Saturday, December 15, 2012

Disneyworld! Universal! Orlando! Oh, My!

It's been a while since I've been able to return to the blogosphere, and here's why. The week before Thanksgiving I got to go to Orlando for a week long of theme park benchmarking. In our industry, benchmarking is researching through first hand experience, so for 5 days I got to go to all 4 Disneyworld parks - Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios, Universal Islands of Adventure and even Kennedy Space Center. Needless to say, it was an AMAZING experience, and I was able to learn and absorb so much. When I got back, it was straight to work as so many things in my professional and personal lives added up. But now things are a bit lighter and I'm eager to resume my normal habits.

The painting you see above is an illustration I did as a thank you for my bosses that provided me with this opportunity. It's a composite of all of the major "weenies" from each park. For those that aren't familiar, "weenie" is a termed coined by Walt Disney to refer to something that acts like a 'visual magnet' drawing people to a certain location, similar to how a weenie on the end of stick would draw an animal constantly toward it.

I could write endless blogposts about the different things I learned from each park, but sadly I don't think I have that much time on my hands. Maybe I will, but for now here are some pictures.



Disney's Magic Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Universal's Islands of Adventure

Universal Studios Orlando


  1. Great painting man! holy shit that's awesome they trucked you around!

  2. Wow, I would have never thought to do that. Nice gesture.

  3. Um, best job ever? Sounds amazing!
    The painting looks great, I like how you've composed all of the elements together :)

  4. Awesome job Mau! Working hard and livin la vida!


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