J. Jeff Kober Introduction

Facebook Live Event #1: J Jeff Kober Introduction

Thanks for joining me for my first Disney at Work Facebook Live Event. Just like Walt Disney would introduce his TV show from his office (albeit it was a re-creation on a soundstage), I wanted to use this first event to introduce or re-introduce myself. And I thought the best place to do it was … Read more

Perspectives for 2017 From Walt Disney

Happy 2017! A new year offers an opportunity to reflect about our accomplishments, and to think about the year ahead. One of my Christmas gifts this year is a copy of Jim Korkis’s new book, Walt’s Words: Quotations of Walt Disney with Sources! I’ve had other Disney-produced publications that shared any number of quotations by Walt … Read more

Bob Iger, Sushi, and Excellence at Disney

Bob Iger: Showman of the Year Congratulations to Bob Iger, who has just been named Variety’s Showman of the Year. Variety did the kind of interview I would want to have with Bob Iger. It covered important issues that needed addressing. I strongly encourage studying all of it. As CEO of The Walt Disney Company, Bob … Read more

Monorails and The Powers That Be

A 45 Year Old Gem: The Walt Disney World Monorail As Walt Disney World celebrates its 45th anniversary this year, so does its legendary monorail system. The thread of the “Vacation Kingdom” was and in many ways still is the monorail system. It was usually the first “wow” guests had when they visited this East coast version of … Read more

Safety at Disney: Is There a Problem?

It’s been a long summer at the house of the Mouse. And the real culprit seems to center around safety at Disney. In what should have been a blockbuster summer of opening several shows and  attractions such as the new Soarin’ Around the World, Frozen Ever After, Friendship Faire and Rivers of Light, the advent of these … Read more

Building Advocates

I mentioned in a previous post how Jane Goodall’s work in Africa with primates was showcased in a 1963 edition of National Geographic along with Walt Disney. That combination would come again in the early days of Disney’s Animal Kingdom development. One of the things that Disney learned in the wake of its failed attempt … Read more

The Problem at Disney

The Problem at Disney

What is the problem at Disney? Internal sources at Disney say that nearly every inch of concrete at Shanghai Disneyland has been torn up three times to get things right, causing an increase in costs and a delay in schedule. Still, I look at new photos daily of Shanghai Disneyland. I studied the exhibit carefully … Read more

Monsters Inc Disney’s Hollywood Studios

With much of the backlot being demolished, I thought it well to pay tribute to a very cute set of props that made up the Open House queue at the Monsters Inc meet and greet at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. A few may remember that prior to being used for this meet ‘n’ greet, the location was … Read more

Saluting Sheriff Jack Lindquist

The passing of Jack Lindquist this week brings to my mind one of my favorite stories about this man who is heralded for his involvement in Disneyland–even being its first president. But this tale comes from the opening days of Walt Disney World, where all hands were needed–including Jack’s. In olden days, frontier towns like … Read more