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Walt Disney World Resort: Behind the Scenes (2002)



Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Pells ...
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Jennie Hess ...
Herself - Writer, Fodor's Walt Disney World
Tim O'Brien ...
Himself - Amusement Park Expert
Cynthia Tunstall ...
Herself - Author, Frommer's Walt Disney World
Jim Tunstall ...
Himself - Author, Frommer's Walt Disney World
Marty Sklar ...
Himself - Retired, Walt Disney Imagineering
Richard Foglesong ...
Himself - Author, Married to the Mouse - Walt Disney World and Orlando
Tony Baxter ...
Himself - Senior Vice President, Walt Disney Imagineering
Eric Jacobson ...
Himself - Senior Vice President, Development, Walt Disney Imagineering
Don Partin ...
Himself - Engineering Services Manager, Walt Disney World Resort
Steve Spiegel ...
Himself - Director, Show Writing, Walt Disney Imagineering
Kathy Mangum ...
Herself - Executive Producer, Vice President, Walt Disney Imagineering
Tom Fitzgerald ...
Himself - Executive Vice President, Senior Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering
John Haupt ...
Himself - Managing Producer, Walt Disney Entertainment
Gary Graham ...
Himself - Entertainment Manager, Walt Disney Entertainment


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A Fun and Interesting Visit
4 April 2004 | by (Pocatello, Idaho, USA) – See all my reviews

"Walt Disney World Resort: Behind the Scenes" is just plain fun, particularly for Disney World fans, guests, or cast members (all of which I am)! This special allows viewers to revisit Disney World and learn more about it, such as its history and how some of the attractions work. I guarantee that if you're a fan, you will smile at least once when watching this special. I know I did after I watched it recently, and I've seen it around five times! My favorite parts of this special include its segment on Epcot's Test Track (an area I worked at frequently), how they approached George Lucas to become involved in the Disney parks, and the notion of putting more hotels on property and making them unique, not like matchboxes.

One thing I found interesting was how much credit the people interviewed for this special gave to Disney CEO Michael Eisner for revitalizing the Disney Company. As I'm writing this review, he is under intense scrutiny and criticism from Roy Disney and many Disney fans. I find it kind of odd that people are so willing to criticize Mr. Eisner for the box office failures of "Treasure Planet," but yet they don't give him credit for such things as "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" and Disney-MGM Studios. I, myself, am hesitant to completely criticize or commend Mr. Eisner on the successes or failures of Disney projects, as I'm just not sure what control he has over them. So with regards to the praise for Mr. Eisner in this video, I'm not entirely sure if they're exaggerated, but I find it's a welcome change compared to all the criticism I read about him on the Net everyday.

With all that said, this special is just a fun and interesting way to look at Walt Disney World. It can be a little long and repetitive (maybe because I've seen it too much), but it's still a great way to rekindle those fond Disney memories. Keep an eye out for it on the Travel Channel.

My IMDb Rating: 9/10

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