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Friday, October 15, 2021

Stan Lee on Work Being Play

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #171: Stan Lee on Play and Work – Want to get the most out of your work? Take Stan Lee’s advice.

 


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The Traitor: A Thriller Torn from Today's Headlines by DisneyBizJournal's Ray Keating


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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Walt Disney on Constant Improvement

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #170: Walt Disney on Constant Improvement – Walt Disney, a true entrepreneur, was always looking for ways to improve what his company offered.



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Vatican Shadows - A Page-Turner by DisneyBizJournal's Ray Keating

 


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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Walt Disney Says Get Out From Behind That Desk

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #169: Walt Disney - No Sitting Behind Desks – Walt Disney understood that people in business – entrepreneurs to managers – had to get out to meet and understand their customers in order to improve service.


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Check out ROOT OF ALL EVIL? by DisneyBizJournal's Ray Keating

 


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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Disney on Teams

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #168: Disney on Team Spirit – Teamwork is critical at Disney, but can anyone be a team player?


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What's the Deal with WARRIOR MONK by DisneyBizJournal's Ray Keating?

 


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Monday, October 11, 2021

Walt Disney Chose Persistence Over Peer Pressure

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #167: Walt Disney Chose Persistence over Peer Pressure – Walt Disney knew that success required persistence, and resisting peer pressure.


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill: A Last Minute Pick During Magical Dining Program

 by Beth Keating

Review

DisneyBizJournal.com

October 10, 2021

 

Orlando’s Magical Dining program was extended until October 17, a fortuitous bonus for us on a recent weeknight.  We had tickets for a movie at the AMC at Disney Springs, and since the lines at Disney Springs were longer than usual due to the 50th Anniversary celebration crowds that were still around, we decided we would be better off making reservations to sit down to eat after the movie, instead of doing our usual mobile dining order at Chicken Guy! or D-Luxe Burger.

 

For the most part, we were glad we did.  To be honest, with all the great restaurants at Disney Springs, Wolfgang Puck’s wasn’t really on our radar.  We probably would have gotten around to trying it eventually, but Orlando’s Magical Dining program did exactly what it was meant to do – got us to walk into a restaurant that we ordinarily wouldn’t have patronized.



Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill is a crisp, wide open restaurant with soaring ceilings, clean lines, and an open kitchen concept. The busy kitchen was entertaining to watch, but the modern “farmhouse chic” d├ęcor with its high ceilings, while beautiful, did make conversation difficult at times as the noise level was pretty high in the room.  On the plus side, our waiter was very good, with a cheerful sense of humor.

 

For those unfamiliar with Orlando’s Magical Dining program, it runs for a few weeks at the beginning of the fall each year, with a prix-fixe price for a 3-course meal, and a portion of the meal’s cost going to local charities.  It’s a chance for local restaurants to introduce themselves to new diners, welcome back previous patrons, and showcase some of their best dishes.  This year’s Magical Dining price was $37.00, with $1.00 from each meal going to Pathlight HOME and IDignity, combating homelessness in Central Florida. The limited selection menu was designed by Tony Chi, and was selected to highlight the best of Wolfgang’s signature dishes.



At the restaurant, the appetizer choices included Grilled Bruschetta; Caesar Salad; or Calamari Fritti.  Our table chose the calamari and bruschetta. The calamari appetizer was very good – light and crunchy, without the “too chewy” problem that can plague calamari, and was served with zucchini and olives.  The amazingly fresh-tasting Grilled Bruschetta was plated with marinated cherry tomatoes and an excellent, house made, fluffy mozzarella that was closer to a ricotta texture than typical firmer mozzarella.  The basil leaves that would be traditional in a bruschetta were replaced by a very delicate and lovely pesto sauce layered on a grilled oval of ciabatta.  A drizzle of balsamic vinegar added just a touch of tang to pull the dish together.

 

The Magical Dining menu offered a choice of three main courses, a Rigatoni Pasta; Oven Roasted Scottish Salmon; and Chicken Wienerschnitzel. We chose the salmon and the chicken.

 

The salmon dinner ranked as a big disappointment, however, and those who had waffled between the salmon and the chicken before ordering were happy they’d chosen the chicken instead. The salmon flavor was weak, and whatever distinctiveness it possessed wasn’t exactly a plus. The combination on the menu of Aguachile, Zellwood corn, avocado mousse, and cilantro sounded intriguing, but the execution failed the taste test.



On the other hand, we would come back again for the Chicken Wienerschnitzel, wonderfully crisp on the outside, yet still moist on the inside.  The cutlet was huge, and served with a yummy mustard sauce on the side, and as is traditional for schnitzels, a wedge of lemon to squeeze over the top.  The accompanying fingerling potatoes were sliced super thin, and prepared with a vinegar dressing, and dill cucumbers were served julienned, almost in a slaw format.  A marinated tomato mix finished the plate.  We are still talking about that Chicken Wienerschnitzel several days later, and would go back just for that dish.

