You can fool some of the people
Illuminations party was a blast. Thanks Kimball for the great job planning it
you are a champion! Even more fun than I expected. The after party was great
too. Thanks Suite for hosting again.
Even after these great parties the Imperial
entourage was not happy as we walked over to MGM the next morning. We were going
early and we were all pissed. From what we could gather on the internet Isaac
and the other Animation Academy artists had been given notice. Disney is going
to use trained monkeys tracing characters rather than real artists. That stinks
but even worse the manager who we sent their scroll to never told them about it.
Apparently she put it up on her wall.
Some fact checking was in order, but even so
the tribe was ready for tribal council and the name we were looking to write
down was one Ms. Gloria Hardee.
We went straight to the animation gallery and
sure enough our friends never got the scroll. They only found out about it by
accident when they saw it on a managers wall. The manager would not let them
have it and apparently only barely let them see it.
OK loosing a thank you scroll between
hurricanes is one thing; sloppy.
Putting something on your wall that is very
clearly intended for someone else is another. It is even worse when you keep it
a secret. There is a word for taking something that doesn’t belong to you.
OK who remembers the free management lesson up
there in episode V? Shining in the reflected glory?
Seems this particular person thinks other
people’s glory is hers. Probably because she adds no particular value to guest
experiences but deludes herself to think she does. Queen of the un-seen ones,
she is the exact end result of a selfish executive management roll model
manifesting itself in middle management. (A phrase that here means: a selfish
little Michael Eisner wanna be.)
Now I am a nice enough guy. Some folk’s think
the Evil Emperor thing is a façade. Well as long as you do things my way that is
true enough. Gloria was in the hot seat and not the one in the Millionaire game.
See I Fed Ex-ed the thing to her because she was the area manager. I was told
she was the area boss – so I sent it to her so she could congratulate her
people. And so it wouldn’t get lost.
I never expected her to steal it.
We went up front. Kelley was briefing the
other Imperial offspring. ‘Let dad do the talking, look cute and pitiful at the
same time if you can pull it off.’ I am thrilled to see how she appreciates the
importance of setting the proper stage. She will make a fine Empress one day.
Kim and I want our scroll back. We know
exactly where this one is.
I feel sorry for the poor guy I am about to
eviscerate. It isn’t his fault but he needs to appreciate exactly how pissed off
the Empire is, so he can communicate it effectively to the chain of command.
“Hi, I would like to file a complaint about a
manager of area nine, Gloria Hardee, who apparently has stolen the personal
property of these children (who are looking spectacularly cute and pitiful I
“The property is hanging on her wall in an
annex building. We Fed Expressed it, a scroll to her with instructions to pass
it to cast members who made the kids’ last trip wonderfully Magic.
“The scroll never got to the cast members. It
is on Ms Hardee’s wall. Since it wasn’t given to the people intended, it is
still the property of the kids’.
“We will be in the park until noon. We want it
back by then. I would be happy to resolve this here by then.”
The other Cast Members had that look of “Thank
Heaven I didn’t get this clown at my station!” on their faces. Our CM wisely
retreated for a manager. They didn’t seem to want to golf cart me over to the
OK I left my cell number. We were meeting
friends to play Millionaire.
We met them in route. Del was carrying a
camera bag. I haven’t touched one of them since his last visit.
I took a picture.
Kim and I explained the Millionaire rules.
Fastest finger; just push any combination as fast as you can. There are 600
people here so someone is going to guess and get it right before you can even
read the full question. This is how Delaney got in the hot seat. After that the
key is to click the right answer as fast as you know it, and keep clicking it.
You can’t hold it in, pump it. If it isn’t A, B or C start clicking D before it
goes up and the screens turn on.
The Imperial Tribe is very competitive at this
game. The odd children (number 1 Kelley and 3 Connor) were both in the hot seat
earlier in the week, in the same game. That was cool. Anyway a little
competition is good for the Emperor’s mood.
It would be cool to get into the hot seat with
my friends there. I am a good member of the audience and silenced my cell phone.
Well put it on vibrate. I was expecting a call.
Fastest finger is all luck, see the rules
above. I didn’t feel bad about not winning it. There is some skill in getting on
the top ten board. At the first break I was looking good, sitting atop the
Then my phone vibrated and I walked out of the
game. Pins, I got. I want my scroll back. It was the front of the park. I called
back from the gift trailer, they had my scroll. Outstanding! 30 minutes early
I walked up front and got it, apologized to
the poor CM who bore the brunt of my displeasure, for my lack of civility and
returned to Millionaire before the show got out.
Hey who’s the new guy? Turns out it is Eric
and he has connections. Good to know however it doesn’t sink in and I keep
asking who he is all week.
I showed everyone the scroll and with the
Imperial tribe set off to return it to the rightfully honored Cast Members.
Gloria chose to advance her career by firing
artists and saving a few pennies. I am sure she kept our letter and scroll to
herself because we made it clear we return and bring our tourist dollars
specifically because art is part of a quality guest experience. That is exactly
the opposite of the crapoola that she is selling, which is: that guest will not
notice if the people running the show are hacks tracing images.
Learn for history Gloria:
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of
the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the
- Abraham Lincoln
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