Service With a Flair

We shared earlier an experience where Walt Disney himself demonstrated to Dick Nunis what a great trip on the Jungle Cruise was supposed to look like. That trip required slowing down in places where there was something to see, and speeding up in places where there was little to look at. One of those places involves … Read more

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

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

Provide Customer Options

Imagine you’re shopping at Bonjour Village Gifts at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Your eyes set upon some very expensive, but very delicate merchandise. You want to make the purchase. But is it worth hauling around? What if you end up breaking it while you’re carrying it from attraction to attraction? You could … Read more

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Rumors and Additions

Let’s visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You’ll be surprised that some new things big and small are happening. And while we’re there, let’s look at some new rumors: Addition: The Great Movie Ride The Great Movie Ride continues to be plussed on under the new TCM sponsorship. That includes new display cases with costuming and props from a very … Read more

Visa Abuse at Disney

New York Times is reporting that Disney has cancelled the layoffs of some 35 technology employees at Disney/ABC in the New York and Burbank offices. Earlier, those employees were replaced by offshore workers who had been brought to the U.S. on H-1B working visas.  Now those employees are back at work “until further notice.” All of this … Read more

Know Their Name

Know Their Name

By your host, J. Jeff Kober There’s something powerful about learning the names of your customers, and more importantly, getting to know them. This came to my attention when one day when we had George Miliotes talk to one of our business groups about best practices in world-class companies. George, along with chef Cliff Pleau, co-founded Disney’s California … Read more

More MyMagic+ Coming

In the recent third quarter report for 2014, Bob Iger discussed MyMagic+, mentioning that “half of the guests now use Magic Bands, and 90% rate it as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’.” First of all, I always tell my clients that ‘very good’ means ‘very little’. The only data that is worthwhile is ‘excellent’. That’s because when … Read more