it might not happen though. Vampire Weekend’s band manager responded with a thumbs up and an account of his childhood visit to Disneyland. It was better than no response, or the dreaded, “Stop using our song,” but we were a little disappointed that they didn’t get behind it and use it to their advantage (at our expense). We’re still waiting on Disney and Ellen to call. Any day now, we can feel it…
As of this posting (1/6/2011), the video has had over 4,500 views. Not bad! OK, so it’s not 2 million. But it also has nothing to do with Justin Bieber. Hmm… maybe we should have chosen a Justin Bieber song? Dang it!
A few people have pointed out that YouTube’s count seems awfully low considering the number of times it was shared on Facebook, and the number of times these same individuals have said to have played the video themselves. It’s a good point. I know we’ve watched it at least 10,000 times myself (we’re a very narcissistic family). I suppose it’s possible that YouTube incorrectly counts the number of views via Facebook, whether unintentional or intentional, considering that Google owns YouTube, and Google and Facebook are sort of at war over the privacy and ownership of their respective “data.” Who knows?
Anyway, the best part of the whole experience was reading all of the great comments. People said it brightened their day, or that their kids asked to watch “the Disneyland video” over 10 times. Rad.
We’ve also received quite a few requests for a sequel. We’re thinking about a group flash mob version some time this summer. We’ll take Disneyland by storm! If you’re interested, let me know and I’ll definitely keep you in the loop as we start to organize it. Who knows, maybe THAT will get the attention of Disney or Ellen. Gotta dream big, right?
P.S. Just for kicks, we registered the domain www.DancingAroundDisneyland.com, which currently takes you straight to the YouTube video. What’s next? We’re not sure. Maybe a Facebook page?