Okay, so here's a question I am throwing open for discussion. With the acquisition of Pixar and all the related changes that are coming with that, can one argue that "Save Disney" as articulated by Roy Disney and Stanley Gold is now accomplished? Some points:
1) "Save Disney" said that the WDC needed new leadership. Eisner is gone, and Iger has clearly demonstrated that he is willing to make different decisions than Eisner and chart new paths. In addition, Steve Jobs has now been added to the Board of Directors and while he has his own controversies, he is certainly known to value creativity and innovation.
2) "Save Disney" said that Feature Animation had been abandoned by WDC. The acquisition of Pixar was done because, Iger's words, they needed to revitalize animation, which he called the "heart and soul" of the company. The change is so radical that Ed Catmull and John Lasseter will now oversee all of WDFA, and report directly to Iger and Dick Cook.
3) "Save Disney" said that new theme parks were built on the cheap and new attractions lacked imagination or innovation. Pre-Pixar buyout, WDC was already saying that their new focus was to enhance the existing parks, not open new gates at DLR or WDW. Matt Ouimet rec'd very high marks from fans for "rehabbing" DL for the 50th anniversary. Now, they have given Lasseter an oversight role over WDI, again reporting directly to Iger.
Now, we do not know how these changes will play out over the next year, five years, ten years or beyond. We do not know if they will be successful, etc. Obviously, not every single change that every fan would want will be made. But, it seems that the core concerns of the Save Disney campaign have been addressed, and Iger deserves a huge amount of credit for very quickly putting a new vision in place for the future of WDC.
I'd love to read other people's response to this.