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Disney University was the original Disney Institute

Disney University Speakers
More Spring cleaning yesterday.
Disney University Seminars
Back cover…Disney University Professional Development Programs…do you know how old this is?
Disney University Seminars
Also a long time ago. Before Disney Institute was a place, the Seminars where held at and run by Disney University.
Disney University Seminars
Before Disney Institute was a place, our programs were held at and run by Disney University.

Disney University was the original Disney Institute.

Few, if any, know this.

Why?

Because it’s not important.

But knowing it, and living through it, help me convince my audiences that it’s not the Magic that makes it work, it’s the work that makes it Magic.

The reason professional development left Disney University (DU) is that DU no longer had the room, nor staff, to train “outsiders”.

Coincidently, a new brainchild from Michael and Jane Eisner was the concept of “Smart Fun”.

In addition to Disney Adult Discoveries (we nicknamed them DAD Programs) and Personal Enrichment Programs (like animation), there was an opportunity to move DU Seminars to the new Disney Institute.

And that’s what happened in 1996.

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Disney Brand Loyalty Book

Are you leveraging your Founder’s Story?

Disney Speakers
A young Walt Disney.

Walt Disney said…

“I was all alone back then, I didn’t even have a Mouse.”

In his final years, “I only hope we never lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a Mouse.”

Morale: Can you imagine Disney without a Mouse? There was a time. So go easy on yourself when you’re starting out. And keep moving forward. A path won’t reveal anything new if you stop or only use the same vicinity.

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If Disney Ran Your Life

If Disney Ran Your Life podcast, a commitment

peace and contentment
Peace and contentment? Thriving? Balance? Who doesn’t want these things? Who is the world’s leading expert?

Listening to a Dan Cockerell podcast about balance while walking to the gym yesterday, a catalytic moment was presented.

It was in that very moment, while listening and walking to the gym, that i decided to commit to hiring Jody Maberry to run my Podcast.

If Disney Ran Your Life.

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Disney Institute origin story (become irrationally excellent)

Leadership observations
The CEO made some observations from our dinner outing (International Drive and the Orlando Eye) the night before.

 

Become irrationally excellent…i can picture Walt Disney epitomizing this notion.

And from that i give myself permission (having worked at Disney for over 30 years) to be irrational too.

Disney Institute’s history and origin story as told by Jim Korkis.

 

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In Fall 1981, two Disney College Program recruiters visited campus

Bear Grass
Bear Grass.

 

In Fall 1981, two Disney College Program recruiters visited West Chester State College (now West Chester University) to interview students for seasonal Cast Member roles for Winter/Spring 1982.

Guess who was one of those students.

As the interview concluded, i invited Judy and Gail to our Sig Ep MASH party that night.

You could dress up as a nurse, an officer, a soldier (say, Klinger), a patient, a local.

Two months later an acceptance letter arrived in a West Chester, Pennsylvania student mailbox.

Rather than pick classes for Spring Semester, i booked a one-way flight to Orlando.

With an Army veteran’s duffle bag and a decent (framed) backback, i found my way to Snow White Campground in Kissimmee, Florida – it was at the end of Seven Dwarfs Lane, behind the KOA.

Karma and serendipity rescued me.

i had no idea where the campground was, nor was i prepared to do anything but ask questions and bum a ride (hitch-hike).

Fortunately, the couple i sat with on the plane were intrigued and helpful enough to offer me a ride.

Once i got my key, found the cabin (with full kitchen), the next priority was a case of cold beer.

 

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