 

Three choices were also available for dessert.  Spanish cheesecake, house-made carrot cake, and an ice cream cookie sundae were offered up.  We picked two of the three at our table.  The carrot cake dessert was some of the tastiest carrot cake we’ve ever had, and was quite a pretty presentation, too. The cake was airy, and the icing – always a biggie with carrot cake – was light and creamy, with the caramel sauce adding to the flavor treat. Candied walnuts were an unexpected addition to the presentation.



Speaking of light… the Spanish cheesecake was incredibly light as well, perhaps the fluffiest cheesecake we’d ever eaten.  It was not overly sweet, so the house made caramel topping added a nice balance to the selection.  It was an excellent choice to finish the meal.

 

All in all, we were glad we’d taken advantage of Magical Dining, and happy to have given Wolfgang Puck’s a try.

 

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Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.

 

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Walt Disney Rejects Luck

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #166: Walt Disney Rejects Luck – Walt Disney doesn’t buy into luck, and for good reason.



The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Walt Disney on Entertainment and Discovery

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #165: Walt Disney on Entertainment and Discovery – Walt Disney argues that the discovery of knowledge is entertaining.


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Friday, October 8, 2021

Eisner and Iger on Quality and Technology

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #163: Eisner on Disney Quality and Detail – Michael Eisner on quality and detail at Disneyland.

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #164: Iger on Embracing Technology – Former Disney CEO Bob Iger talks embracing technological change vs. protecting the status quo.



The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Indiana Jones and More Returning to Walt Disney World Resort

 by Beth Keating

News

DisneyBizJournal.com

October 6, 2021

 

With the COVID positivity rate in Florida finally falling below seven percent this week (half of what it was back in August), it’s welcome news to hear about some of the entertainment returning to the Walt Disney World Parks in the coming weeks.  

 

At our house, the return of the “Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular” at Hollywood Studios was cause for celebration, even if performances don’t start until December 19. (With the stunt show perennially rumored to be on the chopping block, it is a bit of a relief, actually!)


Courtesy of the Disney Parks Blog


Another relief is the October 14 return of “Yeehaw Bob” at the River Roost Lounge at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside. It would be hard to imagine Disney without Bob!  The piano man’s high-energy and rollicking performances are always a ton of fun for the whole family.  He’s been sorely missed.

 

In addition to Indy and Bob’s returns, a number of live performance cast members are showing up in the parks. On October 1st, the first day of the 50th anniversary celebration, the Magic Kingdom kicked off the day with a new opening show, “Let the Magic Begin,” on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage.  Mickey and friends welcomed guests to the park with a short opening song and dance number, a feature missing since the park’s COVID reopening.

 

Over on Main Street, Casey’s Corner is once again home to the musical stylings of its ragtime piano player, entertaining visitors several times a day while guests chow down on their favorite Casey’s hot dogs. EPCOT has also seen the return of some of their live performers, including “Sergio” in Italy, “Alberta Bound” in the Canada pavilion, and the “Taiko drummers of Matsuriza” in Japan.  “Chakranadi,” “Kora Tinga Tinga,” and the “Tam Tam Drummers” will soon be returning to Animal Kingdom. 


Courtesy of the Disney Parks Blog


And perhaps of the most interest to families with small princess patrols in tow, Disney Parks Blog has announced that Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom will once again be inviting pint-sized princess wanna-bes, and their grown-up sidekicks, to visit the Disney Princesses in their themed rooms, beginning in November.  The blog reports that while the visits will still be somewhat distanced, guests will be able “to have individualized time with some of your favorite characters, getting to visit with them in a themed location and snap a photo or two.” Though with COVID protocols, they still will not be able to collect an autograph or offer up a hug. Until now, most character sightings have been at a greater outdoor distance and unscheduled.  

 

In addition to Princess appearances at Magic Kingdom, November will also see Mickey Mouse back in residence at his backstage dressing room at Town Square Theater on Main Street, and guests will get to meet with him while he is wearing his 50th Anniversary EARidescent party clothes.

 

At Hollywood Studios, Minnie Mouse will greet folks at Red Carpet Dreams, and the stars of Disney Junior will meet you in Animation Courtyard.  And in case you are wondering, even though new character meet-and-greets are happening, the Character Cavalcades will continue to take place throughout the parks as well.

 

EPCOT’s nighttime show “Harmonius” has finally, after a years-long wait, debuted with the 50th anniversary celebration, and Magic Kingdom got a brand new fireworks-and-projections show, with its projections snaking their way all the way down Main Street.  Beginning November 7, Hollywood Studios’ “Disney Movie Magic” nighttime show will also return, adding a new sequence from Mulan

 

 Disney promises more news on live entertainment options soon.

 

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Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.

 

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Culture at Disney and Beyond

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #162: What Does Business Culture Mean at Disney and Beyond? – The Disney Institute offers insights on company culture and individuals.


