Sunday, October 26, 2008

Almost Finished Researching

With way too many sources spanning over sixty years, I have finally begun to approach the end of my research and I have noticed something very interesting: it wasn't until Universal Studios showed up in Orlando that Disney began to actually become involved with the area outside its Reedy Creek property.  In the 1990s, the Disney Company started to get the people of the Central Florida area excited about Disney by reaching out to help in community projects, giving high school dropouts jobs, allowing its projects to be reviewed by Orange and Osceola counties, and trying to get to feel as excited about Disney as they were when the park first opened.  It seems that all of these "community outreach projects" all occur when Disney wants something though; in the 1990s, it was for Celebration, Downtown Disney, Animal Kingdom, and more hotels and roadway projects while in the new millennium, it's been mostly about recreating that special magic Disney and Central Florida used to have; it's by doing things like allowing its name to be on the children's hospital in downtown Orlando that Disney hopes to return to the days when what happened inside its borders were for it to know only.

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