Epcot82 has called it quits today leaving the Disney blogging community a lot poorer for his loss. As one commenter said, "Disney wins by being the brick wall you hurl yourself against until you
imagine that there must be better things to do with your time." Sorry to see you go Epcot82.
But things do change, albeit slowly and not always in ways you expect. For instance, the Submarine attraction at Disneyland was thought to be gone forever, but it has come back re-imagined as a ride through Nemo’s wonderland. Does it fit the theme of Tomorrowland? Not so much, but is it great to see that space busy again. You bet.
Re-Imagineering looks at how the winds of change have effected Walt Disney Imagineering.
For decades, the relentless expanding and contracting of Walt Disney
Imagineering has been explained away as "the nature of the business."
WDI (formerly WED Enterprises) has existed for over fifty years, and
has been conducting cyclical mass layoffs since the early 1970s. The
most notable layoffs have taken place after the completion of Epcot and
Tokyo Disneyland (1982-1983), after the completion of Disneyland Paris
(1992) and after opening three theme parks in nineteen months, Disney’s
California Adventure, Tokyo Disney Sea and the Walt Disney Studios Park
in Paris (2001 – 2002). Perhaps Disney’s twenty-five year massive
worldwide theme park expansion is taking a breather–providing us with
the perfect opportunity to reevaluate the validity of the oft-used
phrase: "It’s just the nature of the business."
But really what is the nature of the business. As Re-Imagineering points out WDI used to have more ownership of what was installed at the parks, now their existence depends on theme park operations finding a need. So now that a little re-organization has occurred at WDI, perhaps it’s time to take a look at the whole relationship between the theme parks and the creative arm of the company and ask the question, Where Do We Go From Here?