Monday, March 20, 2006
How Do I Hate Thee?
What? A picture of Mickey Mouse and the word "hate" in same entry? Well, it's not me. I personally have no strong feelings for or against The Mouse, but I stumbled across this blog written by a group of Disney Imagineers. For the uninitiated, the Imagineers are the people who create all of the cool stuff in the Disney theme parks -- everything from the designs of the parks themselves to the dirty details of the individual attractions. The blog is kind of an ongoing rant about how the parks have gone to pot in recent years. They write about the grand vision of Walt Disney (the man, not the empire) and the original Imagineers and how the parks originally served to transport visitors to different places and times. But now, all development in the parks is driven by marketing concerns and judged by how it affects the "bottom line".
I can definitely identify with many of their sentiments and I understand their positions. This is a group of people who are so passionate about their work that they would rather fight to make things better than just quit and find another job where they might feel more appreciated.
The description of the blog:
A forum for Pixar and Disney professionals passionate about the Disney Theme Parks to catalog past Imagineering missteps and offer tenable practical solutions in hopes that a new wave of creative management at Imagineering can restore some of the wonder and magic that's been missing from the parks for decades.
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: MGM Studios, Orlando, FL
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You can have all the free Nationals tickets you want. They play the Mets several times a year.
Of course, as an overpaid, underskilled player I will not admit that I know you or even admit to your existence.
I love this Imagineers quote: But now, all development in the parks is driven by marketing concerns and judged by how it affects the "bottom line".
I think he has been at Disney to long and does not realize that without money he would be out of a job. He probably thinks that the Seven Dwarfs are busy with a printing press in the Castle's banging out $100 bills.
No, that "bottom line" quote was mine, not the Imagineers'. Maybe I just worded it badly. I think the sentiment was that the "suits" were looking only at things that would produce an immediate profit and were ignoring more long-term considerations. Like things that might be better for the parks, aesthetics, and attractions, and therefore might increase attendance.
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