I'm not sure if this bothers anyone else... or if anyone ever really stopped to think about it. When Walt died a lot of those closest to him went out of their way to "Do it the way Walt would want it done". This can be seen, heard, and read in countless interviews. As time has gone on the "Walt would want" statement has become more and more broad... many times stated by people who didn't personally know him and barely knew of him. At the same time Disney has been content to exploit Walt's image within the park, far more then Walt himself ever did. I realize how tightly Walt controlled his own image, and how his image and the company became one. But Walt didn't have a statue dedicated to him. He didn't have Books and Movies about him sold in every shop. There are pictures and there are autographs, but nothing on the level of what is produced today. Walt has become yet another character in the Disney empire.
What bothers me is that Disney is now using his image to reshape DCA. Again, those who barely know him are content to say what he would and would not have wanted. I'm not shocked... stunned would be a better word... stunned that the opening of DCA will be "How Walt saw Buena Vista when he stepped off the train". It seems like the farther they stray from what many percieve to be his "visions" the more they cling to his image to rationalize their decisions. I personally think it is wrong that they are tying him so directly to a land with the hope that his image will help it succeed. I can't wait for the array of Buena Vista merchandise in the stores Walt would have seen when he stepped off the train.