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Peter Pirate
09-29-2002, 10:18 AM
WDW announced that James Rasulo is the new President of Parks & Resorts. See
Rasulo (biz.yahoo.com/bw/020929/292006_1.html)

:cool: :cool: :bounce: :cool: :cool:

manning
09-29-2002, 10:34 AM
It has been said that Al Weiss was campaigning for the job. Along with this being the second time passed up, do you think he will now decide to leave? If so, how would this affect WDW and the employees. He was instrumental in minimizing layoffs.

wdw4us2
09-29-2002, 10:56 AM
I would like to read something from an outside (non-Disney) source about Mr. Rasulo before I form an opinion about him.

I am disappointed that Al Weiss was passed over, again. I just hope that he sticks around.:(

Lisa:smooth:

Luv2Roam
09-29-2002, 11:07 AM
Sorry to hear Weiss didn't get the position. But I think that is a blessing to WDW, and probably to us as well ;).

Peter Pirate
09-29-2002, 11:46 AM
I think Weiss would have been good, of course thats barring the shackles of ME and I'm hoping that being passed over won't sour him (I think he's been very good at WDW). I think the fact that he's being passed on in favor of a 17 year veteran (who I think AV reported) wanted to come back to America will help to mitigate his bad feelings hopefully (I mean it may have been a harder pill to swallow if Harris had been picked instead).

As the head of European Disney Rasulo has certainly seen some battles...Whether this means he's ready for this is anyones guess. I would be interested to know if Rasulo is a guy generally believed to 'get it,' in the Disney vernacular (AV ???).
:cool: :cool: :bounce: :cool: :cool:

lrodk
09-29-2002, 12:31 PM
I still strongly believe that the real positive change won't begin until a change is made at the top. It really doesn't matter a whole lot who ME picks to run the parks(although admitedly it would help if the person genuinely cared about the guests and CMs) since their hands will ultimately be tied by Burbank over all of the pressing issues. Pressler's departure IMHO is part of the corporate "blood-letting" process that will eventually lead to MEs departure. The only saving grace will be if ME jumps ship before the whole thing sinks to the bottom. That I'm afraid is unlikely. The best case scenario is that he is dismissed as CEO by the majority voting members of the board before any more damage is done. Unfortunately my gut feeling tells me that this whole situation will end in a huge ugly mess before things start to get better. I hope I'm wrong.

Bob O
09-29-2002, 12:53 PM
I would agre with Irodk that ME has to go to get real change. but i would have preferred a outsider rather than a inside person.

Safari Steve
09-29-2002, 01:00 PM
Oh well. I'm sure that Al will be around for a while. His current position is still up there on the food chain. People were saying that Mr. Weiss could be passed over because he lacks "international experience" as a result of spending his entire career @ WDW.
European operations have been doing fairly well, I guess... so maybe this guy will be allright. We'll see.

As for insider vs outsider, I'll take someone who knows the company and the cast over the corporate "flavor of the month" any day.

Luv2Roam
09-29-2002, 01:23 PM
Agree. Whenever an outsider is brought in to that kind of position everyone gripes about it anyway.

meowthew2
09-29-2002, 01:24 PM
I'm glad neither Al or Cynthia got it. I want them to be around after Eisner leaves.

DVC-Landbaron
09-29-2002, 03:02 PM
From what Iíve seen in other groups he is NOT going to solve any of our woes! Additionally, heís got to be a well known Ďyes-maní to Ei$ner, otherwise he wouldnít have even been considered. And from the news release, if this doesnít just fill you with that warm and fuzzy feeling then I donít know what will!! :rolleyes:

Jay has an exceptional understanding of our brand and the complexities of the parks and resorts business. His talents as a strategic thinker, accomplished leader and effective operator combine to make Jay the perfect person to lead the parks and resorts group

It looks to me as if itís the - Same old... Same old....

