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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 Creative
Posted September 1, 2013 at 4:12 PM
Last 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.

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.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sharon-kay-edwards/the-most-beautiful-ruined-moment_b_3806366.html


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From Anthony Murphy
Posted September 2, 2013 at 10:11 AM
Lovely story!

From Mark Fairleigh
Posted September 3, 2013 at 8:27 AM
Wonderful 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!

From TH Creative
Posted September 3, 2013 at 2:16 PM
@ Mr. Farleigh:

I don't think so.

Follow-up story here:

http://www.t-g.com/story/1979291.html

From Anthony Murphy
Posted September 3, 2013 at 4:18 PM
I think it would be a sad state of affairs if Disney fired the guy for this.

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 Fairleigh
Posted September 3, 2013 at 4:37 PM
Fantastic, TH! Thanks! :)

From Will Sullivan
Posted September 3, 2013 at 7:11 PM
Priceless, more like, Anthony. :)

From TH Creative
Posted September 6, 2013 at 7:21 AM
Update: The Jedi Master has become something of a celeb among the WDW DHS CMs

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