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 moreThe Problem at Disney

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 moreSaluting Sheriff Jack Lindquist

Leading By Consensus

When you enter Tokyo Disney Sea, you are greeted by this amazing water sculpture. Its 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 moreLeading By Consensus

Queen or Snow White? Pitching In To Help

Some of my favorite attractions at Disney parks are the dark rides. And perhaps one of the most memorable has been Snow White’s Scary Adventures. I remember riding this attraction at Disneyland as a child, and being very intimidated by the experience aboard the mine car. I was disappointed that the attraction was removed at Magic … Read moreQueen or Snow White? Pitching In To Help

Kylo Ren on “Undercover Boss”

One of the biggest messages I share with executives is that they should walk in the shoes of their staff. They need to get in the trench and understand what their employees experience. So you would think I would love the CBS show Undercover Boss. Absolutely not! I think it’s one of the stupidest shows … Read moreKylo Ren on “Undercover Boss”

Facing an Uncertain Future at the Tower of Terror

Lessons From the Tower of Terror Are Just a Part of the Insights From My New Book, Disney’s Hollywood Studios: From Show Biz to Your Biz This week is the 25th Silver Anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In tribute to this remarkable park, we’re capturing some of the amazing details many guests never see. This … Read moreFacing an Uncertain Future at the Tower of Terror

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: From Show Biz to Your Biz

This newest book by J. Jeff Kober celebrates Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the stories, tales, and lessons behind it! I am so very excited to announce today my newest book, Disney’s Hollywood Studios: From Show Biz to Your Biz, published by Theme Park Press. I’m thrilled that it’s available in time for this week’s 25th silver anniversary … Read moreDisney’s Hollywood Studios: From Show Biz to Your Biz

New! Lessons From Epcot: In Leadership, Business & Life

I’m very excited about my newest book, Lessons From Epcot: In Leadership, Business & Life. Available as an iBook, Walt Disney’s greatest vision, Epcot, comes alive with powerful best-in-business and best-in-life insights. Originally available as an app, it is dedicated more than ever to being a showcase for new ideas, filled with stories, examples, and … Read moreNew! Lessons From Epcot: In Leadership, Business & Life

Tale of Two Movie Bosses: Louis B. Mayer & Walt Disney

For many years, Disney’s Hollywood Studios was titled Disney-MGM Studios. In the late 80s, Michael Eisner thought that the Disney name would not be enough to carry the interest of tourists who would visit a real, working studio. He wanted to link it up with a bigger name. In the 1930s and 1940s, the time … Read moreTale of Two Movie Bosses: Louis B. Mayer & Walt Disney

The Grace of Iger on Eisner

Last week’s Business Week interview of Bob Iger on Disney California Adventure once again showed how a CEO takes the higher road when it comes to dealing with his former predecessor. While being questioned as to why Disney California Adventure needed so much reinvestment, it could have been very simple to have slammed Michael Eisner’s … Read moreThe Grace of Iger on Eisner