I hope Iím wrong. AV? Any insight?

space42
09-29-2002, 03:32 PM
Originally posted by DVC-Landbaron
From what Iíve seen in other groups he is NOT going to solve any of our woes! Additionally, heís got to be a well known Ďyes-maní to Ei$ner, otherwise he wouldnít have even been considered. And from the news release, if this doesnít just fill you with that warm and fuzzy feeling then I donít know what will!! :rolleyes:



It looks to me as if itís the - Same old... Same old....

I hope Iím wrong. AV? Any insight?

Yeah, but look at the bright side. When Ei$ner is ejected, we will still have Al and Cynthia around and by all acounts they do indeed 'get it'.

indigo
09-29-2002, 04:48 PM
It is my belief that Rasulo might have the 'magic' in him. However, the fact that he presided over the building of the Paris Disney Studios, a park with all the problems of DCA, makes me wary. Was that a budget issue and he did the best he could? Or did the scope of the park provide the real limitation?

Also, Rasulo's real-estate background (read hotel development) puts him in the same pocket as Barry Braverman. The cheif architect of DCA. See a theme here?

Unless Rasulo is made from a different mold than Braverman and Pressler, then I think we're in for more of the same.

hopemax
09-29-2002, 06:14 PM
My first impression is that AV's question of whether the board or Eisner would choose, and it looks like Eisner won. But I still don't know what that means.

I assumed AV's "the board" was really the Roy Disney/Stanley Gold faction, so this could mean that Eisner still has the approval of the majority of the board, we're still stuck with him for awhile. It could mean that the Gold/Disney faction isn't ready to go "all the way" and therefore didn't really fight Eisner's choice right now. When they do go "all the way," or whenever Eisner departs, however that happens, the new guy would probably choose his own guy to head the Theme Parks & Resorts.

I guess I'm feeling that whoever was picked, isn't going to be *the* guy for the long term, so whoever it is really doesn't matter, except maybe to say how long Eisner is still going to be around. I take this as,"Eisner's not on life-support quite yet."

Regardless of what happens, I'm glad Pressler's gone because it means he's NOT going to be Eisner's successor.

Another Voice
09-29-2002, 06:46 PM
Very quickly...

Mike won.

As it was said to me - "Eisner found someone for the 'do the stalls really need the extra roll of toilet paper' mentatilty that the parks are about to be plunged into".

hopemax
09-29-2002, 07:54 PM
You know, as bad as this sounds, I feel like I can't get too worked up.

I still believe that the problems at WDW are more to do with the decisions and direction of the past decade. The economy, threat of terrorism are catalysts. I still believe that people have money for luxuries. But they can't afford as many luxuries as they once did.

"Do I want a new car or a trip to WDW? Well, the last trip to WDW seemed off, I don't know why, and there doesn't seem to be very many new things that I'm interested in, and interest rates are so low right now...I think I'll go with the car." I believe that if things were better at the parks people would say, "You know, interest rates are really good right now, but my car still has life, it's still reliable, and with all this worry I really NEED a vacation, it will be good to spend time with the family, and WDW is so fabulous." Same scenarios playing out with other families trying to decide between trips to WDW and new computers, attending sporting events, and <insert your own luxury that is so important to you that you are still finding a way to do, even if it means brown-bagging lunch, or giving up some other luxury>.

I've heard a lot of bad stuff of the condition of the French parks. All of it from either Americans or the British. And they complain that the French don't care, and that's why the park is able to get away with it. Who are WDW's main audience? Americans and the British.

Yes, conditions will get worse. And attendence, hotel bookings, guest spending will get worse too. And the microscope will still be fixed on the offices in Burbank.

I feel like I'm gambling, and my opponent just offered "double or nothing." I could lose big, I could win big, but the game will stop dragging on like it has been. And as much as I'd like to win, I'm tired and I'd rather the game just be over. Under Pressler, I felt like a yo-yo, the schizophrenia that DVC describes, just enough good coming out to keep coming back, still too much bad to be satisfied. If it gets any worse, I wouldn't be able to bring myself to ever go back.

