Innovating Relentlessly: Epcot’s Opportunity

In a recent interview by Eyes and Ears–Disney’s internal newsletter–Bob Chapek identified four key strategies: Reinforcing the Disney Brand Connecting Guests to Key Franchises Extending the Reach of the Disney Brand Innovating Relentlessly. With respect to the latter, he noted “…in order for us to stay ahead, we must innovate relentlessly and with the clear … Read more

This honorary window at Disneyland celebrates Jack's contribution to the park. Note that he was a "Jack of all trades, Master of fun." Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

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

Who at City Hall at Hong Kong Disneyland is really determining the park's future? Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Disney Parks Compete in Asia

Albert Cheng, columnist for the Hong Kong Economic Journal asked some interesting questions about Disneyland Hong Kong in a recent article. In his column he notes the following: Hong Kong last year had 50 million visitors–a number to be envied by most any city in the world. Visitor spending in Hong Kong was up last … Read more

The banks of the Rivers of America in a quieter moment. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Lessons From The Annual Canoe Races

As a new Disney cast member, I remember anticipating my first canoe race. Dozens of teams would sign up, usually from different parts of the operation. There would be some group representing Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, one group of French┬ácast members from World Showcase, while another group represented cast members from the Jungle Cruise. I … Read more

The AquaSphere. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Leading By Consensus

When you enter Tokyo Disney Sea, you are greeted by this amazing water sculpture. It’s title is AquaSphere, and it’s a symbolic reminder that you are entering a park dedicated to fantastic harbors across the globe. In their own humble history of their organization, the Oriental Land Company, or OLC, shares a little story about … Read more

In some ways, Mary's depiction is one of children coming together. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Do You Know Who Created The Grand Canyon Mural?

That was the question asked by a friendly┬áCast Member as I was trying to get a bite to eat the other night over at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. It is one of the largest iconic pieces found on Walt Disney World, standing at 90 feet high. Standing at the Contempo Cafe I was admiring the nuances … 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 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 blocked … Read more