While I’ve Got You On the Line …

Thanks to all — and I do mean everyone — who weighed in on my last post. It’s been called spot-on, it’s been called way off base; it’s been called well-done, it’s been called trash. It’s been called interesting, it’s been called misinformed.Whatever your thoughts on it, I’m glad you read it, and if you added some comments, I’m grateful for…Read More...

Strange Priorities

I’ve been on some business trips the last couple of weeks, and while I was in L.A. I discovered that Disney is spending who-knows-how-many hundreds of millions of dollars to build a new headquarters for its most poorly performing division, the Consumer Products group. It’s to open in a few months near the DreamWorks studios, and will feature a…Read More...

The First Quarter Century

There’s a lot of reporting online today about Aug. 12 being the 25th anniversary of the personal computer. I’m barely computer literate, but it amazes me that just a quarter of a century after the very first consumer PC was introduced, I’m sitting here typing at a keyboard connected to a monitor and processor that were virtually unthinkable back in…Read More...

Not to Be Missed? Not to Be Seen.

Around my house, buying the latest edition of Bob Sehlinger’s Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World is something of a tradition. Even during years in which we do not travel to Florida, we like to read comments by Sehlinger and his reader-contributors about the latest attractions and changes in the World.When it comes to Epcot, we’ve noticed a d…Read More...

Baby With the Bathwater

Epcot had to change. Its very nature demanded it.Epcot’s entire creative concept was built around the idea that our world and its people changed rapidly, and that only by sharing ideas and cultures could we hope to understand and contribute to the future of our planet.Change, by itself, at Epcot is welcome and worth celebrating. For a while, it…Read More...

Everything Pixar, Cartoons Or Television?

**Travel, a busy work schedule and some personal matters have prevented me from updating this blog recently, but hopefully such a long time won’t elapse until the next posting! Thanks to all who have written asking me when the next post is coming.**—————————————————————-You’ve heard the alternate meanings f…Read More...

Fuddy Duddy Strikes Back

I’m not quite 40, but apparently I’m already a fuddy duddy. That’s what one of my blog readers called me last week (see comments in the post “All Princesses, All the Time).In my 15 years in the entertainment industry, I’ve been called lots of things, many of which started with the same two letters, and generally they’ve never gotten to me. For som…Read More...

Epcot’s Rewards

I spent last week in an unusual situation: I was in Central Florida and I went to two theme parks, but they weren’t at Walt Disney World. Instead, I spent my time at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.These are two solid parks. Universal’s evocation of 1940’s glamour Hollywood and its celebration of the movies can’t be beat. Up until seven…Read More...

Could Epcot Rock?

Sing it with me:In 1787, I’m told,Our founding fathers did agreeTo write a list of principlesFor keepin’ people free.If you immediately launched into a tune from your childhood, you grew up in the age of Schoolhouse Rock on ABC, and probably used that little ditty to get you through at least one or two tests in high school and college.Schoolhouse…Read More...

The Hidden Potential of Epcot

In recent weeks, Disney has introduced a new line of “Fairies” products, branched out into dog food and pet supplies, heralded the success of it’s “Princesses” line and shown the world how it can trumpet its “new” Pixar brand.Though there are some things that it does quite poorly, “branding” isn’t one of them. Disney loves to turn its…Read More...