JeffH
09-29-2002, 07:58 PM
the stalls really need the extra roll of toilet paper'
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I don't really think that that stuff they have in the stalls is toilet paper. It's so thin it redefines the meaning of 'paper thin'. It's so narrow that your hand ends up doing most of the work. It's (lack of) texture is like teflon. I imagine that that stuff is cheaper per inch, but when I have to use about 2 yards of it per wipe and it takes about 10 wipes to feel clean, it doesn't really cost less.

roymccoy
09-29-2002, 08:19 PM
I'm sure this guy was picked because he helped turn EuroDisney around. Eisner has one year to turn the parks around or he's out, so it was a pretty obvious choice. All the other names mentioned were all to bloodied by the failure of DCA and the not-so-great showing of AK. This guy is the only one that has had any sort of success in the last few years.

Roy

P.S. The toilet paper is a joke. At DL, there is an exhibit of space items in Tomorrowland which includes a piece of what is billed as "The thinnest material known to man" It will be used on future space missions to collect space particles. Someone taped a little sign to the display case that said "Disneyland toilet paper is the thinnest material known to man"

manning
09-29-2002, 09:18 PM
There is a time to fight and a time to lay back and let the other guy defeat himself.

This could be what Roy and Gold may be doing, or they may not have their ducks in order yet. I would hold back and see what develops and if ME stumbles, it makes it easier to dump him.

Planogirl
09-29-2002, 10:15 PM
Originally posted by hopemax
You know, as bad as this sounds, I feel like I can't get too worked up.

I still believe that the problems at WDW are more to do with the decisions and direction of the past decade. The economy, threat of terrorism are catalysts. I still believe that people have money for luxuries. But they can't afford as many luxuries as they once did.

"Do I want a new car or a trip to WDW? Well, the last trip to WDW seemed off, I don't know why, and there doesn't seem to be very many new things that I'm interested in, and interest rates are so low right now...I think I'll go with the car." I believe that if things were better at the parks people would say, "You know, interest rates are really good right now, but my car still has life, it's still reliable, and with all this worry I really NEED a vacation, it will be good to spend time with the family, and WDW is so fabulous." Same scenarios playing out with other families trying to decide between trips to WDW and new computers, attending sporting events, and <insert your own luxury that is so important to you that you are still finding a way to do, even if it means brown-bagging lunch, or giving up some other luxury>.


I think that many people may also be asking themselves if they should go with a trip to WDW or a trip to somewhere else. I had heard that many people are heading for destinations closer to home and that they are also trying to spend less money. After all trips to WDW are pricey and if they think that the parks seemed off the last time they went, what is the incentive to return?

I hope that Disneyland can hang in there through all of this. I don't know about WDW.

Another Voice
09-29-2002, 10:15 PM
More quick bits...

His primary experience with the Parks and Resorts division was first acquiring (and then selling off) real estate for the ESPN Zone, Disney Quest and Disney Playroom concepts. And his main job at Euro Disney was to attract new cleints for their version of Downtown Disney and to sell off real estate to non-Disney hotels, an office complex and a large shopping mall.

Gee - I wonder what one year wonder he's been tasked to perform at WDW to raise a lot of cash???????

lrodk
09-29-2002, 11:13 PM
AV, I have read in the past that Disney plans on selling more of it's property(much as they did with Crossroads in Lake Buena Vista) to non-Disney companies as an easy way to raise cash. I could see this happening to a larger degree than in the past as current management gets more and more desperate to raise cash. Are you implying that the new guy(who is proven to be very proficient in real estate dealings, particularly with Hotels) will be the fascilitator of these types of transactions in the months to come? That's very interesting, and as usual, very cryptic of you Sir. Thanks for the news. :)

lrodk
09-29-2002, 11:30 PM
You seem to be on to something here AV(as usual :). Jim Hill is reporting today that WDW has far too many rooms for Burbank's taste(reportedly about 5000 too many). This is why Pop Century remains closed even though it's essentially finished, and The Carribean was shut down. What shocked me was news that he heard from one of his moles which says that Disney may lease one of it's flagship resorts to Loews as a way to reduce their room inventory. Here's a link to the full story:

http://www.jimhillmedia.com/newarticles/singles/jay_leads_the_way.htm

jlima
09-30-2002, 01:09 AM
On their website:

Disney Picks Rasulo to Head
Global Theme-Park Division

By BRUCE ORWALL
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Walt Disney Co. named James A. Rasulo, chairman and chief executive of Euro Disney SCA, to head its global theme-park operations following the departure of Paul Pressler, who left the entertainment company last week to become chief executive of Gap Inc.

