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    Re: Tony Baxter

    I've been posting this quote from the letter everywhere: "...it is the 20th repeat ride, not the first that is the most important." That right there sums up so many things in so few words that you can tell Tony got it. He knew what it was all about and what we should be striving towards. He will be missed, yet I hope he can still do some good from where he's going.

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    Re: Tony Baxter

    This is what happens when you're not treated right.

    It would be awesome if we could somehow meet up somewhere, with Baxter there and just celebrate his time in the company.
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    Re: Tony Baxter

    Best of luck to him going forward either way, in terms of getting to do the work he wants and some small impact, and keep up connections with the current Disney Imagineers he has generated good relationships with over the years. Thank you very much, Mr. Baxter, and glad to have met you in passing a few times!

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    Re: Tony Baxter

    Can anyone link to any good articles or interviews with Fitzgerald? I'd be interested to see what he has to say about things (not related to Tony or this recent happening). I've just only seen him on the Travel channel or Disney Treasures DVD's as well.

    Sad to see Tony making this move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skratch addict View Post
    Can anyone link to any good articles or interviews with Fitzgerald? I'd be interested to see what he has to say about things (not related to Tony or this recent happening). I've just only seen him on the Travel channel or Disney Treasures DVD's as well.

    Sad to see Tony making this move.
    Sure, here's a quote from a New York Times interview with him:

    "I like taking a good attraction and thinking to myself 'What can I add to this that would completely ruin it?'
    Sometimes it's TV screens, sometimes it's Toy Story characters, sometimes it's Nigel Channing. I just want to make everything as mediocre as possible."
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    Re: Tony Baxter

    Hopefully there are people like him still in the organization who understand what Disneyland was meant to be about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Apples4Disney View Post
    Hopefully there are people like him still in the organization who understand what Disneyland was meant to be about.
    There are indeed. Many of them.

    Whether they want to risk their jobs by openly expressing it to management is another matter entirely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by manifest View Post
    Sure, here's a quote from a New York Times interview with him:

    "I like taking a good attraction and thinking to myself 'What can I add to this that would completely ruin it?'
    Sometimes it's TV screens, sometimes it's Toy Story characters, sometimes it's Nigel Channing. I just want to make everything as mediocre as possible."
    :l thanks. Lol.

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    Re: Tony Baxter

    Response to his letter:

    From: WDI Communications

    Date: February 1, 2013, 8:02:16 AM PST

    Subject: Organizational Announcement - Tony Baxter


    We'd like to share that, as of today, Tony Baxter is leaving his role as
    a creative development executive to become a part-time advisor to
    Imagineering. Tony began his 47-year Disney career as an ice cream
    scooper on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland while in college. After
    joining WDI in 1970, he was heavily involved in the concepts for some of
    our most iconic attractions such as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Star
    Tours, Splash Mountain and Indiana Jones. He also oversaw the creative
    aspects of the "original" New Fantasyland at Disneyland and was the
    creative lead for our second international park, Disneyland Paris.


    In addition to his extensive portfolio work, Tony has long been an
    enthusiastic mentor to new Imagineers and will continue this mission in
    his new role. Like so many Imagineering greats before him, his
    creativity, passion and knowledge will have a remarkable impact on the
    next generations of WDI dreamers and doers. We thank Tony for his
    immeasurable contributions to the Disney legacy so far, and look forward
    to his next chapter.


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    Re: Tony Baxter

    Quote Originally Posted by AB Born View Post
    Response to his letter:

    From: WDI Communications

    Date: February 1, 2013, 8:02:16 AM PST

    Subject: Organizational Announcement - Tony Baxter


    We'd like to share that, as of today, Tony Baxter is leaving his role as
    a creative development executive to become a part-time advisor to
    Imagineering. Tony began his 47-year Disney career as an ice cream
    scooper on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland while in college. After
    joining WDI in 1970, he was heavily involved in the concepts for some of
    our most iconic attractions such as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Star
    Tours, Splash Mountain and Indiana Jones. He also oversaw the creative
    aspects of the "original" New Fantasyland at Disneyland and was the
    creative lead for our second international park, Disneyland Paris.


    In addition to his extensive portfolio work, Tony has long been an
    enthusiastic mentor to new Imagineers and will continue this mission in
    his new role. Like so many Imagineering greats before him, his
    creativity, passion and knowledge will have a remarkable impact on the
    next generations of WDI dreamers and doers. We thank Tony for his
    immeasurable contributions to the Disney legacy so far, and look forward
    to his next chapter.


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    Actually, that wasn't a response, but rather the actual announcement to which Baxter's letter was attached.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Apples4Disney View Post
    Hopefully there are people like him still in the organization who understand what Disneyland was meant to be about.
    If there are, they will likely be gone from the Company soon. It seems that any non-yes man is being shown the door.

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    Re: Tony Baxter

    Quote Originally Posted by HMF View Post
    If there are, they will likely be gone from the Company soon. It seems that any non-yes man is being shown the door.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HMF View Post
    If there are, they will likely be gone from the Company soon. It seems that any non-yes man is being shown the door.
    There are still quite a few within Imagineering who maintain the passion that Baxter has exhibited throughout his career. Unfortunately, most are in no position to make any significant noise. Those in the creative areas within the company may strive to incorporate their passion in the work they do. But, when push comes to company management, they just have to accept what is dictated.

    Baxter was able to establish a strong position through the years, but in spite of his talent and the potential for great future projects for Disney, Imagineering politics apparently made continued "working" there too frustrating.

    There have been others who have left, not because Imagineering actually showed them the door, but rather because they just became too frustrated with a political atmosphere that subverted true creativity.

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    Re: Tony Baxter

    This is a very sad day for the Disney parks

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    Re: Tony Baxter

    "Since early last year, I have been thinking about what I would say to all of you when this time arrived. It has been a wondrous 47 years spanning the opening of Walt Disney World to Big Thunder and Star Tours from Epcot's original Journey into Imagination to Disneyland Paris and Indiana Jones. The Imagineers I have known and shared these times with have provided invaluable experiences not to be found anywhere else on earth."
    It's rather telling, and also sad, that the Most Recent attraction on that "Wondrous" list opened 18 years ago (Indiana Jones). No other Wonderous Attraction openings since 1995 . . . . .

    Eisner and Pressler already gave him the shaft with assigning Tony Baxter to TL'98, and then ignoring him when they were working on DCA. ALL TO Disneyland's detriment. And ever since then Tony Baxter was never given another substantial project. Heck Disneyland is STILL giving Tony Baxter the shaft, by not allowing Tony Baxter a chance to redeem himself with a new version of Tomorrowland.

    Yeah, it's sad how Disney has treated Tony Baxter for nearly 20 years. But, it's also sad that Tony Baxter Decided to put up with it. Too bad Tony wasn't the one to give Disney the ultimatum (back in '95 to '98), rather than Disney giving Tony the ultimatum now.

    Going Forward No company is perfect, and like any other corporation Disney has its own politics and challenges.
    Maybe one day Tony will be able to release an UNEDITED version of that paragraph.

    This does remind me of when Roy Disney was forced off the Disney Board.

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