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  • A Busman's Holiday for Disney's Chief - The New York Times, 4/16/06

    A Busman's Holiday for Disney's Chief

    If you are the head of an entertainment giant, how do you act when you experience its new adventure ride for the first time? Real cool.

    "You can imagine the pressure I get as C.E.O. trying to sit completely calm," said Robert A. Iger, the chief executive of the Walt Disney Company, after his first ride on Expedition Everest, the 200-foot replica of the famous peak. The runaway train adventure, with a mile of twisting steel track and an 80-foot drop, opened officially this month at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and Mr. Iger presided over the dedication.

    While his wife, Willow Bay, screamed, their 7-year-old son, Max, was "so excited" that the Disney chief behaved as any executive would. He closed his eyes.
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