At Euro Disney, which is 39.1% owned by Disney, Mr. Rasulo oversees the decade-old Disneyland Paris outside that city, which attracts about 12 million visitors a year, as well as the new Walt Disney Studios theme park, which opened there in March. The 46-year-old Mr. Rasulo, who will become president of Disney parks and resorts world-wide, has been the top executive at Euro Disney since 2000 and is a veteran of the U.S. company, having worked in areas such as regional entertainment and strategic alliances.

By quickly tapping someone from inside the Disney family to replace Mr. Pressler, Disney Chairman and CEO Michael Eisner is aiming to signal that the company still has a deep management bench. The company suffered through a long list of executive defections in recent years, including a number, like Mr. Pressler, who were considered candidates to one day succeed Mr. Eisner. Mr. Pressler's departure was especially ill-timed for the Disney chief, who is under pressure from the board to devise a more clear succession strategy.

Mr. Rasulo steps to the helm at a tough time for Disney's theme parks, which in the U.S. are reeling from a double whammy of the recession and last year's Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Much of the problem is international visitation, which remains far below normal levels. And lately some new issues have cropped up for the division, such as millions of dollars in higher health-care costs for park workers that are beginning to cut into margins.

While it waits for a rebound, Mr. Rasulo said, the company will continue to focus on cost-cutting, its relationships with the travel trade and customer relations. "There's a lot of uncertainty" about the timing of a turnaround, he added, but "what we can do is absolutely be ready for it when it does" occur.

Aside from facing the tough operating conditions, Mr. Rasulo also will take the reins of a continuing rollout of new Disney parks in the U.S. and abroad. That expansion has had a mixed track record so far. A second Disney park in Tokyo, opened last year, has been a smash hit. But the new California Adventure park in Anaheim, Calif., has been a bust so far, and the new Paris park Mr. Rasulo himself was responsible for is off to a modest start also, by some accounts. The most crucial projects may be the ones furthest off: Disney is set to open its first Chinese park, in Hong Kong, in 2005, and is negotiating to build another park, in Shanghai, that would be ready by 2008.

Disney said that an international search is under way to find an executive to replace Mr. Rasulo at Euro Disney. Euro Disney encompasses not only the theme parks -- situated 45 minutes outside Paris in Marne-la-Vallee, France -- but also housing developments and a huge shopping mall. The recent expansion is meant to create a multiday destination that keeps people on Disney's property longer. Euro Disney's hope was that the new park would boost annual attendance at the resort to about 17 million from the current 12 million.

Mr. Rasulo wouldn't comment on attendance at the new park, except to say that current economic conditions aren't optimal and adding that hotel bookings have been strong and that some evidence shows visitors are extending their stays, as hoped. Euro Disney is adding about 2,000 hotel rooms over the next 18 months.

jlima
09-30-2002, 01:15 AM
Didn't Disney dump the office building that houses Disney Cruise Line in Celebration just a few months ago . . . expect to see more of this stuff! Leasing their hotels out makes sense; with more relationships similar to how the Swan and Dolphin are operated, Disney still gets guests on property; the guests have most on-site benefits such as transportation, etc but keeping the rooms filled will be somebody else's responsibility.

:Pinkbounc

DVC-Landbaron
09-30-2002, 01:25 AM
Originally posted by jlima
the guests have most on-site benefits such as transportation, etc but keeping the rooms filled will be somebody else's responsibility.

:Pinkbounc

Oh boy!! The slope keeps getting slipperier!!! :(

jlima
09-30-2002, 01:26 AM
on their website:

Disney Picks Paris Veteran to Run Parks
Entertainment: Naming of Euro Disney's James Rasulo surprises many who expected Walt Disney World's president to take over.

