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POLL: Which do you prefer? Upsells or layoffs

Discussion in 'Sea World Orlando' started by Siren, Dec 7, 2016.

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Which do you prefer?

  1. Upsells. It doesn't bother me because I don't have to buy them.

    34 vote(s)
    79.1%
  2. Layoffs. Parks should layoff workers instead offering optional upsells that I don't have to buy.

    9 vote(s)
    20.9%
  1. Siren

    Siren Well-Known Member

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    Sea World just announced yesterday that they are laying off hundreds of workers to save only $40 Million dollars. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/tourism/os-seaworld-layoffs-20161206-story.html
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    Ironic, given that Sea World just opened a brand new state of the art roller coaster called Mako and announced plans for another new attraction. Everyone talks about wanting "new rides" but there is more to theme parks than just rides.

    I always see people praising Sea World and claiming that it is a better value -- but, the park is dying.

    And, all the experts say this is so bizarre because all of the other theme parks are booming right now.

    Also, Universal has filed a patent to use drones and Magic Bands called Tapu Tapu bands at Volcano Bay. http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/...l-seeks-to-use-drones-in-shows-wearables.html

    There are many people who claim to know so much about business and constantly criticize Disney's business practices but really don't know anything. And, this is the proof.
     
  2. JohnD

    JohnD Well-Known Member

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    This is really a poll? Look, we can complain about the upsells and how ridiculous they are. But come on, upsell vs. layoff? You've got to be kidding.
     
  3. Bocabear

    Bocabear Well-Known Member

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    Buy our $12 mickey Ice Cream Bar or we will close the park and kill a puppy.
     
  4. George

    George Liker of Things Premium Member

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    Just wondering..are any of those that have been laid off available to be my morning oatmeal preparer? After years of reasonably good treatment from the family, Hortense just up and left. Some people just don't appreciate anything.
     
  5. DznyRktekt

    DznyRktekt Well-Known Member

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    Which to do you prefer gallstones or kidney stones?
     
  6. TheDude23

    TheDude23 Well-Known Member

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    It's silly to think these are the two only options, especially when the company is profitable.
     
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  7. JohnD

    JohnD Well-Known Member

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    Queen of Hearts: Don't bother me with selling stuff. Off with their heads!
     
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  8. Andrew C

    Andrew C I'll admit though, is my shirt in there? Premium Member

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    Sea World is profitable?
     
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  9. Siren

    Siren Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Sea World is laying off hundreds of workers to save only $40 Million dollars -- when it could easily be offset and remedied by offering creative upsells. Sea World is taking the easy way out to offset expenses. So yes, upsell versus layoff is appropriate for this poll.

    No one likes upsells but it is not fair to criticize Disney for attempting to find creative ways to increase profits and their bottom line.

    No, it really isn't. What other option is there? Other than to artificially increase admission prices. At least, Disney is offering something tangible with upsells.
     
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  10. Jon81uk

    Jon81uk Well-Known Member

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    Its not a binary question.
     
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  11. Coaster Lover

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    Isn't the issue with Sea World tanking (no pun intended) attendance though? Ever since the Blackfish documentary, people (well, some people) seem to have developed a moral objection to supporting the chain (especially the Sea World parks) which I believe has resulted in a pretty dramatic drop in attendance for the chain. For most amusement parks, there is an ideal ratio guests to employees and if guest numbers are down by 5-10% (I'm not sure of the actual numbers), it would only make sense to reduce staffing by similar amounts. According to their FAQ page (https://seaworld.org/en/animal-info/ask-shamu/faq/), in 2012 they employed more than 21,000 people across all of their properties. A loss of 300 people would be just ~1.5% of their 2012 employment levels which doesn't seem that unreasonable given the slumping attendance. While it's never fun to see companies downsize, it doesn't make sense keeping people on the payroll if they don't have enough business to warrant the extra help.

    Disney (and many other parks for that matter) are simply trying to get more dollars for every guest that enters the park and that's why these up-charges have become so popular at amusement parks across the country (Disney is just late to the game).
     
  12. JohnD

    JohnD Well-Known Member

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    "Layoffs. Disney should layoff workers instead offering optional upsells that I don't have to buy."

    Really? I don't want to be bothered with an opt-in upsell so vote to lay off workers instead. I'm glad you don't work in WDW management.
     
  13. docdebbi

    docdebbi Well-Known Member

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    i am doing a quick scan through on someone's else's computer, but had to go sign in just to like this post.
     
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  14. Mr Ferret 88

    Mr Ferret 88 Situational swearer Premium Member

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    Where is the 3rd option of suing PETA for $40 million

    #animaltrainerslivesmatter
     
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    Jon81uk Well-Known Member

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    Andrew C I'll admit though, is my shirt in there? Premium Member

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  17. jakeman

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    Where is the option for both?
     
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  18. Jon81uk

    Jon81uk Well-Known Member

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    Also coming back to attendance, Disney's issue is some of their parks have too many people attending. Disney would rather have less guests in the Magic Kingdom, spending more money.

    SeaWorld is getting fewer guests (thanks to some protestors) but are managing to get them to spend a little more and they are working on changing their parks and the guests who attend. The new rides have nothing to do with it, they are SeaWorld ensuring that the park continues to ave a future, short-term gains are less relevant.
     
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  19. Luxe

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    The option is there. You just have to pay to become a premium member to access it.
     
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  20. Bocabear

    Bocabear Well-Known Member

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    The Walt Disney Company is already profitable...The parks are already profitable... They do not need to layoff workers the balance the books... So the choice of either lay off workers or create new upcharge events is just greed based
     
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