OK, so I’m working on a more comprehensive of noteworthy quotations from The Mouse That Roared, but this one was too good to pass up.
Anybody know of any other place that sounds like this?
“It seems that Disney wanted a particular type of student to attend, as indicated in the detailed dress codes it provided for both men and women. The men were to wear a suite with a color-coordinated shirt; the suit fabric was to be one ‘traditionally accepted for business.’ No necklaces, bracelets, or earrings were allowed, nor were male [college] students permitted to have a mustache, beard, or hair ‘beyond or covering any part of the ears.’ No one was to show up with an ‘extreme look, including shaving the head or eyebrows’…Women were to wear a suit, a dress, or a pants outfit…No more than two necklaces could be worn, and these were not to exceed thrity inches in length. And in case these young women missed the point, they were not to wear more than one ring per hand.”
But wait, folks, that’s not all.
“Pedagogically, employees are given written quizzes on Disney rules. One pedagogical strategy includes exposing workers to an endless chant of inane Disney mottos such as “We work while others play!” “We never say no because we know the answers.” And “We smile that extra jmile.”
And best of all…
“‘Supervisors in Tomorrowland are…famous for…hiding in the bushes above the submarine caves, timing the arrivals and departures of the supposedly fully loaded boats making the 8 1/2 minute cruise under the polar icecaps…In short, supervisors…are regarded by ride operatos as sneaks and tricksters out toget them and representative of the dark side of park life.'”
All right, so it’s not entirely parallel, but the similarities are striking.