By RICHARD VERRIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER

Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Michael Eisner on Sunday turned to an American in Paris, plucking a 17-year company veteran to head one of highest-profile?and economically challenged?divisions of the lumbering entertainment giant.

Crossing the Atlantic to silence naysayers who question the depth of his management ranks, Eisner moved quickly to to fill the gaping hole created by the sudden departure Friday of respected theme parks president Paul Pressler and appointed Euro Disney chief James A. Rasulo to head Walt Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide.

The appointment of the 46-year-old New Yorker was a surprise as many within and outside the company expected Walt Disney World President Al Weiss to replace Pressler, who announced his resignation Thursday to become chief executive of retailer Gap Inc.

The resignation of one of Eisner's most loyal lieutenants dealt an unexpected blow to Eisner, who has been feeling the heat from influential board members and investors to improve the company's earnings and stock price. Eisner also has been under pressure to articulate a succession plan. Although Rasulo has the trust and respect of Eisner's inner circle of top executives, he was not recruited as a potential successor, a source close to the company said.

Even though Weiss spent his entire 30-year career at Walt Disney World and heads the world's largest theme park resort, he lacked the international experience that Disney executives singled out in their hiring of Rasulo.

The urbane executive, who is fluent in French and a wine connoisseur, is known as a provocative and passionate leader who understands the cultural nuances of foreign markets, which Disney has come to appreciate after some hard lessons in France. Rasulo is credited with helping transform Disneyland Paris, a onetime financial disaster that was branded a "cultural Chernobyl" by the French elite, into one of Europe's busiest tourist destinations.

Executives with "global" on their resumes are in big demand as Disney is discovering that it's indeed a small world after all.

The company is shifting its attention overseas as domestic markets mature. Last spring Disney opened a second theme park at Disneyland Paris and added another theme park in Tokyo. The company also is building a theme park in Hong Kong, set to open in 2006, and has plans for another in Shanghai.

"Jay has been instrumental in making Disneyland Resort Paris the most popular tourist destination in Europe," Eisner said in a statement. "His vision and extensive experience in the international arena will be invaluable as we continue to grow the business globally."

Eisner is counting on Rasulo to carry out a daunting task: to help ride the company's core division through an economic storm. Disney's theme parks, once the company's breadwinner, have taken a beating in the last year as the soft economy and last year's terrorist attacks have pushed vacation bookings down 10%.

In addition to Disney's 10 theme parks, Rasulo also will oversee the Disney Cruise Line, Disney Regional Entertainment, Walt Disney Imagineering and Anaheim Sports Inc., which oversees the Anaheim Angels baseball team.

In an interview, Rasulo said he intends to draw on his background in international marketing to help alleviate the falloff in foreign travel that has hurt Disney's domestic theme parks, especially in Orlando.

"This is one of the most exciting challenges of my 17 years with Disney," Rasulo said..

However, Rasulo downplayed expectations of a quick turnaround in the theme park business. "I'm certainly not going to be able to turn around a fundamental world trend."

He said he would continue to streamline the division while balancing the needs to invest in future projects.

"Maybe we tilted the balance a little bit toward seeking efficiencies and cost reductions," he said.

"Disney parks and resorts are fixtures of the landscape, and they certainly depend on the quality of the execution of the Disney brand," he said. "We're not going to compromise on that."

Rasulo said the issue of whether he might be considered a successor to Eisner did not come up in his conversations with Eisner this weekend, nor was that a factor in his decision, he said. After two years as a manager at Marriott Corp., Rasulo joined Disney in 1986 and has held a range of positions in the company. He was head of the Corporate Alliances division from 1993 to 1995 and later became senior vice president of Disney Regional Entertainment, where he had some misfires. He was involved in the development of the Club Disney entertainment centers, which were shuttered in 1999 because of weak sales.

In 1998, Rasulo, who is married and has three children, moved to Paris to become executive vice president of Euro Disney, the holding company for Disneyland Paris, and became the resort's chairman and CEO two years later.

