Opening Day Euro Disney April 12, 1992 (by designingdisneyblog)
Nothing like watching this to remind me of just how “non-Disney” Michael Eisner was. So wooden. No connection with his audience at all. It’s like watching Donald Trump open a theme park.
When he said “To all who come to this happy place, welcome,” I cringed. Michael Eisner was not worthy to utter those words.
Eisner may be a shrewd businessman, and he did save Disney from bankruptcy…but in many ways, he’s also one of the worst things that ever happened to the company.
I once saw him walking through Disneyland when I worked there, and he was a jerk then, too.
My favorite Eisner story involves him finding out that John Lasseter was in the park with his sons. Eisner flew down from his Burbank office on a helicopter to be John’s “personal guide” for the day.
The day was filled with John Lasseter grilling him about why the park was not up to Walt’s standards. “Toontown needed a coat of paint last time I was here, and it looks even worse now.” “Why is the suspension bridge on Tom Sawyer’s Island still closed for repairs? It was closed for repairs last time I was here, too. Are you ever planning on actually repairing it?”
It probably didn’t help that this was about the time that Disney and Pixar were considering parting ways.
As word spread backstage about what was going on, it became a great day for those of us who were sick of watching the park crumble from the inside. It was also when I started feeling that the future may be brighter if John Lasseter is in the company.
Seeing Eisner in this video reminded me of why I was proud to drive into work every day with a SaveDisney.com bumper sticker on my car…the website that was run by Roy Disney and Stan Gold in an effort to oust Michael Eisner.
Of course, then Roy Disney started talking in the video and I just went ADKLJSHFADKLJHFDKLJS!
Then it was back to Eisner and I was bored and angry again. I’m so glad he’s gone!
And if you do think Eisner cared about Disney, consider this: When he left Disney, he actually waived his right to a Golden Pass, which would have granted him life-long admission to every Disney park. I can’t imagine a Disney lover giving up one of those.
An anon asked me to explain “The Michael Eisner thing” yesterday, so here’s my very special guest blogger post all about Mr. Eisner.
Hello, lowly bloggers. I, Michael Eisner, would like to welcome you to greet me, Michael Eisner, in which I, Michael Eisner explain all the details of what really happened when I, Michael Eisner, was still CEO of the Walt Disney Company.