Cash-Strapped Disney

tanc

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Welcome to the boards!
I’m curious, what was it about the Mary Poppins ride that made it sound like it was going to be an amazing addition to Epcot?
It would have been nice to see an additional attraction in the World Showcase, there's so much they could do with the lands and Mary Poppins fits super well in the UK obviously.
 

_caleb

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It would have been nice to see an additional attraction in the World Showcase, there's so much they could do with the lands and Mary Poppins fits super well in the UK obviously.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. When rumors of a Mary Poppins ride in the United Kingdom pavilion first started spreading around here, I think a lot of us hoped for something like Tony Baxter‘s old “Jolly Holiday” concept, which would have appeared to be a carousel ride but had the horses leave the carousel as part of a prosper dark ride.

Anyway, when Disney announced the plans for the ride they were going to build in Epcot, many of us were disappointed, as it appeared the ride was actually just going to be an indoor carousel.

This is relevant to the topic of this thread, though, as now the project appears to have been tabled indefinitely due to financial limitations. Obviously, the fact that Disney announces a new attraction is no guarantee that it will be built. I’m sorry we’ll miss out on this one, but hopeful it’ll come back around even better in the future.
 

_caleb

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I wonder how much Disney is seriously looking at better ways to use the space and facilities they already have in order to increase offerings to the public without costing too much or threatening social distancing in the parks?

I know they’ve put characters on rooftops and floats, but it seems like there is a lot they could do to more fully utilize what’s already there.
 

_caleb

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I wonder how much Disney is seriously looking at better ways to use the space and facilities they already have in order to increase offerings to the public without costing too much or threatening social distancing in the parks?

I know they’ve put characters on rooftops and floats, but it seems like there is a lot they could do to more fully utilize what’s already there.
The recent reports of Disney turning the Pirates League into a CM break room are not encouraging in this regard. I get that a small pirate-themed face painting lounge may not be the best idea during virus distancing, but the park needs more (safe, distanced) public areas, not fewer. Again, I just hope someone is looking at utilization of the facilities and thinking creatively about how they might increase guest experiences.
 

peter11435

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The recent reports of Disney turning the Pirates League into a CM break room are not encouraging in this regard. I get that a small pirate-themed face painting lounge may not be the best idea during virus distancing, but the park needs more (safe, distanced) public areas, not fewer. Again, I just hope someone is looking at utilization of the facilities and thinking creatively about how they might increase guest experiences.
Don’t take those reports as an indication that Disney won’t use the space for guests use in the future. Everything you say about guests applies to cast also. The park needs more safe and distanced breakrooms and backstage spaces so they had to find way to increase capacity in that regard. The former pirates league is just one example of many guests locations that are currently being used as cast break space. Those locations will open to guests again someday but for now they are very much needed for cast use.
 

_caleb

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Don’t take those reports as an indication that Disney won’t use the space for guests use in the future. Everything you say about guests applies to cast also. The park needs more safe and distanced breakrooms and backstage spaces so they had to find way to increase capacity in that regard. The former pirates league is just one example of many guests locations that are currently being used as cast break space. Those locations will open to guests again someday but for now they are very much needed for cast use.
Great points. And, thanks for the reminder about CM needs, too.
 
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