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YOU CAN’T SPELL ‘DREAMFINDER’ WITHOUT M-E-R-I-D-A…

While interacting with theme park guests, a performer is apt to hear the same three or four comments from just about everyone they meet. After all, the guests are reacting to the same thing in the same environment… and people … Continue reading

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Writing Great Themed Shows 2

DON’T WASTE MY TIME To a Guest the only thing more precious than their money is their time. They have only so long before the park closes (or the children implode) and there are (hopefully) so many rides and shows … Continue reading

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Writing Great Themed Shows 1

One of my earliest Disney memories is the Character Shows at Carnation Plaza Gardens, what I call the ‘Where’s Mickey?’ shows because they all seemed to have the same plot: all The Gang is here, except – Where’s Mickey?! Then … Continue reading

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55 – What I Got for Christmas

On the second Santa-tastic day, I walk into the studio to see the Extravaganza. First, a stroll down Hollywood Boulevard. Much had been made in the meeting of the light designs that would enhance the facades along the Park’s main … Continue reading

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48 – Part-Time Manager, Full-Time Fan

The night before Universal Florida opens is damp and misty. The Park is getting it’s final going over. Since all the attractions are either indoors or behind the scenes whatever desperation is going on (and there is plenty) is hidden … Continue reading

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35 – Representin’

Being the only EPCOT Center characters (that weren’t wired to the floor), it fell to us to make the rounds of press and public events before and during opening. We were usually accompanied by a Kodak Representative, but when it … Continue reading

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32 – Defining Themed Entertainment

Here’s the thing about themed entertainment: We deal creatively with operational reality. We have to embrace all the challenges and problems and limitations and use them to create magic. Today I’m going to tell you a story of how I … Continue reading

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