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Disney Insights from Dave Filoni and Walt Disney

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #160: Dave Filoni on Being Time-Tested – Director Dave Filoni on your work being time-tested.

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #161: Walt Disney on Entertaining Children and Adults – Best of entertainment engages people of all ages, as Walt Disney showed.



The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Monday, October 4, 2021

“Venom 2” Assaults Ears, Eyes, Intelligence … and the Box Office

 by Ray Keating

Review

DisneyBizJournal.com

October 4, 2021

 

DisneyBizJournal.com Movie Rating: 1 star out of 5

DisneyBizJournal.com Box Office Rating:  $$$$ out of $$$$

 

Venom: Let There Be Carnage ranks as one of the worst movies I’ve seen … ever. And yet it’s breathing life into the pandemic box office.

 

While the first movie – Venom (2018) – was dull, this sequel is too much of an assault to be boring.  The noise is an assault on the ears. The abysmal special effects are an assault on the eyes. The lackluster, uninteresting characters are an assault on storytelling. And the story, well, is an assault on one’s intelligence. 



There was, however, one blissful moment in the movie after Venom leaves the body of Tom Hardy’s character Eddie Brock. Brock is soothed by the sudden calm and tranquility. I was envious of Eddie at that point. Alas, it was the briefest of periods, as the attacks on the audience quickly resumed.

 

Venom, of course, is a Marvel character, but the movie came from Sony. It has to do with the Marvel-Sony deal made years ago over Spider-Man and related characters. But subsequent deals, of course, brought Spidey into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, along with, unfortunately, Venom. And there was, in fact, the obligatory mid-credits MCU scene.

 

After seeing Venom: Let There Be Carnage, my initial thought was that Disney probably isn’t going to be pleased. Putting aside the mountain of ills in this film, the tone is strikingly different from MCU movies.

 

But then there are the astounding box office numbers for the opening weekend of this monstrosity of a movie. Venom: Let There Be Carnage broke the pandemic domestic box office record with an opening weekend box office take of $90.1 million. The worldwide box office, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com, registered $103.9 million.

 

By the way, Venom: Let There Be Carnage had an opening weekend domestic box office take that was actually larger than the 2018 Venom, a time when the pandemic was not even imagined.

 

What does all of this say about today’s moviegoers? Well, Variety noted, “‘Venom 2’ continued that trend: 62% of ticket buyers were male and 55% were under the age of 25.” Not only is that demographic less concerned about the lingering pandemic, it apparently is far less concerned with some minimal level of quality storytelling as well - at least when it comes to Venom.

 

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Sunday, October 3, 2021

Walt Disney on Entertaining over Expressing

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #159: Walt on Entertaining over Expressing – Walt Disney’s work was about others, not himself. 



The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Friday, October 1, 2021

What Mickey Mouse Meant to Walt Disney

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #158: Mickey Mouse and Independence – What did Mickey Mouse mean for Walt Disney?


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

ABC Two-Hour Special Celebrating 50 Years of Disney World

 by Beth Keating

News

DisneyBizJournal.com

October 1, 2021

 

A star-studded spectacular will air on ABC tonight, October 1, celebrating Disney World’s 50th Anniversary. Hosted by Disney Legend Whoopi Goldberg, the two-hour program is entitled “The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World,” and will offer up performances from Christina Aguilera and Halle Bailey, as well as the music of the “50” piece Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. 



In addition to the musical performances, the evening will be interspersed with historical footage, interviews, stories, reminiscences, tributes, and great Disney World memories. The ABC/2020 show was produced by ABC News and Disney Parks.

 

“This EARidescent special event will take viewers through Walt Disney World’s humble beginnings in the swamplands of Florida and its evolution into a cultural phenomenon,” notes the Disney Parks Blog. “Through an expansive look into the past, present, and future of the vacation destination, footage never before seen on television will give fans a glimpse into the journey to bring Walt’s vision to life and a look at plans for the future. The special will also spotlight some of Walt Disney World’s most memorable pop-culture moments, from the many sitcoms that filmed episodes in the theme parks to the conception of the ubiquitous ‘I’m going to Disney World!’ campaign. Plus, viewers will get a heartwarming look at how Disney and Make-A-Wish foundation have worked together for over 40 years to make kids’ Disney dreams come true.”

 

Among others, the evening will include appearances by Disney creators Kevin Feige, Pete Docter, and James Cameron; Walt Disney World Imagineers Bob Weis, Mark Kohl, and Ann Morrow Johnson; past and present Disney executives Bob Chapek, Bob Iger, and Michael Eisner; and celebrities Anthony Anderson, John Stamos, Marsai Martin, Gary Sinise, Melissa Joan Hart, Candace Cameron Bure, Tom Brady, Phil Simms, and Doug Williams.

 

Viewers can tune in tonight at 8 pm ET (7 pm CT) on their local ABC station, or stream the show on Hulu starting October 2.  If you don’t mind waiting, you can also watch on Disney+ beginning October 8. 

 

Happy 50th, Disney World!

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