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Old 01-05-2011, 09:17 PM   #1
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Will DisneyWar ruin that Disney magic?

The book DisneyWar has been put on a suggested reading list for one of my graduate courses this spring. Since I'm a huge Disney fan, that's the book that interests me most out of all those on the list. But will reading it ruin some of the "magic" of Disney? I'm one of those people who knows MK is one second level and that there are corridors below the park that keep things functional, but I'd never want to go tour them because I feel it would make the park seem too real and ruin some of the magic. I have a fair amount of Disney knowledge, including some about criticism of Eisner, but I don't want to read this book if it's just going to bash Disney. Thoughts?
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I didn't think so. I really enjoyed it but I have to admit that I didn't understand a lot of the business related details in it. There isn't much about the parks at all in it. It really mostly about the people and Eisner's relationship with them and how it affected the company-- really mostly about the actual business of running Disney. The "war" part is really about Roy's war to have Eisner removed and what all led up to it. Very interesting details about Katzenburg and what all went on with him.
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Old 01-06-2011, 08:35 AM   #3
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Great info - that's really helpful. Thanks!
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Old 01-08-2011, 02:54 PM   #4
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I think knowing the truth about the business dealings of the Disney Company may indeed ruin the magic for people that believe in the company spin. Walt Disney was a ruthless businessman and his tradition has been carried forth to this day. The Disney Company has always had a top shelf public relations department that works full time blowing pixie dust in every direction. It's been my experience that people that thrive on the magic can’t handle the truth.
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Old 01-13-2011, 04:01 PM   #5
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Absolutely not. To understand and appreciate Disney wholeheartedly is to know all angles. I didn't believe all things in that book, nor do I in most biographies and non-fiction books relating to the company. A book that is entirely the truth does not sell...but that one has sold very well because of the title.
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