Don't post much anymore, but this made me think, also made me a bit annoyed.
So attendance predictions look "soft" ok....
What does TDO do? Cut back labor, tighten up budgets, make an empty park feel fuller. Great! And, now, if their predictions are off, then this "optimized staffing" will make for a nightmare-ish park experience.
Wouldn't the better move be to fully staff and operate the parks. If attendance is soft, great, all the guests get a wonderful experience, making them more likely to return. Doesn't that seem like the better long term strategery?
Also, maybe it would help to give folks a reason to visit outside of whatever current festival Epcot is running and sundry after hour "parties" that effectively double the cost of your day at MK? I dunno...
Call me crazy.
You have to keep the shareholders happy, if revenue goes down you have to cut expenses somewhere to make up for it so it doesn't cut into the bottom line.