A few on MC probably guessed I had a thread like this brewing. It is not a response to IASW or a critique of speicifc individuals. It is a complaint against WDI in general. As a child I really really wanted to be a part of WDI. I wanted to be an Imagineer. I also wanted to be a Jungle Skip, and in the end I wanted to be a Skip more. While working at Disneyland I was fortunate to work with WDI, and to honestly view them from the inside out. I learned a lot about how concepts are pitched, how rehabs are approved, and ultimately how things work. Sadly this view changed me, and I found that I no longer wanted this dream. The ideal, and the reality, were in stark contrast. After I left Disneyland (really hard choice) for my Dream Job, I received a tentative offer from WDI. I found it ironic that my actual Dream job corresponded with a Dream job I had previously sought for so long.
Here is my main complaint. WDI doesn't have a plan B. They constantly pitch a specific concept. That concept gets approved. Disney at some point cuts the budget, or actual cost supersedes estimate... and WDI goes into panic mode. One thing I learned from reading about Disney, he always had a plan B. He would do as much as he could, and if he had to cut back in one area, he would have another plan to spruce up another area without affecting the overall budget. He would make additions in hopes that the public would not notice the cutbacks. I wish WDI would do the same. As a Skip I was privileged to be a part of the Submit-A-Joke program. Skips submitted a lot of material. We submitted some things knowing they would be redlined. We EXPECTED them to be redlined. It wasn't a wasted effort. By dragging the bar that low, and allowing those sacrificed jokes to be redlined, it allowed other jokes to be approved that would otherwise have been a maybe at best. The same creative approach IMO should be used with WDI, always have several plans in your back pocket and expect the budget cuts. Plan for things to be cut out, and figure out creative ways around them.
For me, the Jungle rehab was a real eye opener. There was so much potential that was lost when Schweitzer Falls came crashing down. It was unexpected, it was expensive, and WDI didn't have a plan B. That is when I decided to create and submit the Jungle Rehab Proposal. It's sad when an average CM can submit something, and WDI's comment was "Why didn't we think of that?" Honestly, everything should have a plan B. It is the cost of being creative, to know that not everything will work out and some compromises will have to be made. But if they planned in that manner then Indy wouldn't have a dark room, and Rocket Rods would have had a lot more to it.