On layoffs, very bad attendance, and Iger's legacy being one of disgrace

Sirwalterraleigh

Premium Member
So if water parks are the one bright spot in the industry, why do the Disney water parks remain closed?
Simple: they are there just to lengthen the trips of out of town travelers - particularly internationals - and don’t really make much.

It’s an easy place for them to straight up save operational costs.

A lot of the lifeguarding staff isn’t there with the IP/CPs out as well.

Waterparks aren’t coming back anytime soon.
 

larryz

Today's Maytag Repairman
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I don't get the nostalgia for the original EPCOT. I had been there a handful of times pre-1995 (pre-teen years) and then not again until 2009+ (well into adulthood), and I found the latter visits to be far superior.

Soarin'? Compared to the Cabaret and the other thing that either preceded or replaced it? C'mon. Original EPCOT + The Land = Solely the boat ride. Substantial gain.

Mission: Space? I have vivid memories of my childhood, but one of them is not Horizons. I would have remembered something about it if there was something worth remembering. Substantial gain.

Test Track? Ok, the original version was better than the computer version, but the computer version still stands on its own as a great ride. But like Horizons, I have no childhood memory of World of Motion...Couldn't have been worth remembering. Substantial gain.

The Universe of Energy (even pre-Ellen and BNTSG)...Fancy moving auditorium seating and some dinosaurs. That was nap time. No big loss.

The Wonders of Life...Ok, the loss of Body Wars was a substantial loss.

The Living Seas...Ok, a de-theming from Nemo and a return of the Hydrolators would be welcome. But otherwise, it still largely is what it is.

Journey Into Imagination...Ehh, Figment is still Figment, Honey I Shrunk The Audience was cool, seeing Captain EO again was cool, but I really don't mourn either of their losses. The jumping fountains are still the best part.

Spaceship Earth is still Spaceship Earth.

Everything not around the perimeter of Future World (with the exception of Spaceship Earth) was, and still is, a complete dead (to me) zone and is inconveniently large when crossing.

The World Showcase...Other than the conversion from Maelstrom, I can't think of anything else that isn't substantially the same as it always was.

Summing up the substantial gains/losses:

+3 (Soarin', Mission: Space, Test Track)
-1 (Body Wars)

I'm just not seeing the nostalgia.
I have to give Innoventions the props for showing me something I had never before seen...

A clean garbage truck.
 

Sirwalterraleigh

Premium Member
2. Prices!

This is not a matter of the "everybody made less than too" counterargument. Even taking into account inflation, cost of living, minimum wage, etc., Disney genuinely cost much, much less than it does today. Disney never was a cheap vacation but it once was much more affordable.

Iger's most lasting legacies are a reduction in quality and prices that have far outpaced the consumer's ability to pay them.
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MisterPenguin

Rumormonger
Premium Member
Wow. And to think it was just a few years ago I almost got kicked off another not-to-be-named forum for suggesting that WDW needed more thrill coasters 😂

Your suggestion for more thrill coasters is welcome here.

Unfortunately for you, only Disney leadership can make that happen and they've pretty much excluded the idea under the banner of "more family friendly." :(
 
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DisneyDebRob

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I like the guardians movies a lot. One more than 2...

But I think when the mcu dust settles...and it will and maybe much sooner than people think...guardians will be forgotten more. I think the default marvel characters will still rise to the top more quickly.

The Caps are the best...no question. I agree with you there and with ant man.

I think the thors are the biggest stinkers frankly...and the iron man’s were bad but Downey was good.
How quickly we forget about DeadPool? By far the best for me. In the Marvel Universe, with guardians a close second then caps. I get that nothing could ever be done in the parks, even if allowed with pool but they are some serious good fun adult movies.
 

Disstevefan1

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I think you’re thinking quite selfishly though. Yes, I as an adult male with a decent job & no kids can save up over time for an expensive trip to Disney. I do a lot of traveling as well and I still think Disney is highly expensive, especially if you don’t have a love for theme parks. I’ve been to many music festivals these past few years too. Those too are things for singles & couples. Try buying EDC tickets for a family of 4.

I agree with you about the price being where it needs to be to bring among a higher quality of guests. Most don’t spend $300 on a ticket and want to act disorderly. That’s a lot to lose, unlike Sixflags & Seaworld.

Some who spends $300 on a ticket, say to themselves, “I spent $300 on a ticket, I am entitled to do what ever I want”.
 

Sirwalterraleigh

Premium Member
How quickly we forget about DeadPool? By far the best for me. In the Marvel Universe, with guardians a close second then caps. I get that nothing could ever be done in the parks, even if allowed with pool but they are some serious good fun adult movies.
I think the future is X-men. They need to bring that in and take the mcu a different direction. It will allow them to not strangle the avengers characters 4x a year and let it breath a little
 

JoeCamel

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Simple: they are there just to lengthen the trips of out of town travelers - particularly internationals - and don’t really make much.

It’s an easy place for them to straight up save operational costs.

A lot of the lifeguarding staff isn’t there with the IP/CPs out as well.

Waterparks aren’t coming back anytime soon.
Volcano Bay hit phase 2 capacity over the weekend
 

lewisc

Active Member
I personally would consider NRJ a C ticket that fits perfectly in the land and does a great job enhancing the experience, but I know a lot of people dislike it. I also suppose it may be a D rather than a C.
The meaning of E tickets has evolved. Hall of Presidents, IASW, Pirates and even Tiki (different name) were all E tickets for at least a year.
 

