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    On layoffs, very bad attendance, and Iger's legacy being one of disgrace

    Your “logic” is pretty recognizable! :)
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    The CGI Paradigm Shift

    This is a crucial step in the future of filmmaking. The ability to manufacture characters and environments digitally will reduce complexity and cost. More than that, it should speed production and allow for greater creative control by writers and directors. It should also reduce the stress of...
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    On layoffs, very bad attendance, and Iger's legacy being one of disgrace

    I was shocked when they reopened Epcot. Shocked. You can look at my post history where I incorrectly predicted Epcot would remain closed for the next year. Bringing that park back online was utter madness. It is in terrible shape, and COVID has nerfed the nightlife and other cool experiences...
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    Why Disneyland’s $1 billion Star Wars land isn’t a bust despite flat attendance - OCR/SCNG

    I agree with this. But this comment is more nuanced than what the article in question argued. This article tried to convince its readers that the current situation (just before COVID) is what Disneyland wanted. Disneyland wanted attendance increases and promised as much to Anaheim. Instead, it...
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    Transformative Multi-Year Expansion Announced for WDS Paris

    Oh, you’ve got me interested. This is the very first I’ve heard about an entrance redesign. I’m of the mindset that a proper entrance redesign would be fantastic. The Broadway placemaking is interesting for two reasons... 1) How does New York City make sense at the park? The Hollywood setting of...
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    Why Disneyland’s $1 billion Star Wars land isn’t a bust despite flat attendance - OCR/SCNG

    In the months following the opening of both Galaxy’s Edges, margins were either flat or down YoY at Domestic Parks (check the supplemental income). Disney did not open a land to have lower margins. The whole point of expanding a theme park is to leverage the existing infrastructure to bring more...
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    Why Disneyland’s $1 billion Star Wars land isn’t a bust despite flat attendance - OCR/SCNG

    I’ll say it again. If Disney’s goal was to decrease attendance by raising prices, they could have avoided building a $1 billion dollar land. All they needed to do was... raise prices. If they wanted a new marketable ride they could have built an expansion to an existing land at a fraction of the...
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    The Red Button Option

    You‘re thinking like 2020 (or 2019) Disney. Disney Parks in the mid 2000s were a different story entirely. Let me paint the scene for you... 1) Disneyland Resort: Disneyland had been struggling for years since DCA. Despite additions, the park remained extremely under visited and under loved...
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    The Red Button Option

    There are some unexpected outcomes, but I have to concur with what @Lilofan said above. Imagine how different this conversation would be if Disney had carefully saved money and paid off its debts. Entering this crisis Disney could have had ample financial reserves and almost no debt. Disney has...
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    The Red Button Option

    This is interesting... Right now Disney is relying on successfully relaunching the NBA and WDW to save the company. If Disney can get the NBA functional, ESPN could roar back to life. WDW’s reopening is the path to strong cashflow. But both seem tenuous at best... Some stories coming out of the...
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    2019 Theme Index

    I have to concur. Bob Iger on Star Wars Land in early 2019: “And I would say by the way, on the marketing expense side, don't expect much. I'm thinking that maybe I should just tweet, "it's opening," and that would be enough. I think we're going to end up with incredibly popular and in-demand...
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    News Magic Kingdom July 2020 reopening reports

    You’re boiling down the legitimate complaints about FastPass into a stupid caricature. A couple points... 1) Lines are important for capacity. If things are crowded it seems intuitive to open new rides to alleviate crowding. But there’s a catch. Especially today, rides are relatively short with...
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    News Splash Mountain retheme to Princess and the Frog - attraction discussion only

    I think the Frozen ride is exactly what they are looking to do with Splash Mountain. The stories are roughly analogous. We have the royals throwing a party. This party will take you to some of the most important locations and scenes from the movies. It’s an evolution of the book report ride...
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    New Mandate Requires Audio Changes at Parks

    This is where it gets irksome. Those films get deference while Pirates of the Caribbean and The Tiki Room have to change. It goes back @the.dreamfinder ‘s point. We now have a slew of mandates coming to the parks that don’t take into account their unique history and identity. It’s maddening. It...
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    New Mandate Requires Audio Changes at Parks

    You say this is “Disney wide.” Would this include Disney’s catalog of movies? Disney loves to use the song “A Whole New World” in the parks. But that song was sung in part by a white dude: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Whole_New_World Would Disney Parks still be able to use that song? Why...
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