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Disney Weekend Links: Interesting Reads and More

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December 14, 2018

Here are a few items worth exploring this weekend regarding improvements needed in Walt Disney World before opening Galaxy’s Edge; bad news on Daredevil and Company; the big cast coming in “The Mandalorian”; Disney’s international leadership team; and 19 biggies at Walt Disney World coming in 2019.

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Disney Weekend Links: Interesting Reads and More

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December 9, 2018

Here are a few items worth exploring this weekend regarding ideas on saving money on Walt Disney World tickets; Walt’s birthplace in Chicago being restored; Disney dominating the 2019 box office; and what about those expected lines at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?
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Disney Weekend Links: Interesting Reads and More

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December 2, 2018

Here are a few items worth exploring this weekend regarding Disney choosing Google Ad manager; the House of Mouse’s share of Hulu could be getting even bigger; more on Daredevil; and “Wreck-It Ralph 2” at the box office.
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New Toy Story Hotel Coming to Tokyo Disney

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November 28, 2018

The building boon across Disney theme parks marches on with the announcement today by Oriental Land Co., Ltd. that it would be building a new Toy Story hotel in the Tokyo Disney Resort area.
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Walt Disney World and Hiring Military Veterans

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November 27, 2018

To its credit, The Walt Disney Company looks for opportunities to hire America’s military veterans.
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Disney Gets China Approval for Fox Deal

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November 19, 2018

The Walt Disney Company has received approval from China for its purchase of the assets of 21stCentury Fox.
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Sunday Night Links, November 18, 2018: Interesting Reads and More

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November 18, 2018

Here are a few items worth exploring this Sunday night covering Disney’s massive theme parks investments; a salute to Stan Lee; revelations about Galaxy’s Edge and more; and a look at the Skyliner gondolas.
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Sunday Night Links, November 11, 2018: Interesting Reads and More

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November 11, 2018

Here are a few items worth exploring this Sunday night covering challenges with the Millennium Falcon ride, hot dogs and Christmas, and Disney’s win on the ballot in Florida.
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Top 6 Points from Disney’s Earnings Reports

by Ray Keating
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November 9, 2018

News poured forth from The Walt Disney Company on November 8th, and it was all good for the world’s leading entertainment enterprise. But what was most interesting, or at least notable, for Disney fans and investors? Think vast synergies between movies, parks and streaming.

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Disney Likes Anaheim Results, So Far

by Ray Keating
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November 8, 2018

The Walt Disney Company likely is quite pleased with the results in races for mayor, and two city council seats in Anaheim, California. However, the final result is still not in regarding a vote on a minimum wage ballot measure targeted at Disney.

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Weekend Links, November 2-4, 2018: Interesting Reads and More

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November 2-4, 2018

Here are a few items worth exploring this weekend covering the sequel to Mary Poppins, Disney franchise flops, profitable Star Wars, and the line-up of holiday readers at Epcot.
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Fans and Investors Rejoice: Marvel Heroes on Disney Streaming Service

by Ray Keating
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November 1, 2018

Well, we’re getting a clearer picture of how Marvel superheroes are going to fit into Disney’s forthcoming streaming service, and quite frankly, it looks pretty darn smart.

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Disney and City of Anaheim Politics

by Ray Keating
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October 26, 2018

Let’s just say that things have gotten uncomfortable in recent months between the Walt Disney Company and the City of Anaheim in California. And now, on November 6, city residents will vote for the mayor and four council seats. So, what do the candidates have to say about the city’s relationship with Disney?
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Weekend Links, October 21, 2018: Interesting Reads and More

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October 21, 2018

Here are a few items worth exploring this Sunday night covering the upcoming slate of Disney movies and more.
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Disney World Continues Its Building Boon

by Ray Keating
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October 20, 2018

The building boon at Walt Disney World marches forward, as The Walt Disney Company just announced plans for a new nature-inspired, mixed-use resort.
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Weekend Links, October 13-14, 2018: Interesting Reads and More

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October 13-14, 2018

Here are a few items worth exploring over the weekend covering AT&T’s Warner Brothers entering the streaming service battle; Disney terminates luxury hotel; Fox ready to close Disney deal; and top Disney toys for the holidays.
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Fox Leaders Move In at Disney

by Ray Keating
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October 9, 2018

