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    Letter to Eisner re: 50th video

    I went to Disneyland.com and clicked where it says; "Take a sneak peek at what's in store for Disney's biggest bash ever!" to see the Quicktime video "50th Sizzle".

    They've used most of Walt's opening day speech in the 60 second video. Toward the end, I feel my skin crawl as I hear something I've never heard Walt Disney say: "...Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals and the Dreams that have created America..."
    They've digitally altered and edited Walt Disney's dedication of Disneyland!

    I've just completed this letter and I'm mailing it on Monday morning;

    January 23, 2005


    Michael Eisner
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    500 South Buena Vista Street
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    Dear Mr Eisner,

    On July 17, 1955, Walt Disney unveiled his dream and before the largest television audience ever, dedicated his magical park to “the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America.”

    I just viewed the video “50th Sizzle” on the Disneyland website and wanted to let you know that I am shocked, appalled and offended that Walt Disney’s words have been digitally altered and a part of that speech that I’m sure he put a great deal of thought into "...the hard facts that have created America..." was removed. I feel that this is tremendously disrespectful to the memory and the legacy of Walt Disney and especially insensitive at a time when our country is at war.

    I am disappointed that the Disney company would be so calloused as to digitally alter a classic piece of Americana. What Genius decided that they knew better than Walt Disney what to say in that speech?


    Disgusted,

    My Signature


    Am I just a nut, or does this seem somewhat heinous to anyone else?

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    They might of just edited it for time, but I don't know. Maybe you will get a letter back explaining
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    While it's a moving speech, I think the context is lost in relation to the ad. What are the hard facts he's talking about, and how are they present in Disneyland? You don't know, it's not really given in the ad.

    While you have a right to your opinion and I agree with you that Walt best knew what Walt was talking about, I think it's a little much to challenge someone's patriotism against them just for clipping out words in a speech. Then again, that passage was probably chosen for the ad to be just as exploitive, so I'll call it a draw.

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    You can go to this link and see and hear the entire opening day speech. They did seem to edit out a few words, maybe to fit the running time for the commercial, but I also agree this speech should never be altered in any way. It's a part of our lives now and every Disneyland Fan knows this speech by heart. Or they should.

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    Don't take this the wrong way. I mean It plays every time I log on to my computer, and I have to agree that It should never be dissrepected in any way.
    BUT
    For the most part there are no "hard facts" in Disneyland. They have all been removed.

    While its a move that I would never make, Im am not supprized

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    Yeah, I mean, think of all the other stuff Eisner has screwed up. This is just one of the many screw-ups.

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    I was told this was done to make the speech fit the running time of the commercial. I was not offended, and I'm a huge walt buff.
    -"We can see a new horizon...built on all that we have done..and our dreams begin another thousand circles 'round the sun!"
    -- Epcot: Illuminations "Reflections of Earth"

    -"...Each dream that you chase, each wish you embrace can lead to a fabulous faraway place...!"
    --DCA: World Of Color

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    I am sure they just used Dreams from another part of the speech as well.

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    I dont even see it at disneyland.com...

    EDIT: Wait never mind I found it
    Last edited by Ghostbuster626; 01-25-2005 at 08:36 AM.

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    Sizzle

    Of course there are people who care much more about the subject of this article than me, but I am just making a point of how good that commercial is. It made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, it even made Paradise Pier look good! It is a fine piece of filmography, and to top it off, Uncle Walt says a few words at the start and at the end. I'm not sure many people would notice three or four words missing - they weren't even particuarly important words, well to Disneyland and to the 50th Celebration anyway.

    Also, I don't think the blame can be placed entirely on Eisner. It seems that every single thing wrong with Disney is directly Eisner's fault. (By the way I'm not saying that the author of the article is doing this, it's just that he says this article is Eisner's fault and while we were on the subject....well).
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    Gosh, you people are like a bunch of Christians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheManator
    Gosh, you people are like a bunch of Christians.
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

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    I'm sorry Manator, but your avatar gives me the creeps
    -"We can see a new horizon...built on all that we have done..and our dreams begin another thousand circles 'round the sun!"
    -- Epcot: Illuminations "Reflections of Earth"

    -"...Each dream that you chase, each wish you embrace can lead to a fabulous faraway place...!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by AP2CM
    I'm sorry Manator, but your avatar gives me the creeps
    Why thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheManator
    Gosh, you people are like a bunch of Christians.
    So does that mean like you are a bunch of devil worshipers??

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