According to our good friend Jim Hill of Jim Hill Media, former CEO of the Walt Disney Company, Michael Eisner, will be honored as a 2008 Disney Legend. While I expect a number of our readers to react rather harsh to this award, I personally never had a problem with Mr. Eisner’s work. In fact, I think Michael Eisner is one of the most deserving recipients of the award ever. He was a major part of saving the company from its near death in the 1980’s, and was responsible for many of the pieces of Walt Disney World we enjoy today. Under Eisner’s watch, blockbuster attractions such as Splash Mountain, Test Track, Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster, The Great Movie Ride, Star Tours, Mickey’s Philharmagic, and countless others were created. Let us not also forget that we may not have WDW parks such as Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disney’s Animal Kingdom to visit without him. Even better yet, we may not have ever visited a Disney park if Eisner and Frank Wells never came in to save the company from obliteration. With that, I say congratulations to Mr. Eisner, and I thank him for all the contributions he has made to the Walt Disney Company. Sure there were things that Mr. Eisner is hated for by this community, but I think the same can be said for anyone who has to hold an entire multi-billion dollar company together. I personally think he did a fantastic job and is a true Disney Legend (with the exception of Disney’s California Adventure:)).
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