One of the theme park-related fallouts associated with the pandemic has been Disney's decision to suspend circulation of the 'Eyes & Ears' -- the long-running cast member publication. Although it has evolved over the years, from newsletter to tabloid to magazine formats, the largely a promotional device hyping Disney "news" and advancing company interests, is still one of those touchstones that breeds a sense familiarity among CMs.
Considering the number of cast members it's designed to serve, I would assume, in Central Florida, the size of the publication's readership compares favorably to most local print media. In my formative years living in 1980's Orlando, you couldn't visit a friend's apartment without spotting a copy sitting on a coffee table or bathroom floor.
And while it is/was largely corporate propaganda, some of the commemorative publications were pretty cool. In the past I've managed to acquire several copies of editions celebrating the opening of park expansions like 'Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge' and 'Pandora - The World of Avatar'-- gifting them to other theme park fans (including a couple of the TPI regs).
But for a year and a half, the presses have sat idle.
Here's hoping that somewhere in the corporate catacombs at Disney, a staff is quietly at work preparing a special edition to celebrate the fiftieth.Tweet
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