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What Would Walt Do?: An Insider's Story about the Design and Construction of Walt Disney World
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What would Walt do? He'd do it right no matter what the expense. There. Save your money and buy a good book on Disney.
The author's assertion that Walt Disney would have nothing but the best, at any cost of time and money, shows why Disneyworld was selected by Tom Peters for his work on "In Search of Excellence". I.E., excellence starts at the bottom and trickles up....P>As the author states in the beginning, this was just "a little book" about his experiences with the project, and I found it to deliver that story in an unassuming manner. I loved the working man anecdotes!
Although the author had never met Walt Disney who died in 1966, he learned through the leadership of Walt's brother Roy and others with long standing at Disney to apply to difficult construction decisions, union conflicts, contractor disputes, quality control issues the question: "What Would Walt Do?" In their considering that question, the ideal always sought was to apply Walt's standards of quality and safety to accomplish even the smallest details in the spirit of Walt's Dream. The ultimate compliment came on opening day from Walt's widow Lily who said, "I think Walt would have approved."
Other accounts of this remarkable engineering/construction feat may be more technical or more historically accurate. However, WWWD gives insight not only into the day to day operation, construction ups and downs, but also into the personal lives of the men and women who helped to bring Walt's dream into a reality. They were a very special team who soon realized that after the gates had opened, the Boston Pops had played and Mickey had paraded....they had left a part of themselves in the dirt, steel and cement that covered hundreds of acres of Central Florida called Walt Disney World.
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Again, I wrote this book but you asked me to review it. Honestly, I think the book has too much about me and needs to have more about Walt Disney. I plan to rewrite it some day.Published on December 11, 2012 by Travis McGee
I wish I had read the reviews before I bought the book. Any 5th grader could write a better book about this subject - all they would need is just a little research. Read morePublished on September 28, 2012 by farmer jack
I was pleasantly surprised by this short book. (Though I first thought that the author "D. Miller" was Dianne Miller, Walt's daughter. It's not her) Anyway, Mr. Read morePublished on December 14, 2009 by WCrandall
This is a treasure for anyone who is a hiddeen Mickey Freak. Lots of Disney behind the scenes triva. Read morePublished on July 19, 2009 by All-access Customer
I was a bit disappointed in the book only from an aspect of wanting to know more about the actual construction and issues that faced Walt Disney World's inception from drawing... Read morePublished on February 11, 2009 by Daryl O'Neill
Being a Disney fanatic, I always seek out books about Disney and Disneyland/World. This book was very interesting in the fact that it was more about the author's life during the... Read morePublished on May 6, 2007 by McGarret