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  1. Sir_Cliff

    Bob Iger Stepping Down, Bob Chapek New CEO

    I think it's the other way around: The Board only agreed to extend his contract on the condition that he provides more queer Chapek content. Get ready! 🧑‍🦲💋
  2. Sir_Cliff

    What should Pixar do?

    My only real response to all of this is my personal impression that Pixar had an issue of getting stuck in a sequel rut (1 out of the 10 first Pixar movies was a sequel, while 5 of the next 10 were), but they seem to have pulled out of it and are heading in a positive direction where the balance...
  3. Sir_Cliff

    'Lightyear' Coming Summer 2022

    My impression is that there has been some renewal in recent years, with both Turning Red and Luca directed by first-time Pixar directors (even if particularly Enrico Casarosa had been at Pixar for quite a while). My feeling is that this has been for the best and, Lightyear not withstanding, the...
  4. Sir_Cliff

    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    I know Disney is overall the big destination in the area, but is it possible Brightline makes more sense as transportation from the airport to the Convention Centre and I-Drive area than it does to Disney Springs? I don't know the area where the planned stations would be, but I would think the...
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    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    I'm a bit mixed on whether it would have provided much benefit to Disney as it seems like a pretty inconvenient and not especially cost effective way to travel to the parks and resorts. Perhaps for solo travellers and those intending just to visit Disney Springs it would have been convenient...
  6. Sir_Cliff

    Bob Iger Stepping Down, Bob Chapek New CEO

    I am very interested to know Iger's role in Pixar turning so hard toward sequels. On the one hand, it is entirely in line with his franchise mandate for the company and presumably he had a role in green lighting films and setting the agenda. On the other, it just seems to go against the public...
  7. Sir_Cliff

    Reservation expansion

    That would actually be smart. Surely their data is telling them that guests are resenting the amount of planning and general hassle a WDW vacation requires?
  8. Sir_Cliff

    'Lightyear' Coming Summer 2022

    This is my impression of the two movies as well. I suspect Turning Red will also benefit a lot from streaming as it will be more conducive to its intended audience finding the film. Personally, I was very interested to see Turning Red and watched it as soon as it became available on Disney+ as...
  9. Sir_Cliff

    Bob Iger Stepping Down, Bob Chapek New CEO

    John Lasseter's spiral into alcoholism and sexual harassment in part fuelled by an out-of-control ego also didn't help Pixar's fortunes. I honestly don't know how directly Iger meddled in the films and to what extent we can attribute him for the quality of films released under his tenure. If...
  10. Sir_Cliff

    Cliff Richard

    Must say that I'm always a bit fascinated how or if Americans remember him! I think that was generally the best part of his career, but he started off as the British Elvis in 1958 and has quite a few classic songs from the 1960s that would be pretty much unknown in the US before his mid-1970s...
  11. Sir_Cliff

    Catering to the Uber Rich

    I completely understand that approach to travel. I tend to be a more independent traveler, but I have to say that I am becoming less ambitious about my travel plans and less tolerant of all the inconveniences that come from dealing with public transport, etc. as work gives me less and less time...
  12. Sir_Cliff

    Best ride decision in (recent) EPCOT history

    I do get this point and generally agree, though it does make me wonder whether the ride would really work as anything other than nostalgia at present. Maybe I need to hang around with more cheery people, but do these shared optimistic and positive visions of the future still exist? I can't think...
  13. Sir_Cliff

    Peephole in Epcot bathroom?

    Well, I think we have our latest pavilion logo right there.
  14. Sir_Cliff

    Orlando Becoming East Coast Headquarters for Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products

    Indeed. It's puzzling to figure out what their market analyses would be telling them about the viability of these services. It seems like we're in a slightly irrational phase in which everyone feels streaming is the future and so everyone is starting a streaming service regardless of whether...
  15. Sir_Cliff

    Orlando Becoming East Coast Headquarters for Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products

    Maybe I'm wrong, but it already feels there are too many services at this point. Here, they tend to bundle what is essentially cable TV with your Internet package, so you already have a fair amount of things you would get on streaming services (the bundle I have has most of the HBO programming...
  16. Sir_Cliff

    News Disney transforms Magic Kingdom's famous purple wall to celebrate PRIDE Month at Walt Disney World and will donate merch profits to support LGBTQIA+

    I feel exactly the same and have really pulled back from social media in the past year or so. It seems conducive to getting worked up over what are probably fairly marginal views that always existed but that you were just less exposed to and then mirroring the toxicity you experience from those...
  17. Sir_Cliff

    Orlando Becoming East Coast Headquarters for Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products

    Very good analysis from both of you and I don't really have much to add, though it has struck me lately how it seems like Disney has been talking about needing content and distribution going back to the Eisner era and the Capital Cities/ABC purchase. With streaming and Disney+, they finally seem...
  18. Sir_Cliff

    News Disney transforms Magic Kingdom's famous purple wall to celebrate PRIDE Month at Walt Disney World and will donate merch profits to support LGBTQIA+

    Very well put and I agree 100% with all of this! Another thing with the rise of social media and the internet is that everything seems to have rapidly sped up in that people get information more or less instantly, they have a venue to react instantly, and then people expect an instant...
  19. Sir_Cliff

    'Lightyear' Coming Summer 2022

    Completely agree: I feel it very much was death by a thousand cuts. This film just didn't seem to be able to build up much momentum due to all of the issues you mention in combination. I guess we'll see if it manages to gather some momentum based on word of mouth, though the early signs aren't...
  20. Sir_Cliff

    'Lightyear' Coming Summer 2022

    It honestly has never occurred to me to ask for a refund after a film, but Tree of Life is one of the films that came close!
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