A question regarding the growth of WDW

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  1. Lewisc

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    People like to write about the "decline" of Disney's restaurants. The truth is the restaurants had a lot of empty tables. I suspect more Disney guests are comfortable paying for an Outback dining experience then paying for a place like the Palm. More guests willing to pay for an Olive Garden experience then Bice. Guests who want that kind of dining experience need can still get it at hotels like S/D and the Universal hotels.

    It's a shame Disney didn't think they could appeal to both groups of guests. Disney could have positioned one or two restaurants below V&A but above DDP standards. One of the few restaurants in this category was Bistro in EPCOT.

    Disney found they could charge 5* (Four Seasons) pricing for the GF without having to provide (pay for) 5* service. Instead of being a 5* resort the GF is themed to resemble such a resort.

    I guess the policy is why give guests what they're paying for if they're willing a accept less.
     
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  3. DRDISNEYMD

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    ~I love the idea of an all inclusive Disney vacation, and used to love the dining plan! I believe FREE dining ruined the Disney dining experience -- not the dining plan. Before the FREE dining promotion, most visitors didn't know about the dining plan, or even half the restaurants at Disney.

    ~And, prior to the Dining Plan everyone was buying the meal vouchers from Hotwire, and many would then sell them on Ebay for ridiculous prices. It was a wise decision for Disney to eliminate the vouchers and introduce the Dining plan -- the overall decline in value and quality came with FREE dining.

    ~I only stay at the Deluxe resorts, but that's my personal preference. I have no problem with the Value & Moderate resorts, it was a very smart decision by Disney. I guess Disney could have avoided "motels," but people seem to love them. :goodvibes
     
  4. bcrook

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    Just curious, do you not consider the signature restaurants in that category? Jiko, Artist Point, or California Grill?


    I find that to be the case.

    This is definitely true along with the strategy of pushing the price points to breaking before backing off. Using the Baron's Polynesian example...Is Disney ready to start using that 80% pre-book philosophy on the parks next, and price people out them? In this case there is no Value Theme Park to fall back to. Except Six Flags or something.

    DrDisneyMD kind of said the same thing about the values. They may be motels, but lots of people love them.

    It is the dumbing down of Disney. And I am a broken record at this point, but the magicbands plan is also playing into this dumbed down model.
     
  5. Lewisc

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    Signature restaurants have the same issues with the DDP as the one credit restaurants. Forced to create a menu for a set price. Disney doesn't let restaurants offer a "signature" item with an upcharge.

    Outside of Disney, have you ever seen a restaurant offer a fixed price dinner special which didn't at least include soup or salad? JMO but the meal plan is no longer a dining plan but is a "food plan". Disney saw the need to offer less to dining plan customer. Drop the choice of appetizer and replace it with a choice of soup or salad. or Offer a "house" appetizer or a sampler platter for the table.

    I think the term "dumbing down" is offensive. A person who decides to spend their money dining at an Outback instead of the Palm isn't dumb. Disney decided to standardize (not dumb) many of it's offerings. Food. Drinks. Souvenirs. They also revised their menus so they could offer them at lower price point and still make their $$$ profit objective.. Nothing wrong with it. People who like a "smarter" ($$$) dining experience have several restaurants in the S/D to pick from.

    The value resorts far exceed my expectations as to what I expect in a value property. The deluxe hotels fall far short of what I expect in a 4* hotel. I wouldn't say I "love" the vale resorts but they do a better job (JMO) in delivering what they promise in terms of service.
     
  6. lockedoutlogic

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    I likey :thumbsup2
     
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    Been on a sabbatical, huh?:thumbsup2
     
  8. lockedoutlogic

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    I wholeheartedly agree with most of what you said - especially the assessments of the dining plan and the problem with their "tiered" hotel quality...

    But i think you underestimate just how big of a club "dumbing down" is that disney has and will wield against its customers.

    The dining plan - in addition to streamlining costs and increasing profits - IS and always was a dumbing down tool.

    The whole point - my opinion, but based on my own experience counting presidents for the Mouse - was to push the people's vacation "pocket money" directly to the gift shops. Do not pass go, do not collect $200.00.

    So now you pay for (or charge in most cases) your tickets, room, airlines, car rentals, sunscreen, AND your food far in advance. six months, a year, two years...

    And yet they know that the vacationer shows up with giftcards or a wad of cash in their pockets (thanks, grandma! :) )
    So where does that go?

    According to the annual report: merchandising. And so that was the evil Darth Sidious point in the first place...

    And i interpret that as "dumbing it down" for people. Do what we say and go with it...because we say so.
     
  9. lockedoutlogic

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    Actually on Celebrity...

