Published: February 4, 2013 at 1:22 AMThank you, Tony Baxter, your attractions have brought joy to many people's lives and you showed that theme matters. Best wishes and don't go too far away...
Published: February 4, 2013 at 4:08 AMAgreed. Baxter is / was a brilliant Imagineer, and a true innovator. His legacy is secured and he will definitely be missed. However, I'd like to think he's leaving now because he thinks Imagineering is in very good hands. Based on what I have seen of late (Cars Land and New Fantasyland especially), I think he is right.
FWIW, I wish him the best.
Published: February 4, 2013 at 7:39 AMI STILL think that's Donald Sutherland :)
Published: February 4, 2013 at 8:36 AMIt seems like the reaction is a combination of shock and despair. I have no dog in this fight as I support no one in the organizational changes at WDI, but Tony Baxter lasted as long as anyone is supposed to in the job environment. The fact is he has retired. To say he hasn't and only he moved on to a part-time status is ignoring the truth. Perhaps the advisory role is a honest to goodness retainer to keep him in Disney's wings so he doesn't start working for the competition. Or maybe he is still valuable and they want to retain his talents. Nonetheless, he has relinquished his title and no longer influences the direction of the theme park even though it was evident that his reign has left a long time ago. My feeling was he was blamed for some badly received projects at Disneyland Resort although he was handicapped (or accurately "knee capped") by the executive leadership (Eisner). Such things cannot be fixed as they are in the recent past. People just move on. Eisner moved on with less distinction, but a good parting gift.
Published: February 4, 2013 at 8:50 AMThank you Tony for all of your great accomplishments. More specifically, two of my favorite attractions, Splash Mountain & Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and one of my favorite characters, Figment....A ride on Splash Mountain always puts a big smile on my face.
Published: February 5, 2013 at 9:45 AMSo Hes a Part time Imagneer Sweet but all i have too say is i loved Tony Baxter's
Thank You Tony Thank You