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Be Our Guest: Perfecting the art of customer service

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Reveals the behind-the-scenes strategies, principles, and processes of the Disney approach to exceptional customer service, which emphasizes the best ways to provide quality service to one's customers. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Disney Editions (first published May 1st 2001)
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Aug 18, 2015 Jeremy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
I sometimes wonder if companies purposely write hypnotically boring business books to make readers lose interest in discovering the real trade secrets.

Going into "Be Our Guest", I was hoping for juicy details about Disney's creepily scientific customer service (i.e. the way they subtly manipulate your emotional state with music and visual cues), but it read just like your typical business book. If you like bland execu-speak and forced acronyms that help you remember corporate values, then this
Mar 29, 2013 Valerie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
Being a huge Disney fan, I really wanted to love this book. And the behind the scenes peek at things that one would normally not learn unless they were a Disney employee about the way they deliver an unparalleled experience was quite entertaining.

However there wasn't enough practical application to make this a useful book for trying to evaluate my own corporate culture. Some exercises to apply the Disney philosophy to other industries would have made this more helpful.
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Be Our Guest : Perfecting the art of customer service

We all share the same goal – satisfied customers

Disney in In Search of Excellence

Long term success depends on our ability to motivate people, one day at a time and one innovation at a time

Disney approaches
- Quality service
- Creativity
- Innovation
- Leadership
- Loyalty
- Supply chain excellence

Training programs connect companies to their
- Own heritage
- Values
- People
- Guests

Trends come and go – companies need to mobilize the
- Brainpower
- Passi
Mar 02, 2014 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a pastor and leader, I am always trying to think of what I can do to create an environment that will open up people's hearts to the most important truths in the world. If anyone understands how to create compelling environments, it's Disney.

Some of my favorite thoughts in the book were:

"Quality service means exceeding your guest's expectations and paying attention to detail."

"Everything speaks." (in other words, everything in your environments is saying something)

"My business is making peopl
Eduardo Hernandez
Jun 21, 2015 Eduardo Hernandez rated it it was amazing
I work as director of online education in a local university and while being at Disney World I realized that the most important thing was the experience not the rides themselves so I thought to myself what if I could take and apply this vision to the online education world making the experience of students more than just a sequence of courses, making them feel as a global experience. So I started analyze Disney from a management point of view. I read a couple of books, I saw different videos on ...more
May 24, 2010 Greg rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any organization serious about quality improvement
Recommended to Greg by: Victor Boschini, TCU Chancellor
The Disney Institute has written a very interesting book describing Disney's approach to providing world class service to their "guests." In a clear and compelling style, Be Our Guest outlines principles of service quality that can be readily adapted to the needs of most organizations. The quality service cycle is introduced, with its focus on (a) a service theme, (b) service standards, (c) delivery systems, and (d) integration of them all into one coherent whole. They emphasize the importance o ...more
Jul 08, 2015 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
A very good book on customer service, and how to provide better customer service. The philosophy in this book is based on how Disney trains all of their employees, and there is a lot of information on the Disney corporation, but there is also a lot of useful information here that can be applied by any business owner of any size business.

The only difficulty I see is how to get your employees to buy into this philosophy.
I wrote a really long and extensive review, but unfortunately it wasn't saved.
My notes while reading

-information about Disney Baby - I've always wanted to go to the States and visit a Disney Baby store (we just have the Disney Store over here)
-really cool quote from Walt about animated pictures vs. the parks, and how "plussing" works
-Walt's view on Imagineering
-a little bit about the Disney Store

-Lots of examples - and examples outside of
Andrew Carretto
May 26, 2009 Andrew Carretto rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009-books
Tremendous book. It is great to read the behind the scenes view of one of the most amazing corporations in history. Nothing is done by chance. It had great tie ins to other corporations and how every industry can run with the same principles. One of the better self help business books that I have read. Definitely recommend if you need a good business book to read!!
Aug 15, 2012 Ted rated it it was amazing
All I can say is that when you read this book you need to really appreciate the lengths that Walt went to to create the ultimate playland for kids. He used ideas and studied people to find out what works that no one had done before. All to create a place that was safe and secure. If you get nothing out of this book you're not trying.
Ken Andrus
Dec 17, 2012 Ken Andrus rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and am using it at work as a guide in putting together a customer service initiative. The book outlines the approach Disney used to create it legendary customer service but does so in such a way to make it very adaptable for any organization.
Sarah Cradit
Feb 22, 2015 Sarah Cradit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had an opportunity recently to read this book, and then subsequently attend the Disney Institute. Most of what was covered in the institute training was also in the book, so I found it a good complement. It's hard for me to rate this exclusively of that training, but I'll try.

What I enjoyed most about the book was learning more about Walt's influence in how the company was shaped. I believe the best companies in the world start with someone's dream, and this is more true of Disney than almost
Frederik Sørensen
An easy to read book about how Disney manage their customer service. On the back cover it say “explains the processes that have made Disney a trusted and revered brand around the world”. It delivers on this promise but do not expect it to explain in enough detail to use their formula in you own organization. The book pitches the Disney university program for customer service, it is mentioned many time throughout the book. Difference customer experiences from this program are superfluous describe ...more
Jacob O'neill
Apr 22, 2013 Jacob O'neill rated it liked it
Shelves: professional
Book was pretty good. Main focus was on understanding customers, their needs, and how to use your organization to best meet their needs. Applying the principles outside of a service industry will be more challenging but possible.