    I tend to zone out when i have something else on the radar...now i have BLT in the crosshairs
     
  10. BRERALEX

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    Feels like 2001 around these here parts.
     
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    This. :thumbsup2
     
  12. YoHo

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    Disney Dining was better in the 90s before it was Disney Dining. :p


    I have a hard time with this thread topic, not because I'm waffling on my hatred of Eisner, but because, in the end, I had a lot of good times with the Walt Disney Company headed by Michael Eisner and so the question of whether I'd prefer the Disney from pre-disney decade is hard.

    I give a qualified YES, I would prefer that Disney, but I give the full throated yes to the alternate history version: "I'd prefer the Disney that would have come from a Disney that grew under a Ron Miller + Someone leadership team."

    Would that we could wind the clock back to the 1970s and repair the rift between Roy E. and Card and Ron Miller. Because as always, it was ultimately Disney family squabbles that brought on the Barbarians and that chucklehead Eisner.


    And if we're very specifically talking about WDW, then the above goes double. There are a lot of things that I love about WDW that came in the 90s, but not one of them excels they way everything built before 1990 does (Or did, Epcot's been pillaged like Vandals sacking Rome.)
     
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    ~I don't take offense to the term "dumbing down", I respectfully disagree. Disney Dining has been dumbed down to satisfy the masses from free dining, imo. It was too good to be true and too good to last.

    ~I totally agree with the assessment, that it's no longer a "dining plan," but a "food plan." With that said, there seems to be a small resurgence of creativity slowing making its way back on to the menus, so that's good.

    ~I prefer the deluxe resorts but I have to agree that in many areas they "fall short" & do not mirror industry standards. The only thing that I consider "deluxe" is the close proximity to the park(s), the pools and the CM's, who have always gone beyond what is expected of them, imo. :goodvibes
     
  14. bcrook

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    Let me ask this... Which rides in WDW represent the best technology could offer at the time or theming so great that it blows people away. The truly great rides?

    For example: The exemplar right now is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This land has top notch theming. The Forbidden Journey queue through Hogwarts is the best queue anywhere, and the ride itself is state of the art mind blowing good (and butterbeer is awesome).

    At WDW what would have been those rides and who was in charge during the development? (I think things have to be viewed in their own time for this to work. For example, Little Mermaid may have been awesome in 1964, but not now in 2012.)


    Haunted Mansion 1969/1971
    Small World 1966/1971
    Carousel of Progress 1967/1975
    Pirates of the Caribbean 1967/1973
    Space Mountain 1975
    Splash Mountain - 1989/1992
    Tower of Terror - 1994
    Soarin 2001/2005 WDW
    Fully Functioning Expedition Everest? (Does it still count with the broken Yeti?) 2006
    Toy Story Midway Mania - 2008


    What is missing? What needs to be removed?
     
  15. pilferk

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    That (esp 6 and 7) pretty much hits the nail on the head, IMHO.
     
  16. pilferk

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    I think there's something to be said for doing that.

    There were plenty of conversations, back then, that ultimately ended with a "we'll see".

    I think, now, it's a good time to review/revisit that "promise". We've now seen the end of the Eisner era, and we're coming up on the end of the Iger era.

    Definitely enough information to enable reflection.
     
  17. pilferk

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    I think you might need to add:

    Illuminations (the Millennium Version): OK, it's a show, not a ride. But I'd argue it was (and maybe still is...though I think Worlds of Color has supplanted it) the single best night time spectacular in the US. Both the theming and the tech should get it a mention.

    Rockin Rollercoaster (esp back when the intro was actually done right, with the CM going to get the guitar). Indoor LIM launch coaster was, at the time, pretty wowing. Granted, it's a relatively stock coaster...but inside, with pretty good theming.

    Test Track (when it opened): For obvious reasons, I think.

    Killamanjaro Safaris: As much as you'd like to point to Bush Gardens:Tampa and even Six Flags: Great Adventure for their safari experiences YEARS before..I think this has to get a nod on theming, alone.
     
  18. YoHo

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    Highlighting the word themeing, because of course that's what makes a Disney E-ticket attraction an E-Ticket.

    Haunted and Pirates are the most complete soup to nuts Disney E-ticket attractions that still exist. There is not a flaw in their execution from a "Disney" perspective.

    Not a single other attraction you list falls into that category.
    And let me be clear, to me, it was with Pirates and Haunted that Imagineering and Walt perfected the Disney Themed E-ticket attraction. These 2 are the best of the best. Everything before them was an evolutionary step to them.

