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

Ayla

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Unless teams are kept very streamlined and management is a part of ongoing conversations regarding productivity, quality of work, morale, etc....there's bound to be dead weight in any operation. When I was managing the graphics department at a busy sign shop, we were able to increase productivity by 30% even after cutting 4 people from my department (they really were dead weight...only did the minimum required to look busy and were, in general, a drain on resources and morale).
My point being, just because people choose not to uproot their lives to move from CA to FL (because, honestly, who can blame them) does not make them dead weight.
 

Andrew C

You know what's funny?
Dead weight? Really?
What? I didn't say it was my idea. But when a company shifts to another location, many times it gives them the opportunity to start fresh. Hire a lot of new people to replace those that didn't make the move, which brings in new ideas (hopefully). And let's not pretend that Disney (or any company) doesn't have dead weight. I also imagine they are likely to lose some good minds as well...
 

flynnibus

Premium Member
Perhaps for many of the CMs, they don't want to give them an incentive? Good way to remove the dead weight. My company did something similar when they shifted our corporate headquarters from California to the east coast. And it worked out really well going forward. But of course, these are different circumstances for Disney.

Not just dead weight - but a cool way to do reductions too. Really easy to 'not back fill roles' when people voluntarily leave vs doing layoffs.
 

el_super

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Not just dead weight - but a cool way to do reductions too. Really easy to 'not back fill roles' when people voluntarily leave vs doing layoffs.

Which to a certain degree makes sense. Disney spent a year complaining about closures and crowing about bringing jobs back. They can't turn around now and announce layoffs while at the same time trying to convince investors the parks are working under their "new" system.

There really isn't much in the pipeline right now for major theme park projects save for EPCOT and WDSP... maybe.
 

Piebald

Well-Known Member
Pickles in Longwood for #2, #3, though it's north of Orlando...
lol

That place is not good if you're hoping to placate some Katzs Deli craving.

Actually, the only decent pastrami on rye I've found is some random food truck called Pastrami Project.
 

UNCgolf

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Not especially drastic, but it’s quite a drop off. Starting at the entry level California has USC, UCLA, UCI and Stanford all which are superior to every college in Florida.

California has 6 universities in the US News Top 30 (not that that's even close to being some kind of completely accurate, definitive ranking, but just as a quick look). New York, North Carolina, and Massachusetts are the only other states that even have 3.
 

scottb411

Active Member
California has 6 universities in the US News Top 30 (not that that's even close to being some kind of completely accurate, definitive ranking, but just as a quick look). New York, North Carolina, and Massachusetts are the only other states that even have 3.

Speaking to anyone considering moving to Lake Nona for Disney on this topic, if you are planning on your child attending Stanford or USC at this time and want to research what that would mean if you moved to Florida - from families living here in Florida, the kids here are going to go away for college - they are going to MIT, NYU, Wake Forest, Northwestern, Harvard, and other Ivy League schools in the Northeast. Lake Nona is already a great high school and Disney moving 2,000+ coworkers to the area is going to accelerate that high school to one of the top schools in the state. You will also want to consider Winter Park High School or Lake Highland Preparatory School. Graduates from these schools attend colleges all over the United States including Stanford and USC. Being at Lake Nona, you will be a 5 minute uber drive away from the airport with 2.5 hour direct flights going to New York, Chicago, and Boston every hour to be able to easily visit your child at school and vice-versa.

Closer to home, Florida, Florida State, and Miami are popular choices along with Rollins in Winter Park and the hometown University of Central Florida (UCF) as the No. 1 workforce supplier of graduates to the U.S. aerospace and defense industries, according to Aviation Week Network:



Walt Disney World leaders George Kalogridis and Al Weiss are UCF Alumni:


 
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JT3000

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At one point I lived in Central FL. Moved a few states north and its more southern here than they could even dream of there.
We don't exactly dream of being southern. 🤣
In an Out is average at best.
Oh god, now you've really gone and done it. You've desecrated the altar Californians worship at. You've besmirched the honor of the garden variety fast food joint they hype up like a 5-star restaurant. They were already desperate to prove their culinary superiority over us uncultured swamp dwellers, now we'll never hear the end of it.

But it's true.
 

Lilofan

Well-Known Member
We don't exactly dream of being southern. 🤣

Oh god, now you've really gone and done it. You've desecrated the altar Californians worship at. You've besmirched the honor of the garden variety fast food joint they hype up like a 5-star restaurant. They were already desperate to prove their culinary superiority over us uncultured swamp dwellers, now we'll never hear the end of it.

But it's true.
Disney Legend actor Robert Downey Jr loves In-N-Out. Everytime he gets released from jail on drug possession his first go to meal is at In-N-Out.
 

Willmark

Well-Known Member
Oh god, now you've really gone and done it. You've desecrated the altar Californians worship at. You've besmirched the honor of the garden variety fast food joint they hype up like a 5-star restaurant. They were already desperate to prove their culinary superiority over us uncultured swamp dwellers, now we'll never hear the end of it.
I wonder how the rest of us in the 49 other states survive on a daily basis.
 

DonaldDoleWhip

Well-Known Member
As a current Californian, I'll completely agree In-N-Out is overrated. So is Five Guys. The real secret is to pay a few bucks more for Habit Burger, which is so much better - I'd take it over the likes of Shake Shack and BurgerFi, and there's only so much you can expect from a $2-3 burger in 2021 anyway.

Or better yet, grab some ingredients from the farmer's markets dotted across the state, which can't really be topped. Only the other Pacific states can match CA's quality, but nowhere can top the quality + variety.

Not to dismiss the upsides, but this remains one area virtually anyone moving from LA to Central Florida would see as a downgrade.
 

UNCgolf

Well-Known Member
As a current Californian, I'll completely agree In-N-Out is overrated. So is Five Guys. The real secret is to pay a few bucks more for Habit Burger, which is so much better - I'd take it over the likes of Shake Shack and BurgerFi, and there's only so much you can expect from a $2-3 burger in 2021 anyway.

Or better yet, grab some ingredients from the farmer's markets dotted across the state, which can't really be topped. Only the other Pacific states can match CA's quality, but nowhere can top the quality + variety.

Not to dismiss the upsides, but this remains one area virtually anyone moving from LA to Central Florida would see as a downgrade.

I think Five Guys is far and away the best place for a fast food burger, although I'm not sure if it really counts as fast food since you do have to wait for them to actually cook it. The burgers are good, but the fries are the real reason to go. There's not even a comparison between their fries and any other QS burger place. However, you pay for that overall quality. You're generally going to spend more at Five Guys than you would anywhere else.

Shake Shack is good as well, and BurgerFi is okay, but I'd easily take Five Guys over either. I've only been to In-N-Out twice, but it wasn't very good either visit. I don't have any plans to go back a third time.
 

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