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Disney Current Events
Topic: Tony Baxter announced retirement

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skinnerbox
Thu 1/31/2013 2:53p
Eddie Sotto just tweeted that Tony "announced his retirement effective tomorrow."

I'm sure we'll find out further details later on.

Lee... have you heard anything?
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leemac
Thu 1/31/2013 3:06p
I just got an email from a colleague saying that he announced it at a special birthday lunch today. I gather he was quite upset and felt that WDI had changed too much. It is effective today so guess he has managed to keep that under wraps.

I understand he has an agreement to continue to work ad-hoc on Disneyland projects for the time being.
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skinnerbox
Thu 1/31/2013 3:22p
Thanks, Lee.
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leemac
Thu 1/31/2013 3:25p
^^ No problem.

I thought he was supposed to be going to a media event at Disneyland this morning for his last project. No idea if he did turn up in the end.

My understanding is that he was mid-contract so this won't have been his choice. I presume it was similar to the Rick Rothschild ouster - we cancel your contract and guarantee you contracting hours for the remainder of your deal.

Sad day for Disneyland especially if the early rumors about the replacement for the Disneyland portfolio are true. However I remain amazed that he has lasted this long with so little to occupy his time. I'm sure he will milk a farewell tour right through D23 Expo in the summer.
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skinnerbox
Thu 1/31/2013 3:37p
<<My understanding is that he was mid-contract so this won't have been his choice.>>

Really? I know that he was given a new 5-year contract in May 2007. It would have expired at the end of FY2012, back in Sept.

Could it be that Disney simply failed to renew the contract and decided to keep him on as a consultant until his FL project is complete?
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ChiMike
Thu 1/31/2013 3:37p
Lee,

Just popping in here to say that your conclusion is totally incorrect. I'm not going to get into what he told me, but like many others, I have known about this going back three months, and I wasn't even the first to know. I heard it from him directly.

While there was always those who tried to pressure him out, this WAS NOT something along the lines of:

>>My understanding is that he was mid-contract so this won't have been his choice. I presume it was similar to the Rick Rothschild ouster - we cancel your contract and guarantee you contracting hours for the remainder of your deal.<<
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skinnerbox
Thu 1/31/2013 3:40p
Mike,

I heard from friends several months ago that Tony was talking about leaving at IAAPA.

Was this completely his choice?

Or did Disney simply decide to not renew his contract?

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oc_dean
Thu 1/31/2013 4:21p
Sad. And I thought for his last major project .. he would go back to the one, that was never addressed properly in the first place - Tomorrowland.
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ChiMike
Thu 1/31/2013 4:23p
Hi there Skinner, good to talk to you. I really don't want to get into it, but I do know your passion, so all I would add is:

While the timing of Bday, and the who pulled the trigger will be blown out of proportion over the next months... There seemed to be a decision made months ago that really overshadow the recent nonsense.

Naturally, I think WDI and Disney again show what they are currently made of.

I only came on here because Lee is so respected on the internet when it comes to the rumor mill of WDI, and I would hate for him to give off the credible notion that this was just some blindside that was one-way.
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oc_dean
Thu 1/31/2013 4:25p
And my next question is ...

Beyond Tony ... who remains in WDI who still address Disneyland with the same "heart" and "care" ... as the first generation imagineers?

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