    Carosel of Progress and Small World come close, but they are prequels in my mind as I said.
    Space Mountain and for that matter Big Thunder are excellent Disney Coasters. I have a hard time putting them with Haunted and Pirates, because of what they are, not due to execution.

    Splash mountain... We had a lot of arguments about Splash over the years. It's probably the best Eisner era attraction in WDW. It does not however match or exceed the standards set by Pirates/Haunted.
    Tower of Terror comes damn close. I want maybe an extra minute or 2 of "story" before the drops start. It's a good attraction in a weak park though.
    DCA's version is horrible though.

    Soarin is an awesome D ticket attraction. And it's themeing is adequate for DCA. It doesn't meet the requirements for E-ticket stardom. When set in the context of Epcot though, its simply not up to snuff at all. People should be offended that they just dropped that in there without even a different movie.


    Expedition Everest is a Joke. Not worth mentioning.

    Midway mania. Not an E-ticket, so not up to those standards. Fun though.

    The Safari ride is a frickin joke on all fronts. The animal enclosures pale in comparison to San Diego Wild Animal park and the "story" is a punishment.

    Rock N' Roller Coaster is just a coaster. My chief complaint here has more to do with what they've done to the studios than any specific problems with the attraction itself, but then, true Disney means those interactions with the park at large matter.



    Of the still existing attractions, the only ones you missed are Hall of presidents which isn't up to Pirates/Haunted and Star Tours which at the time of opening was incredible but needed to be updated in the early 90s and wasn't.


    Beyond that, all of the attractions that would be up to Pirates/Haunted standards were in Epcot and have either been removed or altered in such a way as to be ruined.
    Horizons of course met the Pirates/Haunted standards. It withered and died. Spaceship earth came very close, but subsequent changes have cheapened the experience. Universe of Energy wasn't quite up to Horizons, but it was unique. And of course that trifle of an attraction "Journey into Imagination" is near the top too.


    Of course not one good thing has been done to Future world since the Health Pavilion was installed. Everything since then has been a step down in quality.


    If you expand to attractions not at WDW, then Indy at DL is quite possibly the modern equivalent of Pirates/Haunted.

    Some would say it loses points for being a 3rd party (at the time) property and for that matter being a movie tie in, not a true original and I'm sympathetic to that view, but setting those aside, it is by far one of the best attractions Disney has done.
    And of course there's Disney Seas, but I'm not familiar enough to express an opinion about any of that.
     
  19. mrsR123

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    Respectfully disagree on a couple of points here, YoHo.

    I think EE is well done. The museum story set up in the queue is really well done-- it makes one wonder whether there might actually be something up there. The coaster is a really good time. There were people who were convinced they had gone upside down after they had ridden.

    Yes, the Yeti is a train wreck (pun intended) but that's an engineering problem not a theming one.

    The safari is unlike anything else they'd done. No, it's not the San Diego wildlife park. But it's lush and amazing. The original Big and Little Red story was heavy-handed, but it was better than no story at all, which is what we have now.

    It's probably not fair to hold all of DHS against what is a pretty awesome roller coaster with a reasonably creative theme.
     
  20. pilferk

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    I respectfully disagree on some points, here.

    1) I don't think everything has to measure up to "the best" to still be noteworthy. While it's also worth noting that Disney still hasn't suprassed POTC and HM...and I can see that point clearly...I don't agree that other stuff isn't remarkable. Just because the meal I had yesterday isn't the best meal I've ever had doesn't mean it wasn't remarkably good.

    2) I strongly disagree on your opinion of Killamanjaro Safari. While I agree, it's not San Diego Safari Park (but,then, you're comparing a whole park to one ride/attraction, too)....it's still pretty darn impressive. I agree the story was heavy handed....and is now gone. But I still think it's a highlight of the resort (not just AK). I think the theming in the enclosures, along the que, and certainly in the vehicles (including most of the drivers) is pretty "wow".
     
  21. YoHo

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    I'm willing to concede on E:E. KS, you guys are damning with faint praise. I'd rather have no story. And I'm specifically comparing it to safari ride at San Diego.

    Rock N' roller coaster. I'm not a fair person.


    Also I note neither of you cared to comment on the fact that Epcot used to have attractions that met the highest standard and not one of them exists any more.


    Also Also, I'm not sure it's possible to exceed Haunted and Pirates on a Technology adjusted scale. I mean sure, in absolute terms you could have newer technology. I mean that in terms of being a 100% on every single aspect of what it takes to be a Disney attraction. Do you understand? in other words, if Disney were to have created pirates in 2013, but used the exact same technology, it would no longer be a perfect attraction. but some mythical new attraction that used modern technology and hit everything else from theme to storytelling would not somehow be more perfect than pirates.
     

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