Originally Posted by Mr Wiggins
"D#%& it Ward, a man's got to have a few vices."
- Walt Disney
"I feel like there's something we're forgetting. ... Adventureland!"
- Walt Disney
Sorry, couldn't resist. I actually agree with most of what your saying. The Eisner, Katzenberg, Wells team was hired for one reason, to prevent a takeover and have the company broken up and sold off. That crisis was averted. A lot of good came out of that period and I want to give Eisner some credit for it but the way I see it, most of those successes should be attributed to Katzenberg and Wells. The evidence is that when Wells died and Eisner's ego drove Katzenberg out, the whole operation went off the rails. Eisner's ego was his biggest problem. It drove away Pixar. It made the Weinsteins leave Miramax, the company that they created. It's hard to say that Eisner deserves any credit for anything because he drove away so much talent because he wanted all the credit for the things they did.
The loss of Beastly Kingdom is easy to pin on Eisner. Budgets got cut thanks to the Strategic Planning division he created and one of the lands had to be eliminated. It came down to Beastly Kingdom (the #1 reason people said they wanted to visit this park according to guest polls) or Dinoland USA, which had an attraction that had a movie tie in for an immensely expensive film (Dinosaur)
that was about to come out. As we all know, Eisner picked the movie tie-in.
I think the most damaging thing he did was the way he changed the culture of the company. He took a company that was built around a collegiate atmosphere designed to lift everyone up to levels beyond their individual abilities, and turned it into a shark tank.
Originally Posted by lazyboy97O
Oh and this. And the ridiculous, "Everything must have a story" decree.