Disney’s new business journey, perhaps fittingly, got ready to set sail on October 8, Columbus Day. Specifically, The Walt Disney Company announced that, conditional upon closing of its acquisition of 21st Century Fox, key Fox personnel would be taking leadership positions under a re-worked Media Networks segment at Disney.
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Weekend Links, October 7, 2018: Interesting Reads and More

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October 7, 2018

Here are a few items worth exploring over the weekend covering a fascinating profile of Bob Iger; more information on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge; Disney vs. Universal; and Lilo & Stitchgoing live action.
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Sunday Night Links, September 30, 2018: Interesting Reads and More

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September 30, 2018

Here are a few items worth exploring over the weekend covering Kathleen Kennedy’s extension at Lucasfilm; Disney spending to stop gambling in Florida; new ships and destinations for Disney Cruise Lines; and celebrating Mickey’s 90thbirthday.
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Disney and Peak-Load Pricing

by Ray Keating
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September 25, 2018

On September 24, the Walt Disney World Resort announced that a new online vacation planning and purchasing destination will be launched on October 16 at DisneyWorld.com. Part of this new tool will be “date-based tickets.” We economists call this peak-load pricing.
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Comcast Beats Disney for Sky

by Ray Keating
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September 24, 2018

Part of the unfinished story of the Disney purchase of Fox’s entertainment assets was the battle between Comcast and Fox for Sky satellite television, with its 23 million subscribers in Europe. Over the weekend, Comcast came out on top in an auction.

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Weekend Links, September 21, 2018: Interesting Reads and More

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September 21, 2018

Here are a few items worth exploring over the weekend covering Fox/Disney’s battle with Comcast for Sky; perhaps a new Epcot nation; a case for Disney’s stock; and what’s on the way for Walt Disney World in 2019.
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Weekend Links, September 16, 2018: Interesting Reads and More

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September 16, 2018

Here are a few items worth exploring over the weekend covering Disney’s Animal Kingdom going cashless; pink slips at Disney consumer products; Jungle Cruisewraps; and a review of Aulani.

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Weekend Links, September 9, 2018: Interesting Reads and More

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September 9, 2018

Here are a few items worth exploring over the weekend covering Netflix hiring Disney consumer sales executive; Obama booted for smoking in Disneyland; assessing Disney’s summer movie strategy; and FX CEO on Disney and streaming.
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Weekend Links, August 31-September 2, 2018: Interesting Reads and More

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August 31-September 2, 2018

Here are a few items worth exploring over the weekend covering drinks at Galaxy’s Edge, a Disney court victory, great chicken, and the upcoming Disney streaming service.

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Weekend Links: Interesting Reads and More

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August 25-26, 2018

Here are a few items worth watching, reading, listening to and/or exploring over the weekend covering Disney saying “no” to subsidies; applications being taken for the Disney Moms Panel; and questions about decisions at Universal Orlando.

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Weekend Links: Interesting Reads and More

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August 17-19, 2018

Here are a few items worth watching, reading, listening to and/or exploring over the weekend covering a must-do list of rides at Disney World; tasty Magic Kingdom snacks; a list of everything(!) coming to new Disney streaming service; and Star Wars as a long-term investment.

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Weekend Links: Interesting Reads and More

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August 10-11, 2018

Here are a few items worth watching, reading, listening to and exploring over the weekend covering a nerd debate ranking of Marvel movies; push to bring back Guardians’ Gunn; max that Disney World vacation; Kim Possible news; and is Brazil coming to Epcot?

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10 Takeaways from Disney’s Earnings Report and Call

by Ray Keating
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August 9, 2018

Here are the big 10 takeaways from the Walt Disney Company report and call on its third quarter earnings.

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Quick Update on Coronado Springs Expansion

by Ray Keating
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August 8, 2018

What’s the latest on the expansion of Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World Resort?

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Weekend Links: Interesting Reads and More

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August 4-5, 2018

Here are a few items worth watching, reading and exploring over the weekend covering a hysterical look at parents at Disney; menus for the upcoming Epcot Food and Wine Festival; lessons in leadership and more from Lou Mongello’s interview with Dan Cockerell; and Disney vs. TNT/TBS over Star Wars.

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Disney and the Economy, Part III

by Ray Keating
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August 3, 2018

As noted in Disney and the Economy, Part II, there are reasons to believe that strong U.S. economic growth can continue, but risks loom, with the biggest concern being protectionist trade measures advanced by the Trump administration. A trade war certainly would be bad news for Disney.

