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    News Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin to eliminate 1136 employees

    Well, overall, Florida does seem to be recovering... vacation rentals are up YoY from last year, hotel demand is still off by between 20%-30% YoY, but it’s recovered from the almost 80% drop off, so that’s good. Airline travel is problematic though, so until that frees up getting long distance...
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    Make Epcot "Hoppable" after 5PM

    Do you have a link to that report? The only thing I can find is this: https://www.imf.org/en/News/Articles/2020/09/08/sp090820-Event-of-the-Finance-Ministers-on-Financing-for-Development from September 8th, where they say "We are at a point when we can say that the world economy will lose $12...
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    What is this Tiki Room lyric?

    "called macaws"
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    Predictions on when evening hours and nighttime shows can resume?

    All of that aside, I doubt there will be any nighttime entertainment like fireworks until after people start flying in again. I doubt that will happen before October/November and I wouldn't be surprised if things were largely as it is now until 1st Quarter 2021.
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    Walt Disney World Park Hours cut starting September 8 2020

    This is very much what I see too-- relatively affluent people who would go to WDW not wanting to because of 1) having to take a flight to get there; and 2) the relative value for what you get now (decreased hours, experience, etc). If they're close enough some have driven that would normally...
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    Walt Disney World Park Hours cut starting September 8 2020

    Air travel is going to be hurting for a while. A good bit of that is due to the flight itself, even aside from the destination. How does the phrase go? "It's the journey, not the destination"? Even people that may not be as concerned about WDW, may think twice about getting on an enclosed plane...
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    Walt Disney World Park Hours cut starting September 8 2020

    I totally agree with you on the air travel angle. I'm not sure air travel is going to get anywhere back to normal in years. And without air travel, WDW is massively handicapped. That said, it's interesting that United is betting pretty heavily on Florida come November...
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    Page 178 - 181 off topic posts from thread: On layoffs, very bad attendance, and Iger's legacy being one of disgrace

    Definitely true. The only time I care about the school (or honestly if they even went to college) is if I need someone with a masters or phd for very specialized positions. Without that need, it's basically a checkbox at most. Honestly, I think we've done society a disservice by making people...
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    On layoffs, very bad attendance, and Iger's legacy being one of disgrace

    Generally I agree here, except for the comment on the "they'd just be increasing their overhead to accommodate them" part. If the part has open but non-AP holder capacity, and they're contributing positively (not turning a profit, but covering their operating costs plus a bit) which they must...
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    On layoffs, very bad attendance, and Iger's legacy being one of disgrace

    Hot zone or not is pretty immaterial. We're talking about people being unwilling to travel but the South East seems willing to travel -- as long as they can drive. Take a look at the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota. If you went to that you were driving by definition to bring your bike, and they...
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    News Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    Not really disagreeing with any of this, but it's also not _just_ that. There's also a huge economic problem here too. Too many families are disadvantaged and don't have computers or even home internet (although they might have smart phones). I'm not sure how to solve that without a lot of...
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    On layoffs, very bad attendance, and Iger's legacy being one of disgrace

    It's amazing how many people extrapolate their locality to the entire nation too! ;) I'm sure that people that live in the NE and MW, or really anywhere that you really need to fly to get to WDW/Florida, are much less likely to come. At the same time, I'm not seeing that in GA; I spoke with...
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    News Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    This one is literally a mile or so from my house -- it's where the kids in my subdivision go to school. I've yet to see/hear of a particularly good elearning system here. One of the schools ran a load test on Monday to have all the students log in to make sure things were good, and it crashed...
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    On layoffs, very bad attendance, and Iger's legacy being one of disgrace

    I really don't think this is so clearly cut and dry. I'm sure there is some percentage of people that feel that way, just as I'm sure that there are a percentage that feel differently. You can see this acting out today by the people protesting about schools not being open, for example. I'm...
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    Walt Disney World Park Hours cut starting September 8 2020

    Yeah-- google "Viva Las Office"... there's some restrictions, but it's not a bad deal. They're trying to get people onto the casino floors, obviously. Disney could do something similar -- offer lower/reduced hotel stay or ticket package or even a form of "dining plan" similar to how Vegas is...
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