Here are chapter by chapter highlights:(view spoiler)
Sep 17, 2012 Faz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Why did I give this book 5 out of 5 stars? Let me count the ways:

1. Because Disney Institute knows what it's doing - it's a space where people don't just learn how to do their jobs well, but they discover how they can fit into the bigger picture of the greatest day of a guest's life.

2. Because I met someone who works in the Disney Institute - 33 years in Disney, to be precise - & his humility spoke volumes. He's the kind of person I want to help hire for my organization.

3. Because in designi
Marc Wachtfogel
Jan 21, 2016 Marc Wachtfogel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business
Outstanding! The best inside look on how Disney creates that magical experience.

Easy to read, fascinating insight (really...even the distance between garbage cans have been measured for convenience), and chock full of "fairy dust" to get you thinking about leadership, employees and building a customer-centric organization.

PS - Back when I read it, I bought copies for the management team.

It was interesting to read about Disney's process from creating an animated film to theme park procedures employees are to follow. This would be an interesting read for someone interested in either working for Disney or having visited at least one of the theme parks. They tend to jump back and forth between Disneyland and Walt Disney World, although Paris and Hong Kong are mentioned as well.
Apr 07, 2014 Matthew rated it really liked it
Disney understands customer service better than anyone and in this book, they take us behind the curtain and give us a glimpse of what makes the magic work. Below are just a few of my favorite takeaways from the book.

"Exceeding Guests’ expectations is Disney’s service strategy, and paying attention to every detail is the tactic by which it is accomplished."

“Quality service means exceeding your guest’s expectations and paying attention to detail.”

“You can’t change people. But if you change the
Apr 01, 2016 Tom rated it really liked it
A nice overview of Disney's approach to customer service and how these concepts can carry over to other industries. It's has interesting behind-the-scenes snippets of Disney's processes along with specific examples of how they developed and applied their principles. Bottom line is that it demonstrates that having a strong customer focus is more than just being nice.
Al Menaster
Jun 17, 2016 Al Menaster rated it did not like it
Can I give a rating lower than one star? If so, I'd give this book that. It's a book from Disney, supposedly to improve your customer service. Mostly it flogs how great Disney is in every way. It reads like an add to hire Disney to improve customer service. I only read this because I had to.
Alex Devero
May 13, 2015 Alex Devero rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
Building and maintaining a successful business involves paying close attention to customer behavior and acting on their needs and wants. This will ensure your company frequently exceeds customers’ expectations and keeps service standards high.
originally read for work but ended up gleaning alot of wisdom from Walt... although the main vein is to improve the business of customer service experience it also contains alot of insight. .. we create the life/ experience we want!
Mar 07, 2016 Maria rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this book as an audio book. It was really interesting to hear some of the facts, figures and ideas behind the Mouse, but it also served to provoke thoughts that each reader can apply to their own lives.
Craig Yoshihara
Nov 04, 2015 Craig Yoshihara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: disney
If one book can change the way you operate your business, Be Our Guest is likely that book. Be Our Guest: Perfecting the Art of Customer Service was written and published by The Disney Institute with Theodore Kinni and describes for the reader the “magic” behind Disney’s success. Tom Staggs, then chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and now Chief Operating Officer of the Walt Disney Company, wrote in his introduction to the book people want to know how Disney is so successful. When he tells ...more
Stephen Archer
I cannot imagine what could be a better indication of the quality of book than to have finished it in two days. Be Our Guest is a book written by Theodore Kinni to provide a framework for any business to follow to provide great "Guest Services." Every industry is looking for an edge when it comes to serving their guests better. Disney has been on the edge of great customer service for years and this book goes to show the amount for work Disney puts into growing their cast members (Disney-speak f ...more
Michelle Bodle
Nov 27, 2015 Michelle Bodle rated it it was amazing
I got the idea for reading this book and applying it to the local church based on a comment from my ds - my hope is to take valuable information presented and make it into a training for our members
Ardilla Azul
Este lo leí por asuntos de mi trabajo, pero está bonito. Es decir, dentro de los temas administrativos, me gusta leer sobre la escuela de calidad y sobre el enfoque de servicio al cliente. Y Disney se reconoce por ser una de las empresas que trabajan con altos estándares al respecto.

El texto es bastante ameno y sencillo de entender, aún si no eres administrador. Te pone tablitas de resumen al final de cada capítulo y te explica por medio de ejemplos anecdóticos de Walt Disney y de Michael Eisne
Jan 29, 2015 Lovinthe1320 rated it really liked it
Shelves: customer-service
Nice book! i really enjoyed the behind the scenes look at how Disney operates. I got a good amount of inspiration from this text. Will definitely read again.
Feb 06, 2014 Ezra rated it liked it
Disney is a fascinating company. The culture and management style is not totally intuitive and worth studying. This book pulls the curtain back a tad, but Disney is clever enough to avoid giving away the secret sauce.
James Bauslaugh
Jul 20, 2015 James Bauslaugh rated it it was amazing
Great book for anyone in the service business. Great focus and playbook on creating a great service to customers.
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