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Walt Disney inspires blogging


I mean seriously, it’s just a haircut.

There are as many reasons to focus on excellence, as there are to not focus.

So who’s right?

Is it those crazy, fanatical people who only settle for excellence?

Or those that say life is too short to worry about all that?

What do you think?

Which one are you?

Why?

Walt Disney Quality

Hidden Mickey

Fortune Magazine recently ranked the Walt Disney Company number one for quality.

Intel was number two.  UPS number three.  Apple number four.

Big names.  High expectations.  Focused on excellence.  Every single day.

What does that mean to you and me?

Disney’s Jungle Cruise Attraction

Here’s a Disneyland You Tube Jungle Cruise Video, reportedly from 1956.

Fast forward to January 1982. Orlando, Florida. Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park. Straw hat, 100% polyester Disney costume, Disney haircut, Disney smile, ten-minute Disney spiel in hand.

Humor was not the focus in 1956, as it was when I was a Disney Jungle Cruise Skipper, “jungle jeff“, at The Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom Park in 1982.

Most Jungle Cruise Skippers added a word, like “jungle” in front of their real name, as part Disney tradition and part Disney show. All these years later, it still means something.  FUN!

Biggest Disney Fan?

Annual Passes for 26 Years
Annual Passes for 26 Years

Who’s the biggest Disney fan you know?

Maybe it’s yourself.  Maybe a neighbor.  Or a colleague, friend or family member.

For me, it’s me. My younger sister is right up there too.  Maybe it was growing up in small town America watching Walt Disney on Sunday nights in our living room.

Or maybe it was listening to the Disney vinyl albums – the Disney Classic stories, brought to life through the stereo speakers and our own vivid imaginations.

There were no VHS Disney movies.  There were no Disney DVD’s.  No Blue Ray. Only albums and imagination. And Walt Disney, the man, on Sunday nights.

Here are several Orlando Sentinel Links to recent breaking Disney News:

  1. 3D Model Shows Fantasyland expansion at Magic Kingdom
  2. Pictures of new Fantasyland at Walt Disney World
  3. Compare Current with Future Fantasyland
  4. Pictures of Fantasyland and Mickey’s Toontown Fair

Walt Disney inspires people every single day.  Some people, like my sister and me, are even inspired daily.

Thought you might enjoy these.  On a scale of 1-10, with ten the biggest, how big of a Disney fan are you?

Walt Disney Said

A Dreamer, and, A Doer
A Dreamer, and, A Doer

Walt Disney said many profound things. There are few on Earth that think Walt Disney was stupid and misguided.

Are you a Walt Disney fan? I mean, a fan of the man, the dreamer and doer?

After several days of long jungle jeff blog posts, I’m cutting this one short with a simple and profound Walt Disney quote, which summarizes how I want to think in 2010:

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

In 2010, let’s pursue the dreams we’ve always had, but have not yet made our dramatic leap. Ya with me?