This past weekend I was listening to the incredible Betamouse Podcast, http://betamouse.net/, episode #37 Betapotter. At the beginning of the show, the Betamouse Team discussed Nate Parrish’s recent knee surgery. Their conversation got me thinking, if I needed to have surgery would I be better off with a medical doctor or an Imagineer performing the procedure?
I pondered this question for a few minutes. I thought about all the excellent surgeons we have here in the United States and across the globe. I thought of all the advancements in science and medicine over the last few years. Then I thought about the Disney Imagineers, both their imagination and their innoventions. I thought of the advancements in Animatronics since they first appeared and how lifelike they have become. I looked at their track record, and I said to myself, “Hands down I want a Disney Imagineer to operate on me!”
One of the first questions a doctor’s office will ask is if you have health insurance. Your insurance coverage will make a difference in the care the surgeon provides. I can even see the day coming when your health insurer only allows the surgeon to use refurbished parts. Then, of course, there is the different language doctors speak to their patients. It’s a language that no one outside the medical profession understands. They might as well speak Klingon to the patient. When the doctor finally explains the surgery to a patient in a way that can be understood, the news never sounds good. There are some doctors who give you the doom and gloom version even if you’re seeing them for a hangnail.
Just think for a minute what it would be like if Disney Imagineers had offices you could visit for all sorts of ailments. When you walked through the door, you wouldn’t find a framed copy of the Hippocratic Oath hanging on the wall. What you would find framed and hanging on the wall would be a quote from the late great Walt Disney: “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
How many of you have arrived for a doctor’s appointment on time or early and found yourself waiting for what seemed like an eternity to see the doctor? While waiting you got so bored you actually started fighting with the other patients over the old magazines just to pass the time until you were called into a room where you sat and waited some more. I would bet that in a Disney Imagineer’s office there will be an interactive waiting area. Once you were called into a room, there would be some innovention to occupy your time until the Disney Imagineer came in to see you.
A Disney Imagineer wouldn’t look at someone as if they were broken, but, rather, how they could make them better. Where a doctor says “You can’t,” a Disney Imagineer would say, “You can, and you will!”
If Disney Imagineers could perform surgery on people, they would tell them in so many words, “Not only are we going to fix you, but you’ll be better than you could ever imagine.”
Who knows maybe someday over a hospital loudspeaker, instead of hearing “Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard,” you might hear “Imagineer Disney, please report to the OR.”
Contributed by: Stuart S. (NDD #47). Stuart is our resident Disney geek and creator of Disney Geek Dad.