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  1. SirWillow

    News Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance to begin Standby September 23rd

    Something else to remember when talking about current wait times vs current crowd size: A great many things that would typically absorb a large portion of the crowds are currently not happening. No character meet and greets No large shows and entertainment offerings those absorb a lot more of...
  2. SirWillow

    Was Disney World better years ago? Your thoughts.

    In the days before fastpass+ there wasn't this advance planning like you're thinking of. No ride reservations, approach it as you go. Genie will actually bring back a lot of that. I'm guessing you also haven't used MaxPass. I've only run into a couple that used both that didn't like MaxPass...
  3. SirWillow

    Disney Genie, Genie+ officially introduced along with confirmed details of how it will work

    Universal starts at $110 per day for one park. They are pretty close to Disney's price. And Disney is so expensive for one simple reason- there's so much demand to go and the parks are so crowded. It's called the law of supply and demand- when there is a lot of demand prices go up. They also...
  4. SirWillow

    Was Disney World better years ago? Your thoughts.

    I wonder what you would have done before fastpass every existed? Or under the original fastpass system? :)
  5. SirWillow

    Was Disney World better years ago? Your thoughts.

    As long as the current management prefers to cut CM hours and staffing levels... As long as they continue to cut upkeep budgets, meaning less maintainance and "spit shine" in the parks... As long as they overwork the current CM's and cut their support... As long as they continue to cut services...
  6. SirWillow

    the MANY problems with Genie+ and paid FastPass (or whatever they are calling it)

    And the wonderful thing is there are going to be a lot of people who don't buy it. Not everyone will. Which means that those who do will have more options and shorter waits. and that those that don't will also have their wait times not be impacted by the ones that do buy it. As long as...
  7. SirWillow

    Disney Genie, Genie+ officially introduced along with confirmed details of how it will work

    Sorry for the late reply. Yes, it is. :) One other thing I'm seeing stated quite a bit that I don't believe is accurate is the impression that there will be unlimited numbers of passes available through Genie+ and that's simply not true. While they may make it available, they absolutely...
  8. SirWillow

    Disney Genie, Genie+ officially introduced along with confirmed details of how it will work

    I figured rather than post a long explanation of my feelings about it, it's just easier to post the link to the video explaining why this could be really good, or really not.
  9. SirWillow

    Anyone dislike the volggers content?

    Thank you! I hope that it's entertaining and informative. It's definitely a bit of a niche in the world of theme park videos. There are some others out there, but not a lot of us talking about that side of things. And especially not while also remaining positive and a fan of the parks. :)...
  10. SirWillow

    Is anyone in the wrong here?

    Somehow I missed this. Sorry for sort of bumping an old thread. When I was a photographer, we understood if someone wanted to get photos or pictures of the characters. We'd encourage them to wait in line like everyone else. But if they refused we understood just trying to get a quick photo of...
  11. SirWillow

    Anyone dislike the volggers content?

    Just wanted to add on to this. The ones that are "compensated" by the parks are, again, an extremely small number. The ones that get escorts, tours, and special services are a very select few that have large audiences and the parks offer that as a way to reach a large number of people. They do...
  12. SirWillow

    Anyone dislike the volggers content?

    I find it very interesting and fascinating to read everyone's thoughts and comments about park vloggers. Especially sort of being one (my main content isn't in park, but talking about having worked at the parks, so a bit different, but I do have in park vlogs when I get to travel) One thing to...
  13. SirWillow

    thinking about the businesses around Disneyland- Opportunity for Disney?

    It's possible you did. If it was mentioned in a thread I could have easily missed it. I did do a quick search and saw some talk about how many businesses may not survive but didn't see any mentions of Disney maybe seeing it as an opportunity to buy properties to potentially develop.
  14. SirWillow

    thinking about the businesses around Disneyland- Opportunity for Disney?

    thanks Darkbeer. I figured you'd have some good insight on if that was even possible. I'm wondering how many of those businesses though, in particular the hotels and restaurants attached to them, are shuttered for good at this point. Hopefully when things have opportunities to start reopening...
  15. SirWillow

    thinking about the businesses around Disneyland- Opportunity for Disney?

    Sitting here thinking about how many of the businesses around Disneyland are likely to not survive the long closures. I'm really afraid for how many of the restaurants, stores and hotels will have closed up, gone bankrupt, and not return. It's going to be ugly. But started to wonder a bit...
  16. SirWillow

    Politics RUMOR: Lin Manuel Miranda and Weird Al to Redo Hall of Presidents

    This is why there has been talk to create a show that isn't dependant on the current president, like it was in the past, and all they would have to do is add a single figure in the crowd somewhere. That's what I expect to see happen.
  17. SirWillow

    News Disney updates its legendary Four Keys model to include a fifth key

    That is awesome, and long overdue. It's good to see them operating with their corporate cultural statements in mind. It's still not really an example of the 5th key as this is on the corporate and product line level, not the in park CM's. But still good to see overall.
  18. SirWillow

    Longest you have gone between trips

    Didn't go for the first time until I was 36. I'd been to Disneyland a good number of time, but my first time at WDW was actually just a few months before I got a job there. Then I had a big gap from 2011 until 2018, with living in Missouri. Had 4 trips in 2 years, 2018 and 2019. I don't expect...
  19. SirWillow

    Disneyland and Disney World lay off 28,000 employees amid pandemic struggles - OCR/SCNG

    I imagine that a very large portion of the in park cast members are among those numbers, simply because the parks are closed (meaning there aren't jobs for them at the moment at all), and when they reopen they will be at reduced capacity on everything, meaning less workers that are needed- or...
  20. SirWillow

    Disneyland and Disney World lay off 28,000 employees amid pandemic struggles - OCR/SCNG

    15 years? They aren't going to spend $2-4 Billion dollars, or more, to buy land elsewhere and rebuild the parks. It's scary how many people believed the Uncle Walt's satire site about moving the parks. lol smh
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