During his tenure there, Rasulo oversaw a period of massive real estate development and signed four major hotel deals with European operators and hotel chains for the construction of 2,000 rooms on the Euro Disney property and surrounding area. This year he opened a second theme park in Paris, called Walt Disney Studios, where he took great pains to avoid the cultural faux pas of his predecessors. The new studio, for example, prominently includes heroes of French as well as American cinema.

"You're always better off when you listen to the customer and listen to what they want and continue to evolve and adapt your product constantly," Rasulo said.

It was a lesson his predecessors learned the hard way after Disneyland Paris (then Euro Disney) nearly went under after its opening in 1992.

In a rescue plan, Disney restructured the park's $3-billion debt, reduced its equity to 39% and postponed royalty and management fees for several years. Park officials also cut ticket prices and introduced alcoholic drinks and a broader range of food concessions and attractions. The strategy worked, and by 1995 Euro Disney had recorded its first annual operating profit.

Although Rasulo joined Euro Disney several years after the restructuring was underway, he has played an important role in its ongoing turnaround, analyst say.

"Jay's a smart guy," said Steve Baker, an Orlando theme park consultant and former Walt Disney World executive. "Disney needs a good manager right now, somebody who knows the busuiness, who can build a team and get the morale up. Jay can do that."

Former Disney executive John Cooke described Rasulo's appointment as "very good for Michael [Eisner] because of Jay's experience in strategic planning and in Europe."

Several other Disney executives were considered candidates for replacing Pressler, including Disney Cruise Line chief Matt Ouimett and Disneyland President Cynthia Harriss.

"This is great news for our company.... " Weiss said. "We're in very good hands."

Disney did not name a replacement for Rasulo.

On Friday, Disney stock closed down 66 cents to $15.24 on the New York Stock Exchange.

Dad of 5
09-30-2002, 08:32 AM
Originally posted by JeffH
<br>
I don't really think that that stuff they have in the stalls is toilet paper. It's so thin it redefines the meaning of 'paper thin'. It's so narrow that your hand ends up doing most of the work. It's (lack of) texture is like teflon. I imagine that that stuff is cheaper per inch, but when I have to use about 2 yards of it per wipe and it takes about 10 wipes to feel clean, it doesn't really cost less.

Uhhhh, thanks for sharing that. (Should've read this before eating breakfast.)

wdwguide
09-30-2002, 08:40 AM
Originally posted by Another Voice
More quick bits...

His primary experience with the Parks and Resorts division was first acquiring (and then selling off) real estate for the ESPN Zone, Disney Quest and Disney Playroom concepts. And his main job at Euro Disney was to attract new cleints for their version of Downtown Disney and to sell off real estate to non-Disney hotels, an office complex and a large shopping mall.

Gee - I wonder what one year wonder he's been tasked to perform at WDW to raise a lot of cash???????

Well, Euro Disney doesn't own that land, they just have an option on it that expires in 2017. Since they are hopelessly behind schedule on the resort's development and very low on cash, creating this "Hotel Plaza Boulevard" seems like a smart idea, since it increases their lodging capacity without having to pay for the resort construction and operation.
The Val d'Europe, by the way, Euro Disney was required to build as part of the development contract with the government if I am not mistaken.

WDSearcher
09-30-2002, 09:52 AM
Here's a radical idea ... we could actually let the guy DO something in his new job before we start talking about how it's going to be "more of the same" and assuming the worst.

I know it's all speculation that's been driven by the recent problems throughout the "World," but really. To listen to you guys talk, you wouldn't be happy unless Walt himself rose from the grave to take on the position. And even then you'd probably be grousing about how long it had been since he ran a theme park, complaining that he'd never run a "media empire," and speculating that he doesn't have a clue about what popular cuture is in the year 2002!

Give the guy a little support, why don'tcha?

:rolleyes:

Bstanley
09-30-2002, 10:04 AM
NAahh...

