The second gate is going to be so much better in the next decade. And its attraction and entertainment menu isn't bad now. It is FAR better than the Construction Site of the Star Wars Park and CosPlay Hotel (TPFKaTD-MGMS). You can spend a day there.That’s the problem here, she’s doing what was put in place by Burbank years ago. Some of it, like the refurbs, are good, but the other problems, like the second gate and the shift towards branding instead of substance, should give folks pause I don’t see in fan spaces. Take, guest experience for exampl. You mention the dining hours and it’s like, does anyone realize how inconvenient it is for guests to try and find a place to eat in the park? Do you really want to drive guests out to McDonalds, Earl and Five Guys for decent QSR? With the money going into reskins and clones for WDSP, where’s the money to expand DLP’s capacity and bring some of your most popular characters like Jungle Book and the Ducks into attractions and lands? (That last one is nuts, it’s like **** Nunis screaming for a flume ride obvious)
Cathy’s packed her bags for SoCal and the Burbank vision for resort will continue. Where are we going after all these refurbs and Brand projects? How will DLRP, now free from debt, develop the crucial skills it needs to advocate for its own self interest? I guess they’ll find someone Chapek likes and/or someone from Consumer Products to run the ship for a year or two.
The operations issues do still exist and confound Guests. But if you go online before you visit, you can find out which QSRs will be open. It isn't the issue some think it is. So often, at the MK, it comes down to Pecos Bill's or nothing. So glass houses and all. And all of the QSRs you list in DV, along with Starbucks and Vapiano, can have their issues. That McD's, which I recently snacked at, is literally the worst one in any European country I have ever been because it needs twice the staffing it has. Sometimes, it can be quite good.
And while Jungle Book and the Ducks would make the Germans spit out their beer with excitement, they are just very unlikely to wind up in attractions, although you never know.
Again, DLP is finally being run largely in the right manner, with still loads of room for improvement.
But what is going on with SDL? ... How is it every Disney resort in the world has billions of dollars of projects flowing and there are absolutely none there. Oh, and don't mention TSL ... that was an opening day project that was pushed back due to all the construction delays they had. You may recall I had it on the menu that I posted here way back five years ago now.
And let's all sing Happy Birthday to SDL now!!! Two years of this place running ... amazing ...