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Disney and the Economy, Part II

by Ray Keating
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August 2, 2018

Disney and the Economy, Part I highlighted the good news on second-quarter economic growth and what that means for the Walt Disney Company. But sustaining strong growth has been a problem throughout this recovery/expansion. So, what’s changed to support sustaining solid growth?

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Disney and the Economy, Part I

by Ray Keating
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August 1, 2018

Walt Disney Company shareholders, CEO Bob Iger, and the company’s employees were, no doubt, pleased to see the report last week that U.S. economic growth was strong in the second quarter. Make no mistake, Disney’s well-being very much is affected by the state of the U.S. economy, along with a host of business and industry-specific factors and decisions.

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Brazil Foolishly Raises Antitrust Warning on Disney-Fox Deal

by Ray Keating
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December 4, 2018

Across nations and cultures, there is at least one constant, i.e., regulators’ inabilities to understand how markets work. Another case of this governmental shortcoming is on display with Brazil’s antitrust regulator raising concerns about the Disney-Fox deal.
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The Daredevil Test for Disney

by Ray Keating
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November 30, 2018

For those surprised by Netflix’s announcement that it was cancelling “Daredevil” after three seasons, well, they haven’t been paying attention to what’s going on in the expanding online streaming marketplace. The big question is: Does this mean that Netflix’s various Marvel series – “Daredevil” and Company – will suffer permanent deaths or be resurrected, like so many superheroes who have been killed off in comic books over the decades yet somehow come back to life?
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What the Heck is Disney Doing with Indiana Jones?

by Ray Keating
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October 25, 2018

When Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012 for $4 billion, the House of Mouse not only acquired Star Warsbut also the ownership rights to Indiana Jones. So, what the heck has Disney done since with everyone’s favorite archeologist? Oddly, the answer is: Absolutely nothing.
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Gunn’s Revenge on Disney?

by Ray Keating
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October 16, 2018

Director and writer James Gunn was fired by Disney, but now has the opportunity for a little revenge, as he has been hired by Warner Brothers to write a script for DC’s Suicide Squad sequel. Going to DC to get back at Marvel, or vice versa, has a long tradition in the world of comic books. Are we seeing it now in the DC-Marvel battle over big comic-book-based movies?
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Resort Review: Expanding and Refurbishing at Coronado Springs

by Ray Keating
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October 12, 2018

The Southwestern-themed Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World is undergoing a major refurbishment and expansion. I got a firsthand look during a stay last month.

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From Solo to Galaxy’s Edge

by Ray Keating
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October 6, 2018

After all of the dollars and cents are counted up, Solo: A Star Wars Story will go from box office flop to another profitable (though not highly profitable) Star Wars vehicle for the Walt Disney Company. That’s my prediction, and I’m sticking to it. And among my reasons are the Galaxy’s Edge parks coming to Disneyland and Disney World.
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Restaurant Review: Nice Touches on Old-Time Selections at Woody’s Lunch Box

by Ray Keating
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October 5, 2018

Since I was a kid, the grilled cheese sandwich – in all its forms – has been a favorite. And given that Woody’s Lunch Box is located in Walt Disney World’s Toy Story Land – that is, Andy’s backyard come to life – it’s fitting that grilled cheese options are on the menu. Woody’s Lunch Box offers delightful quick serve sandwiches, drinks and more. It’s tasty fun.

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Grab a Drink and Bite to Eat at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar

by Ray Keating
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September 17, 2018

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is a cozy place that offers the right mix of 1940s atmosphere, bar food, drinks and story to make for an enjoyable stop for some conversation and rest.
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Restaurant Review: You Must Eat at The Boathouse

by Ray Keating
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September 10, 2018

Disney Springs at Walt Disney World is jam packed with fine entertainment, dining, shopping and drinking options. On the restaurant front, The Boathouse, which opened in the spring of 2015, stands out as a “must eat” establishment.

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Does Disney Have a Marvel Comic Books Problem?

by Ray Keating
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August 31, 2018

Of all companies, few, if any, better understand the importance of storytelling than Disney. Nonetheless, a question looms: Does Disney have a Marvel Comics problem?

