The World's Most Magical Celebration - Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary

freediverdude

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I'm sorry, but a quick drive by of the characters is not the same as the 3 o'clock parade. This is the 50th anniversary, that's just sad. I don't care if they're claiming social distancing or what, a 50th anniversary deserves a lot more. Anybody remember the "Remember the Magic" parade for the 25th anniversary? I can still sing part of that in my head. They should be pulling out all the stops on this, no excuse.
 

Andrew C

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I'm sorry, but a quick drive by of the characters is not the same as the 3 o'clock parade. This is the 50th anniversary, that's just sad. I don't care if they're claiming social distancing or what, a 50th anniversary deserves a lot more. Anybody remember the "Remember the Magic" parade for the 25th anniversary? I can still sing part of that in my head. They should be pulling out all the stops on this, no excuse.
Really hoping they can get back to a parade going early next year.
 

hopemax

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It makes me think they should have also offered a separate merch event at the convention center or something. That way the merch-obsessed can get their goods and everyone else can celebrate the parks a bit more peacefully.
Apparently, the entire Contemporary convention center was taken over by Media, so that would have been unavailable.

In the 21st Century, they could have just have built in MDE, a section where people with a Magic Kingdom Park Reservation could order merchandise at their leisure and a central pickup location where items would be pulled and bagged, or people could have paid to have their merchandise conveniently shipped home (or make more items like a pre-order, with an initial quantity available for the early birds but if you REALLY wanted something, you weren't stuck with secondary market). They could have put merchandise in the windows or central displays for people who wanted to see something before buying.

But every anniversary, they have to make things as chaotic as possible. For the 45th, they had the special merchandise in the center room in the Emporium, and a taped off queue. It avoided the cramming situation like what happened today, but there was an initial 5 minutes of chaos because they didn't have a way to funnel people smoothly from the turnstyle into the queue, everyone rushed the doors until a bunch of CMs showed up trying to get people in lines. After doing several of these, Animal Kingdom seems to be able to handle these rushes the best. The other parks, it's like no one in management can foresee what the entire guest population knows is going to happen because it's been happening for every anniversary since Disneyland's 50th in 2005. Which tells me either managers are bad at understanding and predicting guest behavior. Or it's intentional. As chaotic and hostile of a process it is for the guests that are there, it gets the right amount of social media attention (there is no such thing as bad PR) and things sell out.
 

brb1006

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I'm sorry, but a quick drive by of the characters is not the same as the 3 o'clock parade. This is the 50th anniversary, that's just sad. I don't care if they're claiming social distancing or what, a 50th anniversary deserves a lot more. Anybody remember the "Remember the Magic" parade for the 25th anniversary? I can still sing part of that in my head. They should be pulling out all the stops on this, no excuse.
Heck, WDW's 40th Anniversary had some effort put into it back in 2011. Remember when the park had a character cavalcade that begun from Main Street and ended with almost every Disney Character and Cast Member arriving on Cinderella Castle?


Disneyland's 60th Anniversary featured Disney Characters exiting Sleeping Beauty Castle as the audience are singing 'Happy Birthday" to Disneyland.


Disneyland Paris' 25th Anniversary did a similar approach, but on a much larger scale.


It's disappointing Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary didn't follow this approach. What a missed opportunity.
 
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Bullseye1967

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Premium Member
Compliments are rare in the service industry. You’ll hear, and remember, the small amount of negative feedback you receive from customers. It’s a no brainer for management to celebrate the positive ones to help staff morale.
I learned in hospitality that an unhappy guest is nine times more likely to complain than a happy guest is to compliment.
 

PolynesianPrincess

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Today it's really not the Magic Kingdom, it's the virtual shopping queue and food Kingdom. Took a thirty minute line to get into the Emporium and an hour to get out because there was only one exit . The inside was a real mess with strollers and ECVs just parked in the middle walkway surrounded by mindless chicken zombies mindlessly clucking over merch that's been available for the last week. I don't get the lines for the 4 colors of balloon popcorn buckets. Mickey and Minnie were cute however.

Whomever was in charge of planning the merch sales needs some remedial math tutoring because their numbers didn't add up.

It's a mess of people buying merchandise to resell on eBay for a profit. If the only people in line were people who ACTUALLY wanted the merchandise, it would be much better. But no, people gotta make a buck!
 

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