Disney’s Wide World of Sports venue

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Two Disney Execs on the right: front right, Jeff James (at the time VP, Disney Institute), and Lee Cockerell directly above Jeff James’ head. Lee is our former EVP, WDW Operations.

Disney’s Wide World of Sports venue was my boss Wayne Gagne’s pick for retirement party venue.

Without hesitation, i suggested Disney’s Contemporary Resort’s top floor, The Napa Room.

The Napa Room overlooks (West to East):

  1. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
  2. Disney’s Magic Kingdom Theme Park
  3. Disney University (DU)
  4. Disney’s River Country Water Park
  5. And obviously, it’s in Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Watch how the corresponding numbers add up Disney Career years:

  1. Spent two tours of duty, six years total at “The Grand”
  2. First role on College Program, Jungle Jeff, in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland, 1982
  3. First three days of career spent at DU. And, Traditions Facilitator 1988
  4. First role upon returning as Permanent Cast Member, River Country Lifeguard
  5. First role in Resort Hotel Operations at Contemporary – ultimately a 15-year career in resorts before Disney Institute called

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Walking in Fantasyland

Disney Legacy name tag in Fantasyland
Walt Disney was happy for me on this important day. Walt’s voice whispering, “Take a bow Jeff. Take a bow. You deserve it.” Thank you Walt.

To this day, it is surreal to reflect on how deeply and broadly Disney-life and personal life intertwined. One life really. A Disney life.

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If we were on a permanent vacation

bicycling near Magic Kingdom
Biking around town is becoming more frequent. Heading to a client meeting in the photo above.


We’ve all done this exercise…

How would you ideally spend your days if you no longer had to work?


i’d walk or bike every day, like to the grocery store to get fresh food for today’s and tomorrow’s meals. i’d also bike to appointments and restaurants and friends. i’d spend time writing every day. i’d garden, and watch the sun rise and set every day. i’d go to bed early, get a good night’s sleep and wake up at 5am to anxiously begin another glorious day.


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If there was a vision for the future it was yesterday

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Yesterday’s second snack stop was a 25-cent investment in a banana.


If there was a vision for the future it was yesterday. Biked 13 miles to Gold’s, completed an 80-minute workout, then biked home 13 miles. This four-hour commitment included two stops to get refueling snacks, using Apple pay since i only took my phone.

It will be cool to bike to Church in the future. And the grocery store. And the Doctor.




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A new worry to worry about (and slay)

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(photo: Walt Disney World Resort’s Team Disney building… site of yesterday’s meeting and lunch)

A new worry to worry about (and slay).

Gaining weight from being home too much and eating because of stress.

Five new pounds in the first ten days of retirement.

The good news? Was down to 153. So in reality, only up two.

Whatever, right?

Imagine getting to a place where you can feel the difference in two pounds – either way.

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