Sirwalterraleigh

Premium Member
Volcano Bay hit phase 2 capacity over the weekend
And?

Volcano bay is a different market/draw than the Disney waterparks. They built 3 hotels around it.

And universal is overall a more local friendly spot.

I’m just telling you what the waterparks are (I worked with a former gm of blizzard)...you judge it how you see it.
 

bcoachable

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Couldn’t agree more.

I won’t say universal is a “better” overall time...but it’s way better than disneyphiles will tolerate being said. The main problem with URO is that the food and hotels are vastly inferior...there a big strength of wdw still over it (even if they are sliding back there as well)

But there are other places that provide very nice experiences not run by Disney.

First...the most “pure disney” spot is Anaheim now...the nickel and dining plan diming in Orlando puts a stink on it.

Beyond that...

Busch parks are well maintained and provide quality and variety.
It’s a shame sea world has gotten all the bad PR...they are great parks lead by Orlando.

Cedar fairs parks are well run and well appointed. They have been managed well. They are not six flags.

There are other regionals that are more than worthy of time...Hershey and Dollywood come to mind.


I feel like the shade thrown by Disney fans are because they never go anywhere else...or predetermine the parks are inferior before setting foot in them.

You know where else that’s a thing? Disney cruise line...lauded over and over again as “the best”....

When said by those that won’t go on others or make the carnival 1992 comparisons.

They also don’t notice that the service of celebrity ships and the sheer amenities of the RCL oasis and quantum class ships put Disney’s to shame...for less.

Pay no attention to the rodent behind the curtain.
Quoted to Express my disappointment hat you didn’t mention my personal favorite- Steal your dollar city... theme park with a cave tour??!! Take my money!!
 

lewisc

Active Member
Couldn’t agree more.

I won’t say universal is a “better” overall time...but it’s way better than disneyphiles will tolerate being said. The main problem with URO is that the food and hotels are vastly inferior...there a big strength of wdw still over it (even if they are sliding back there as well)
I think the Universal Hotels, dollar for dollar, are far superior to Disney.

Food at Universal varies more then Disney. Hotel restaurants at Universal are as good, JMO better,, then Disney. Palm is an exceptional steakhouse.
 

MurphyJoe

Member
Quoted to Express my disappointment hat you didn’t mention my personal favorite- Steal your dollar city... theme park with a cave tour??!! Take my money!!

Silver Dollar City was my home park for years and a big reason I find it difficult to give Disney a pass on their stage shows, live entertainment, and festival offerings. If a regional park can switch out their live entertainment multiple times per year, along with across the park decor, then the only thing that's stopping a market leader is lack of will. And there's an attempt to keep the offerings on theme with the City too.
 

CaptainAmerica

Premium Member
Silver Dollar City was my home park for years and a big reason I find it difficult to give Disney a pass on their stage shows, live entertainment, and festival offerings. If a regional park can switch out their live entertainment multiple times per year, along with across the park decor, then the only thing that's stopping a market leader is lack of will. And there's an attempt to keep the offerings on theme with the City too.
Different guests. Regional theme parks rely on passholders who might visit five to ten times in a season. Disney relies people who fly in one time every five to ten years. Huge difference.
 

UNCgolf

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I think the Universal Hotels, dollar for dollar, are far superior to Disney.

Food at Universal varies more then Disney. Hotel restaurants at Universal are as good, JMO better,, then Disney. Palm is an exceptional steakhouse.

The Universal hotels don't have nearly the same amount of theming as the best Disney hotels, which is probably the disconnect there. They feel more like standard nice hotels than anything really heavily themed outside of maybe Portofino Bay. Disney has been headed fast in that same direction with basically all of their recent builds, though. I stayed at the Royal Pacific at Universal and it was a very nice hotel -- much nicer than any of Disney's newer offerings, IMO.

The food at Universal is really just an in parks issue. The food inside the four Disney parks is light years better than what they offer in the parks at Universal -- and that's not so much praise of Disney food as an indictment on how absolutely terrible the stuff at Universal is. But it's mitigated at Universal by the fact you can just walk out the front gate of either park into CityWalk, which has several solid food options. Disney Springs has good food too (and probably better overall than CityWalk), but you can't just walk there for lunch or dinner from the theme park so it's not the same level of convenience.

Also, as you said, the price difference is huge. I think I paid roughly half as much to stay at the aforementioned Royal Pacific as I would have to stay at the Polynesian or Contemporary at WDW, and the Royal Pacific is a nicer hotel than either.
 
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UNCgolf

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If I stay at a Disney Resort now I get: first crack at park reservations

If I stay at Royal Pacific, Hard Rock or Portifino I get: Unlimited Universal Express to all rides but Hagrids.

Hmm, which resorts do I think are better? 🤔

Yep, forgot to mention that in my earlier post. Another very nice benefit from staying at the Royal Pacific.

Disney needs to eliminate the whole Disney Springs partner hotel benefits program and reserve all of that for Disney resorts only, at least if they want to keep giving people good reasons to stay there (there are other reasons to stay at the Disney resorts over other nearby hotels, but those reasons have been steadily declining in recent years).
 

the.dreamfinder

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Yep, forgot to mention that in my earlier post. Another very nice benefit from staying at the Royal Pacific.

Disney needs to eliminate the whole Disney Springs partner hotel benefits program and reserve all of that for Disney resorts only, at least if they want to keep giving people good reasons to stay there (there are other reasons to stay at the Disney resorts over other nearby hotels, but those reasons have been steadily declining in recent years).
Why would Disney want to tick off resorts that pay them rent?
 
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