Padawan Josiah and Jedi Master use the Force to Plus it!Walt Disney World: The story of a young Jedi's visit to DHS seems a great example of that sort of commitment to excellence.
From TH CreativeLast July, Mr. Niles asked me to write a short history about the Magic Kingdom. I struggled with the topic (it wasn't my best effort) -- mainly because the Magic Kingdom's history is familiar to even the most casual theme park fans.
Posted September 1, 2013 at 4:12 PM
Rather than repeat the stories of clandestine real estate acquisitions and mysterious "utilidors" I elected to focus on the park's evolution and how its operators and cast members worked to maintain Mr. Disney's commitment "do it (the Disney theme park) better."
In addition to making note of new attractions and the advancement of NextGen technology, I referenced simple tweaks. I specifically pointed out the distribution of complimentary buttons to encourage cast member/guest interaction (an idea that garnered a couple of negative comments).
But if someone needs to really understand the impact a personal touch can have on a family's theme park experience, consider the story of Josiah Edwards and his quest to attend the Jedi Academy.
Take a couple of minutes to read the HuffPost article. It's another illustration of how the themed entertainment experience goes well beyond million dollar attractions.
Before you read it, you might want to get some Kleenex.
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From Anthony MurphyLovely story!
Posted September 2, 2013 at 10:11 AM
From Mark FairleighWonderful story! Thanks for sharing it with us, TH :) btw, a commenter typed that a rumor was going around the Jedi-Master had been fired for this....that's just a troll being a jerk right? No truth to this I hope!
Posted September 3, 2013 at 8:27 AM
From TH Creative@ Mr. Farleigh:
Posted September 3, 2013 at 2:16 PM
I don't think so.
Follow-up story here:
From Anthony MurphyI think it would be a sad state of affairs if Disney fired the guy for this.
Posted September 3, 2013 at 4:18 PM
They literally gave a kid a plastic lightsaber with Darth Vader's autograph. The total cost to Disney? Probably less than $10, but to that family, it was invaluable.
From Mark FairleighFantastic, TH! Thanks! :)
Posted September 3, 2013 at 4:37 PM
From Will SullivanPriceless, more like, Anthony. :)
Posted September 3, 2013 at 7:11 PM
From TH CreativeUpdate: The Jedi Master has become something of a celeb among the WDW DHS CMs
Posted September 6, 2013 at 7:21 AM
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