The Big ME picked him - which means the guy must be roughly equivalent to one of Saruman's minions (http://store3.yimg.com/I/gargoylesanddarkactionfigures_1702_833154[/URL)

;-)

DisneyKidds
09-30-2002, 10:26 AM
Yes, we shouldn't condemn the guy before he has had a chance to prove himeself either way. It does seem that he is a ME choice, and time will tell if that truely is a bad thing.

What we can look at are initial statements like this one............
While it {Disney}waits for a rebound{from the economy}, Mr. Rasulo said, the company will continue to focus on cost-cutting
.............(from Mr. Ra$ulo ?) which could be cause for alarm, and these.............
He said he would continue to streamline the division while balancing the needs to invest in future projects.

"Maybe we tilted the balance a little bit toward seeking efficiencies and cost reductions," he said.

"Disney parks and resorts are fixtures of the landscape, and they certainly depend on the quality of the execution of the Disney brand," he said. "We're not going to compromise on that."
..........which might show some understanding for the need to return to the things that made Disney what is was, as opposed to continuing with the things that made it what it is. Hopefully he looks back farther than 10 years in defining that brand which should not be compromised.

Look at those last quotes a littler closer. 'Tilt the balance' (implied too far?) and 'not compromise the quality'. Do these statements perhaps show that Mr. Rasulo might have some cahunes and might actually stand up to ME? After all, these comments do hit directly at the actions, and results of those actions, of Ei$ner. Wishful thinking perhaps, but you never know..........

d-r
09-30-2002, 10:49 AM
Disneykidds, I think you may have been the first person to use the dollar sign in "Mr. Ra$ulo" - congratulations!

DR

DisneyKidds
09-30-2002, 12:21 PM
DR - the ? is significant. If he is all cuts, cuts, cuts, then the shoe might fit. I hope the second set of quotes proves to be where his real thinking lies. Time will tell if his name is spelled with a $ or an S ;).

SpaceMountain_uk
09-30-2002, 12:52 PM
Sounds promising-

''While EuroDisney SCA did not react or comment the changes so far Jay Rasulo seems to have reacted to his appointment already, as Reuters, Business Wires and the Orlando Sentinel are citing him saying that the appointment is "one of the most exciting challenges of my 17 years with Disney. I'm honored to have this opportunity to lead a fantastic team and look forward to sharing the Disney magic around the world as we continue to grow our parks and resorts business." But he also cautioned too high expectations: "I'm certainly not going to be able to turn around a fundamental world trend. Maybe we tilted the balance a little bit toward seeking efficiencies and cost reductions."
A statement which according to the Orlando Sentinel did not stop him from announcing that the division will continue to streamline, while balancing the need to invest in the future. Still he pointed out that "Disney parks and resorts are fixtures of the landscape and they certainly depend on the quality of the execution of the Disney brand. We're not going to compromise on that." If there is one lesson that he learned in Paris that will help him in his new position it should be the one, he mentioned in the interview too: "You're always better off when you listen to the customer and listen to what they want and continue to evolve and adapt your product constantly."

Bob O
09-30-2002, 12:55 PM
Yes the slope is getting more slippery every minute!!
Maybe3 you shouldnt condem him but but best way too figure out what a person will do in the future is what they have done in the past, and with that being the case, and with the comments ive read here and other places their isnt alot to get excited about!!!! Did anybody think eisner would put in place a person who would demand a large infusion of cash for the theme parks?? or some body who abides by his way of thinking which can only be more bad news for the parks!!

SpaceMountain_uk
09-30-2002, 01:07 PM
Come over to this great message board
http://www.dlp-guidebook.de/Interact/Forum.htm


Apparently Rasulo is a BIG BIG fan of imagineering and of heavily themed attarctions. He created a WDI-France which will have greater control over the development of the resort. Apparently the whole Toon Tower/studios expansion of the WDS was done by WDI-France, the other expansion proposed by Glendale was the little mermaid ride, muppets and the usual clones.

With Rasulo in greater control can we look forward to great new attractions being built. Remember if he was in charge when the WDS was in development I think he would have gone with the layout proposed by WDI-France but apparently Pressler prefered the WDI-Glendale proposal(cheaper) which went forward in the end.

