Fifteen years ago, Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened as Walt Disney World’s fourth gate. We interviewed Rick Barongi who was the first major animal care expert that came aboard this project in its infancy. Click here to take a look at the history of how this spectacular park came to be.
by J. Jeff Kober Events yesterday at the Boston Marathon, along with events only a few months ago in Newtown, Connecticut, have caused all of us to stop and consider the good and bad of the world we live in. There has been much comment and even debate in the social media networks. But sometimes, … Read more
By J. Jeff Kober What if a billion dollars fixed your customer’s biggest complaint? And it also made you money, reduced labor, and created greater guest satisfaction? Call it Next Gen, My Disney Experience, or MagicPlus. Disney’s been working on a high-tech project that’s about to be released in a major way over the weeks, … Read more
I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1972, in fifth grade, I went to Disneyland. We didn’t go in the summer following 6th grade, so I saved my money working lawn jobs and paid for my family to go on vacation to Disneyland at age 12. We stayed at the brand new Howard Johnson Hotel … Read more
There is no question that Big Thunder Mountain is one of the Magic Kingdom’s most popular attractions at Walt Disney World–if not the most popular. It represents so much of what Disney does well–a fun coaster attraction set in the theme of canyons found in southern Utah. It’s pure western charm and folklore and yet, … Read more
There is a lot of buzz going around with respect to Disney NextGen, My Magic+, and other interactive elements that are going into the Disney Parks. Much of it has to do with the My Disney Experience website and mobile app, along with the wrist bands that, among other things, serve as a room key, … Read more
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 more
Earlier this week, Kevin Yee wrote an extensive piece about the challenges facing Walt Disney World. Most responses agree with what Kevin has written. I think Kevin is articulate and a better writer than I will ever be. I also wish I could come up with some of the clever statements he does, like the … Read more
Walt said that “Disneyland will never be complete as long as there is imagination left in the world.” Since the mighty Matterhorn addition in 1959, Disney parks have been adding in a major way. Take a look at those biggest additions made over the years. Then take a look at 2012. It may well be the … Read more
Check out my detailed look at the new queue for Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid. It’s part of the New Fantasyland premiering at the Magic Kingdom! Click here to see more!