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Disney Says, “Take Back Your Subsidy”

by Ray Keating
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August 30, 2018

When was the last time a business asked government to take back a subsidy? I’ve been writing about such issues for nearly 30 years, and don’t ever recall it happening, certainly not at any major level. Until now, as Disney asked Anaheim to take back lucrative subsidies. What’s the deal?

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Return of the Fantastic Four

by Ray Keating
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August 24, 2018

The Fantastic Four – the “First Family” of Marvel Comics – have not been treated so well in recent years. But things just might be changing for Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, Ben Grimm/The Thing, and Johnny Storm/Human Torch – and their fans.

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Avengers: Infinity War – The Big Superhero Movie in Various Ways

by Ray Keating
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August 23, 2018

Last week, Avengers: Infinity Wararrived on DVD/Blu-ray, which gave me another chance to watch this magnificent film. Here’s an exploration of how it became the big superhero movie in assorted, wondrous and unexpected ways.

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Subsidized Hotel Battle at Disneyland

by Ray Keating
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August 16, 2018

One way or another, taxpayer subsidies tend to get messy. That’s even the case when it comes to an upscale hotel being built by the Walt Disney Company at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Or, for now, not being built.

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New “Popular Film” Oscar Category Good News for Disney

by Ray Keating
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August 13, 2018

More than any other movie studio, Disney has to be pleased with the Academy Awards’ announcement of a new Oscar category.

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Latest Superhero Movie to Top $1 Billion at Box Office

by Ray Keating
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August 3, 2018

It’s kind of odd that another Disney superhero movie just crossed the $1 billion mark at the box office, but the achievement hasn’t garnered much attention. And no, this isn’t about Marvel.

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Postmortem on Solo: A Star Wars Story

Star Wars Needs to Bounce Back But It’s Not in Big Trouble

by Ray Keating
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July 16, 2018

What happened with Solo: A Star Wars Story and what might it means for the future of Star Wars?

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Lessons in Business, Entrepreneurship & History

Bob Iger on Opportunity, Innovation and Where Disney is Headed

by Ray Keating
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September 21, 2018

Business, in the end, is about venturing into the marketplace, and finding or creating opportunity. Walt Disney certainly understood that, and the Walt Disney Company’s current CEO, Bob Iger, grasps it as well. Here’s a look at some Disney opportunities – including in regards to Netflix, Marvel and Star Wars– and related lessons given Iger’s recent comments.
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Experiencing Disney Customer Service

by Ray Keating
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September 13, 2018

When it comes to running a business, your people matter. As Walt Disney once said, “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” I was reminded of the importance of having the right people, with the proper training and perspective, in the right jobs when visiting Walt Disney World last week.
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What Was the Original Deal with the Disney Institute?

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August 22, 2018

The Disney Institute started out as something very different than what it is today.

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Tips from Uncle Walt on Entrepreneurship

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August 14, 2018

In many ways, Walt Disney was a classic entrepreneur. And make no mistake, even though he passed away more than 50 years ago, Walt’s entrepreneurial journey serves up lessons for your entrepreneurial and career efforts.

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On Starting Something New

by Ray Keating
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July 26, 2018

In the most recent episode of my Authors and Entrepreneurs podcast, I focused on some key points to ponder when starting up a new venture, using the effort to start up DisneyBizJournal.com as the main example.

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Disney Lesson on Free Stuff

by Ray Keating
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July 25, 2018

Visiting Mickey Mouse is always great fun, but it’s far from cheap. There’s no such thing as a free lunch in Disney World ... or is there?

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Experiences with Anti-Disney Customer Service

by Ray Keating
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July 18, 2018

Ever have one of those weeks when it seems like almost every interaction as a customer ranges from bewildering to miserable? Reflecting on recent experiences, it occurred to me that none of this would have happened if I were at Disney World. The fact that this thought crossed my mind speaks to the stellar reputation Disney has earned in serving its customers.

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About DisneyBizJournal.com...

DisneyBizJournal.com is a media site providing news, information and analysis for anyone who has an interest in the Walt Disney Company, and its assorted ventures, operations, and history. Fans (Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and more), investors, entrepreneurs, executives, teachers, professors and students will find valuable information, analysis, and commentary in its pages. DisneyBizJournal.com is run by Ray Keating, who has experience as a newspaper and online columnist, economist, business teacher and speaker, novelist, movie and book reviewer, podcaster, and more.