Here is the letter I've just written and will be mailing tomorrow.
June 27, 2008
Walt Disney World Guest Communications
PO Box 10040
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Dear Sir or Madam,
I write this evening as a tremendous fan of the Walt Disney Company, as a Disney Stockholder, and as a former Disney Cast Member regarding the announcement today of the new plans for Pleasure Island, and specifically the removal of the clubs, most especially the Adventurer’s Club.
I know that Walt always felt that as long as there was imagination left in the world, the parks would never be finished, however, by removing the very things that make P. I. unique and replacing them with more shops and eateries, things which Walt Disney World already has a surfeit of, you will be removing the very things that evidence the imagination of the Imagineers and the things which have captured the imagination and passion of so many visitors since P. I. opened.
I implore you to think long and hard about the changes that were proposed today; the Adventurer’s Club is unique, not just in the Florida Resort, but in the entirety of the Disney Parks. It’s simultaneously Disney and not-Disney; it keeps guests in a highly themed setting, with skilled Cast Members and people who genuinely love what they do, but at the same time, it’s an escape from the more fantastic elements of Disney in that it’s not afraid to self-satirize, and invites visitors to not take themselves too seriously, either. Please don’t remove this one-of-a-kind location simply to make way for more restaurants and trinket-shops. Downtown Disney already has enough of those to spare.
I thank you for your time, and I fervently hope, like so many of my friends and colleagues hope, that you will spare the Adventurer’s Club, as well as the bulk of the classic Pleasure Island area, and keep the magic and uniqueness that has been present there for the last two decades.
I think I'll send a copy to CEO Bob Iger, as well.