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Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Man Who Was Vilified

Throughout the history of Disney there have been people who have been labeled as legends, visionaries, and saviors. Others haven't been so lucky. Some people were labeled villains and run out of the company. In some cases the action taken against them was well deserved. However, in at least one case the label of villain put a tarnish on all he accomplished.

A lot of people talk about Michale Eisner as if he abused animals and murdered children. Is that fair?

When Eisner took over things were bad. For years Disney had been a target for companies who wanted to take it over. The movies were crap. Disney World itself was struggling to meet it's guests demands.

What happened over the next two decades? (not in chronological order)

1 - On property hotel rooms expanded from 5k to over 30k
2 - Disney Hollywood Studios opened
3 - Animal Kingdom opened
4 - Disney Vacation Club
5 - The Littler Mermaid released
6 - Aladdin released
7 - Lion King released
8 - Beauty and the Beast released
9 - Wonderful World of Disney made a comeback
10 - Revival of the Disney Parks
11 - Grand Floridian
12 - Wilderness Lodge
13 - Swan and Dolphin

How many people who are Disney fans today grew up in the late 80's through the 90's? My parents took me to the parks and movies during that time period. It seemed like every time we went there wasn't just a new attraction but ton of new stuff to check out. There seemed to be a buzz that you couldn't explain. It really seemed like Disney was firing on all cylinders.

I don't know where everything went wrong. It seems like you never hear the same story twice. What I do know is that Disney is around today because of what took place in the late 80's and through the 90's. There are a lot of fans today that became fans during those years.

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