Monday, January 5, 2009

Disney salutes the troops

And not just in any old way, either.
"Through June 12, 2009, each active or retired member of the U.S. military can receive one complimentary three-day "Disney's Armed Forces Salute" Park Hopper ticket valid for admission to both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure parks. During the offer period, active or retired U.S. military personnel also may make a one-time purchase of an adult or child three-day "Disney's Armed Forces Salute Companion" Park Hopper ticket for up to five family members (including spouse) or friends for the price of an adult 1-Day Park Hopper ticket."
That is a sweet deal. Even if the economy was humming along just fine, which it isn't.
"For so many of the men and women who serve in our U.S. military, time together with their families is cause enough for celebration," said Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. "We are grateful for their service and hope 'Disney's Armed Forces Salute' will allow our troops to create wonderful, magical memories with their family and friends."
I'm pretty sure this isn't the first time they've done something like this. Either way, Walt would be proud.

Now, by the way, is probably a great time to stock up on undervalued Disney shares for a long-term hold. That Jonas Brothers 3D concert is going to be the fiscal cherry on a tasty sundae currently being scooped by Bob Iger.

(Still bummed they're leaving Voyage of the Dawn Treader in the lurch, tho. Details here.)


Mrs. P said...

Given the choice between The Jonas Brothers, Hannah Montana, and death by maggots, death wins hands down. Every time.

Fortunately for investors, teen girls think differently.

K said...

In an age of intrusive government, giant media companies are not the friend of conservatives or classical liberals. It's too often a bad business decision to culturally buck the people whose hand is on the control levers.

= Path to 9.11

Splash said...

Agreed, Mrs. P... I caught a little of them on Disney Channel one night. Clearly they want to be the new Monkees, but I just wasn't feeling it. Then there's the Cheetah Girls or something like that? Oy. Dern them young folk and their music!

K, I'd have to agree there, too. Big Business hasn't been our friend since they stopped needing us after Communism proper fell. (See my post at

Mr_Magoo said...

I was in the same grad class as Iger in '73. He's the real deal as far as work ethic and loves "the biz". While I was downtown at the bar, he was hauling cables out to the football field setting up for the next broadcast. If anybody can make Disney work, he can.

His comment about "they're screaming for me" made me smile.

Splash said...

Great anecdote, Magoo! Yeah, the Mouse seems to be in good hands.

Mr_Magoo said...

Thanks Splash. Needless to say that's why he is where he is today and also where I am where I am (a cubicle) since we were both in Communications (called Radio & TV at that time). In my defense, I couldn't stand most of the "show biz personalities" so I retreated to the bar. But that's life! No regrets!

Splash said...

Hey! A fellow RTVF student! (Radio, TV & Film back when I was in the Cal State U system.)