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  1. AEfx

    Avatar: The Way of the Water... what did you think? (No spoilers)

    Yes, I have serious doubts that we will now see 4 and 5. 3 is a given, it just remains to be seen what it ends up being. I mean, this is the sequel to the most financially successful movie of all time...and it managed to open tying for 5th best opening...of this year. When you factor in the...
  2. AEfx

    Avatar: The Way of the Water... what did you think? (No spoilers)

    This - and given the lukewarm-at-best reception, I'm thinking that is likely what is going to happen.
  3. AEfx

    News Bob Iger is back! Chapek is out!!

    The biggest issue is, they are not currently using the space as it was intentionally designed, and it's exasperating many issues. In fact, the current park systems actively go *against* the intended flow designs that Disney was once so well-known for. The cavernous queues for major attractions...
  4. AEfx

    insiders ONLY... is there a possibility that the Magical Express comes back..

    Yeah, I'm surprised it lasted as long as it did. I know some people just loved it like it was the best thing ever, but I never trusted it. The one time I did use it way back when, I ended up waiting hours for my bag and never did it again. That said, even after I stopped using it - a number...
  5. AEfx

    News Splash Mountain retheme to Princess and the Frog - Tiana's Bayou Adventure

    I have no insider info (and I'd love to see some of our remaining insiders chime in) but I assume they will be doing a LOT of back-end work as part of this. I suspect they really have no choice - like with HM and POTC before their major refurbs, things like the audio system, etc. are...
  6. AEfx

    News Bob Iger is back! Chapek is out!!

    First, we are talking about WDW, not Disneyland. Second, I never said "you won't find a single positive comment anywhere!". What those of us who have followed this forum, other forums like reddit, etc. for decades now are trying to express is that the overall sentiment has changed. You see a...
  7. AEfx

    News Bob Iger is back! Chapek is out!!

    That's just it - they are everywhere. They are not just on Facebook, but on reddit, and pretty much any "other" Disney sites, they are right here. I find it very difficult to find many people singing the praises of the park experience and/or the cost/value that aren't somehow getting paid for...
  8. AEfx

    News Park specific pricing will join date based pricing for single day Disney World park tickets

    Not to mention, Saturday is also usually the busiest day at Universal parks because of the amount of locals with AP's who attend. That said, the people who are pointing out the cost difference between Universal and Disney at this point is rather huge are generally referring to the typical week...
  9. AEfx

    News Bob Iger is back! Chapek is out!!

    Exactly. I've yet to see any compelling reason they would have any desire to take on the behemoth of businesses that Disney is in. Apple buying a movie studio makes zero sense right now. Particularly one attached to the largest themepark business in the world. Both showed during the...
  10. AEfx

    News Bob Iger is back! Chapek is out!!

    That's why I'm doubly ashamed of what a cheerleader I was when Disney bought Star Wars. It was the perfect marriage in so many ways - Lucasfilm was always battling infrastructure, and Disney had everything in-house to take Star Wars to a new level. I never imagined they would drop the biggest...
  11. AEfx

    News Bob Iger is back! Chapek is out!!

    When everything went down (and I was one of the ones staunchly defending the purchase and thought that Disney was the perfect place for Star Wars to end up for a whole bunch of reasons) we were told that the "Story Group" would oversee continuity and the overall storylines for everything - so...
  12. AEfx

    News Bob Iger is back! Chapek is out!!

    Titanic also had the "wow new tech" angle, but most importantly was all about repeat viewers as well. Groups of teenage girls (a group traditionally ignored by blockbusters) were going to it weekly all winter long. Similarly, Avatar gained audiences because of the tech involved and the "wow...
  13. AEfx

    News Bob Iger is back! Chapek is out!!

    That's what I think some folks don't get. Pretty much everything we have gotten parks-wise would have been the same under Iger, it just would have been delivered with more finesse. To think that this stuff wasn't already in the pipeline is silly talk. I'm rather confident that even the...
  14. AEfx

    News Bob Iger is back! Chapek is out!!

    It will clearly do well, but there is no where near the perfect storm the first film had. The biggest advantage they have is that it is now a Disney property - basically, they have cleared the slates of any other major titles it would have had been up against if Disney had not purchased Fox and...
  15. AEfx

    News Bob Iger is back! Chapek is out!!

    Are people really so naive that they don't understand that those programs didn't just pop out of nowhere, and were well in development under Iger (even the stuff they hauled out using COVID as an excuse to finally launch)? This is what all the streamers are learning. Initially they sought to...
  16. AEfx

    What has happened to the place we (used to) love?

    That's just it - Disney was always about making money. That said, they went about it by offering a world-class experience and amazing guest service. That's what people paid for, and what kept them coming back. "It's expensive, but they go all out at Disney so it's worth it" was how they...
  17. AEfx

    What has happened to the place we (used to) love?

    Same here. The only people I know who speak positively of Disney these days in my social groups are "travel planners" who get discounts on their own trips by booking for others. For the "normies", Disney has far exceeded the tolerance level for reasonable planning. It's no mystery, since the...
  18. AEfx

    News Splash Mountain retheme to Princess and the Frog - Tiana's Bayou Adventure

    Oh, absolutely. It's just funny...the MK gets it's first real, bona-fide, no-argument E-ticket added in thirty years, and it's based on...Tron. When you add on the fact that it's a covered coaster next to one of the most (if not most) famous covered coasters in the world...the whole thing...
  19. AEfx

    News Splash Mountain retheme to Princess and the Frog - Tiana's Bayou Adventure

    Which is why I think it is super-odd that they put a new covered rollercoaster next to another covered rollercoaster, based on an IP that has never been a moneymaker for Disney...but that's a whole 'nother topic LOL.
  20. AEfx

    News Splash Mountain retheme to Princess and the Frog - Tiana's Bayou Adventure

    This. Even as a kid, I recognized "why would I wait in a long line for this ride, we have one just like it at local parks at home..."
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