It’s not the Magic

Disney Service Keynote Speakers
Eventually, everyone knows it’s a Disney character, but may not know which one.

It’s not the Magic that makes it work, it’s the work that makes it Magic.

Jody Maberry arrives in 36 hours for Lee Cockerell’s Orlando Mastermind event on Saturday. He’s arriving a day early to record a bunch of If Disney Ran Your Life podcasts with at Walt Disney World.

Here’s a rough agenda:

  • Casting – even though i was interviewed in Pennsylvania in 1981, and in 1984, the Casting Center was in the DISC Building by Disney University
  • Disney University – official first day as a Cast Member (CM), and second job at Cast Activities in 1982)
  • Jungle Cruise – very first role in the show 1982
  • Mickey’s Retreat 1982
  • River Country (RC), first job as a full-time, permanent CM 1984
  • Polynesian – worked Overtime (OT) at Marina 1984
  • Emporium – worked six weeks in 1985 while RC was down for rehab
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort – March 1985, transfered out of Recreation asap because Michael Eisner wanted to build a new Hotel every year for the next 20 years.
  • DMDP – Disney’s Village Resort Front Office 1987 (DMDP = Disney’s Management Development Program).
  • RSA (Resort Special Activities) 1988-1990 firsr leadership role – many grand openings (CBR, Dolphin, Dick Tracy world premier, PI, Typhoon Lagoon, Norway, Morocco, Studios, Star Tours, etc).
  • Disney’s Yacht Club – opening team 1990
  • Disney’s Beach Club 1990 – 1992 opening team Front Office
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort – Conceirge 1992-1996
  • Disney’s Village Resort – Front Office 1996-1998
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort (2nd tour of duty) – Front Desk 1998-1999
  • Disney Institute – 1999-2014
  • Retired – 10.31.14 Napa Room, Disney’s Contemporary Resort

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Location, location, location

Rising Sun Motor Inn and Cabins
Rising Sun Motor Inn & Cabins. Two Dog Flats restaurant.


(This post is me talking to me…reminding myself to take healthy risks and remember that i’m in charge of every decision – and every decision brings potential opportunity.)

There are still many business models that have stood the test of time.

As time passes, they too shall become vulnerable, and then ripe, for reexamination.

Who says when and where and how often you can travel to conduct your entrepreneurial business?

Wouldn’t it seem it’s up to the CEO?

And isn’t creativity the DNA of every great organization?

Saying, and believing it is one thing; however, doing it is for outliers.



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One of the most important things you can do as CEO of You, Inc

Neighbors in rural Florida near Disney
Having horses in your neighborhood never gets old. Four Seasons Resort at Disney is straight ahead (but not visible in photo).


One of the most important things you can do as CEO of You, Inc. is be intentional about where you live – you know, where you establish your personal HQ.

Of course this is one of the most challenging assignments you’ll have as CEO, but it’s your responsibility to figure it out and make it happen.




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Six years in the making yet last minute details exist

Retirement Party Invitation


(photo: Please note the location of the retirement party)

If you could have a Disney retirement party, what venue?

While it has been six years in the making, the actual final day has been determined rather quickly. This means logistically, choices have to be made and on short notice, it’s challenging to get your first choice.

However, because of dedicated people who make Magic everyday, the event will be at the first choice location.

Hat tip to WG.

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