Mountains still under construction. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Podcast Episode #2: Organizational Lessons From Disney in 2017

Big things are happening this year–what organizational lessons from Disney will you be able to apply to your company in 2017?  Our second podcast notes five of these milestones, and discuss lessons you can take from them for your own organization. You’ll see that their successes and failures could teach you a lot about how you … Read more

Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Examining Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Pandora, the World of Avatar will unveil itself sometime in 2017. Now is a good opportunity to really look at what we know–or don’t know–about this attraction based on the film Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I’ve learned a few new things recently–and I have just taken a few unique shots that will help us better … Read more

A quiet moment at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at World of Disney, Disney Springs. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is Moving!

I learned yesterday that Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is moving from the World of Disney at Disney Springs, Walt Disney World. The popular attraction is not moving far. It’s heading to Once Upon a Toy, or to where that location exists. There are five sections to Once Upon a Toy. The last two sections have been … Read more

Imagine the demand to see a show and do a meal at the Diamond Horseshoe. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Five Hopes for Walt Disney World in 2016

Sixteen is my lucky number, so I’m hoping that some fantastic things are on their way for this next year. In my previous blog I noted the top 5 things that surprised me and delighted me in 2015. Let me share with you the 5 things I hope to see happen in 2016 for Walt … Read more

I used to host groups inside this restaurant, long closed to regular guests. But the building still seemed dead even to those visiting. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

5 Surprise Hits of 2015

Before we get too much further into 2016, I thought I would share my top 5 surprise hits at Walt Disney World. These are the things that I didn’t have too much expectation around, but inevitably found great value. 1. Anything to do with Disney Springs. Everything that Disney seems to be touching at this … Read more

Just what is the long term future for this attraction? Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Seasons of Capacity

It’s been announced that in 2016 construction will begin on additions to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Based on a variety of sources, let me try to paint for you what I understand will happen. Most of this has not been formally announced, and rumors are just that. But my sources are fairly solid, and as a … Read more

The sun sets as a new floating island is raised into place. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

The Engineering Awe of Avatar

Major strides are being made on the construction of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But they aren’t without enormous effort and cost. Over the weekend floating islands were being put in place to the exterior of the attraction. These are small pieces compared to the major segments that will largely cover the front of the building. … Read more

Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Happenings at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

There is much that is happening–and much that is not at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Let’s take a look at what’s going on. The Frozen layer has been removed from that summer event. That includes the stage in front of the Chinese Theater, which continues to get some renovations and additions of its own. It’s great … Read more

Avatar island attached to show building. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Disney Animal Kingdom Construction: August 2015

Construction continues at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Let’s start the biggest of all projects–Avatar’s Pandora. Now that the exterior of the simulator show building has been built, the front facade is being layered on. This will consist of a series of mountains and even hanging islands: You can see the structural outline of the mountain being attached … Read more