I guess we will have to wait and see, but there are some good topics so come and check them out

Have a good day

d-r
09-30-2002, 02:46 PM
Originally posted by DisneyKidds
DR - the ? is significant. If he is all cuts, cuts, cuts, then the shoe might fit. I hope the second set of quotes proves to be where his real thinking lies. Time will tell if his name is spelled with a $ or an S ;).

Disneykidds- I got your meaning, I just wanted to mark it for prosperity's sake in case you ever need a copyright :)

larworth
09-30-2002, 03:10 PM
I definately think Jay will be an improvement, but that doesn't mean I expect to see any nearterm change in direction.

We all agree that ME is still calling the shots, and it seems his plan is more of the same. Growth will come from overseas expansion. Domestic parks are mature, so cost cutting and judicious investment (enough to hold interest) are what is prudent to maintain profitability. The lack of any grandiose PR statements "overselling" that great big beautiful tomorrow was telling. Jay would know his plan and must have agreed to play along.

However, Jay appears to get it so much more than Paul did. Instead of comtempt for WDI he actually see's it as a potential source of value creation. I see him as a much stronger advocate for the parks and the guest experience. He has his marching order, but he may be able to exert some mitigating influence.

DisneyKidds
09-30-2002, 03:14 PM
Disneykidds- I got your meaning, I just wanted to mark it for prosperity's sake in case you ever need a copyright Thanks :). Lets hope I never have to collect those royalties.

DVC-Landbaron
09-30-2002, 05:47 PM
Originally posted by DisneyKidds
Thanks :). Lets hope I never have to collect those royalties. One word Mr. Kidds!

THIEF!!

DisneyKidds
10-01-2002, 11:19 AM
Hey Baron, you should be filthy stinking rich off your Ei$ner royalties. So if you are bent out of shape over loss of additional revenue, let someone else have some - lest you look like a greedy LandBaron ;).

If you are crying thief because I used the $ you originated (was it you?), realize that you are the recipient of the best form of flattery :).

PKS44
10-06-2002, 09:52 AM
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"I'm certainly not going to be able to turn around a fundamental world trend. Maybe we tilted the balance a little bit toward seeking efficiencies and cost reductions."

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People keep pointing to this Rasulo quote as if it means he is somewhat against cost cutting...I think that is reading into it..maybe I am too paranoid and jaded at this point but to me it says, "I can't change the terrible economy in the world but MAYBE I can improve our economic lot a little bit by cutting costs and being more efficient." It is a statement in FAVOR of cost cutting as a means of tilting the balance against the fundamental world trend of a bad economy...

Sorry..

Paul

Carnotaurus
10-06-2002, 10:58 PM
here's what worries me:

to say that the new french park has the problems of california adventure is a VAST understatement.

if he truly supports themed attractions, why would he stand behind a park that is themed, "hey kids, it's a backlot!" to save disney money on theming, atmosphere, etc.

TDS is a truly ugly, waste-of-time park, especially when visited after the beautiful and exciting disneyland paris.

and a commitment to original attractions? almost every attraction at TDS is a clone from a U.S. park. (like the theme-less version of the Rock N Roll Roller Coaster).

a few hours there, and you'll be begging for paradise pier.

Figmentrocks
10-07-2002, 11:17 AM
I read Rasulo's comments in the first article about him and thought about his quotes a few times. It's all in the eye of the beholder. At first glance, I thought that the guy might be good news, but the more I kept thinking about what he said, I think he's going to continue to the trend of cost-cutting as far as they can get away with it.

raidermatt
10-07-2002, 07:39 PM
If Eisner hired him, its because Eisner is confident Rasulo will carry out Eisner's vision for the parks.

Since I haven't seen anything to indicate Eisner's vision for the parks has changed, I see no logical reason to be optimistic.

Perhaps if Rasulo at least understands what attracts people to the parks better than Pressler did, there could be some small improvements.

But again, unless Eisner either changes his spots, or is replaced, his philosophy will prevail.