This is definitely true. On my last trip the first thing I thought when I saw tangled toilets for the first time was wow, IASW looks terrible. Pan too. I guess it's just wishful thinking that they would change at this point. Pan was down for quite a while but no change to the facade.I think its more now how the iasw and Pan facades stick out like a sore thumb in comparison.
They just hold the money offshore and use it for other things.. like acquisitions, etc. It's a very high profile topic for companies like Google, Cisco, etc. They all do it knowing they can make their money work better for them by earning it overseas, and keeping it out of the US.Thought you might appreciate this, Spirit. Clearly you are wrong about Disney not investing in its parks overseas.
Unless something has changed they use real plates and silverware at DL at the counter service restaurants. That is one thing I really like about it. No fun trying to cut your pork chop with a plastic knife and fork at Seasons in the Land.When I was in Germany, the simple counter service schnitzel food outlet served all their food on real plates with real silverware. We can't do that in the United States of Honey Boo Boo because too many people would outfit their homes with stolen dishware. Like many have said, "This is why we cannot have nice things."
The location was the food court at the Sudring Centre in Paderborn, NRW.
I know WDW cuts back anywhere and everywhere to try and keep the house of cards propped up, but this is just getting out of hand. Expecting people to cook their own pork chops clearly crosses a line.No fun trying to cook your pork chop with a plastic knife and fork at Seasons in the Land.
That tower is an abomination. I can't believe they put it where they did. It totally ruins the themeing of the HM, Liberty Square and Frontierland. Whoever approved that is an idiot. It might not have stood out as much if they had put it on the other side of the restrooms next to Small World. At least some buildings would have been blocked. The only part of Fantasyland you should be able to see from other areas of the park is the castle. Just awful.I expected they'd leave the Skyway station intact until a full overhaul of the north of Frontierland. Using it as the entrance of a new land cionsiting of the ranch and the area beyond.
I miss the Skyway at the MK's FL too. For aesthetic reasons. It was one half of a Bavarian hillside town, providing the hillside bit. Our FL now looks like Rapunzel cartoon village mixed with a World Showcase South Germanythtotat consisst of a bathroom.
We always knew the days of the Skyway stations at both coasts were numbered once the Skyway was removed. What matters is what replaces it. DL's remoaval will likely not be as intrusive or theme-wrecking.
Unless something has changed they use real plates and silverware at DL at the counter service restaurants. That is one thing I really like about it. No fun trying to cook your pork chop with a plastic knife and fork at Seasons in the Land.
I fixed it. It should have said cut but it made a great joke. I would hate to have to cook with just a plastic knife and fork.I know WDW cuts back anywhere and everywhere to try and keep the house of cards propped up, but this is just getting out of hand. Expecting people to cook their own pork chops clearly crosses a line.
That tower is an abomination. I can't believe they put it where they did. It totally ruins the themeing of the HM, Liberty Square and Frontierland. Whoever approved that is an idiot. It might not have stood out as much if they had put it on the other side of the restrooms next to Small World. At least some buildings would have been blocked. The only part of Fantasyland you should be able to see from other areas of the park is the castle. Just awful.
Sounds similar to when characters went on select rides with guests, then everyone complained that THEIR child did not get to do the same, and now nobody does (or at least not as much).You know this post really got me thinking. Some of this Disney cost-cutting is because of guests. It is a shame we live during a time where people walk in to a counter service restaurant and make themselves a salad off of the topping bar.
Recently I see how the fanbois and mommy blogger communities are sharing a post on how you can obtain free autographs from Disney characters sent to your home. They are abusing this perk. These were the little extras that made Disney special. Now you have honey boo boo-esque people feeling they are entitled to these autographs.
The truth is they are intended for special occasions and/or purposes from Guest Relations. The child that had to leave the park early because they were still ill from medical treatments and missed seeing their favorite character. It was for those special circumstances of guest service recovery and/or helping kids and families that physically (for certain reasons) could not do everything the way you and I can.
Expect this perk to go away soon...not because the company is cheap. Because people abuse the perks because they feel they are entitled. Sad....
There is no need to build a big tower like that for any radio stuff. They could hide antennas in everything from trees to walls. That was just tongue in cheek humor.Spirit posted months and months ago that he thought it might be a RFID tower of some sort and I tend to agree...
Largely true, except for the part about Eisner and transport. He absolutely took into consideration transportation when he first took over. That's why the EPCOT resort area was developed using boats and walkways. It's also why he approved plans for a monorail extension from EPCOT to Disney-MGM with a centrally located stop at the YC for the EPCOT resorts.Well said.
What really bugs me is that WDW once enjoyed the blessing of size, and that through mismanagement they turned this asset into a detriment.
Once you would approach DL from an ugly parking lot, hemmed in by cheap motel towers and urban sprawl. At WDW, you approached the MK in a pleasant fantasy setting. Nowadays, you approach the MK from an ugly bus parking lot, hemmed in by cheap DVC towers and urban sprawl, and DL's through a pleasant fantasy setting.
Transport has never been developed properly after 1983. The idea of WDW was to develop the area with urban public transport. Which requires hubs. The idea was to counter the suburban sprawl which had taken over the US. Instead, Eisner developed WDW as just another parcel of FLorida, carving out suburban spaces as they went along, with utter disregard for what the FLorida Project sought to achieve. Which was brushed aside as the utopian pipedreams of old men from a previous generation. The result is the current transport disaster. Which like everywhere else in subirban America, knows only busses as public transport. That cheapest and most unmagical mode of transport. Transportation in WDW has turned from a smart, magical first ride of the day into a cumbersome, time-consuming temporary suspension of magic.
Even UNI, if it connects its existing resort with a few plots a bit further south will be a more managable resort. Shorter distances, through surroundings that are indistinguishable from the ugliness and suburban sprawl of WDW anyway.
Never again in the developed world will such a large plot of land be acquired by a themed resort, and never again will such a unique prospect be so shamefully squandered.