With the release of the critically acclaimed Wall-E, Disney has offered another gem from its acquisition of Pixar. When Disney acquired Pixar in 2005 for
The answer is not as obvious as you’d think! Imagineers and Cast Members (and occasionally guests!) add new Hidden Mickeys from time to time in all the Disney parks. Imagineer-added Hidden Mickeys will stick around, of course, unless the area is refurbished and the image is lost (again, this removal is approved by the Imagineers).
With the recent re-opening of Spaceship Earth, I thought it was a good time to look into how the relationship between Disney and Siemens formed to refurbish and transform one of the most famous of all Disney Icons. To get a look into the inner workings, I spoke with Jack Bergen, the Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Siemens.
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Chris Xuereb, and I am 26 year old New Yorker and law student. Yes, I know what you are thinking: the only thing worse than a lawyer is a law student, and honestly, for the most part that is true. But I am also a Disney fan as well, so that should redeem me a little. Great, we know a little bit about me, but why am I writing? Well, I love the Disney World Trivia Site and Forums. Mainly because I love the interaction and the learning. I also love to hear new viewpoints and to try to look at things in a different light. That’s when I realized that there was an area of "Disney" which needs a little more discussion by us Disney World fans, and that’s The Walt Disney Company itself. No, I don’t want to talk about forward price to earning ratios or trailing annual dividend yields (although there may be an appropriate context for that). No, I want to talk about Disney business: what is going on that will affect the Disney fan and the Walt Disney World Resort directly. For example, if there is a promotion of someone in the managerial structure of the parks or in the resorts, we want to find out who this person is and how they think. If they hired a new office manager at your job, wouldn’t you want to find out as much as possible about that person upfront, rather than waiting until he or she removes the free coffee machine to ask about them? It just makes sense (and I wouldn’t be going out on a limb to say that some Disney fans probably care more about Disney than their job). The business-news-as-it-affects-the-average-fan is what I want to write about and hopefully open up discussions about. I have already put out some email "feelers"Â and in the future, I think can bring some great content to you, the reader. Up Next: A review of the March 6 annual shareholder meeting, and what we can learn from it!
Looking Back and Forward
In January 2007, I had reached a critical stage in my life. I was 28 years old, a successful Attorney with a beautiful wife, and if I didn’t make some big changes soon, I had very serious doubts that I’d live until age 40.
Maybe I’m old school. Maybe I’m stubborn. Or maybe I just appreciate a superb attraction name when I see one: Countdown to Extinction
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Since I am a huge Disney nut and I’ve been to Walt Disney World countless times, it’s safe to say that I don’t really think too much about the actual attractions’ names anymore.