C. Harris Interview

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  1. larworth

    larworth DIS Veteran

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    Interesting interview with C. Harris. link Suspect there is a fair bit of cheerleading here, but she does sound pretty bullish about DL's 50th (plus a few other excerpts I found interesting).
    A couple of DCA references.
    Any chance her phrasing “people wanted more Disney” is her way of saying they know people want them to get back to building more Disney quality attractions?
    At least good to hear them acknowledge that ToT and Indy experiences are what people want.
    We keep hearing about these high scores. Here she talks about the “Resort” and not DCA specifically???

    And lastly on an oft mentioned topic
    This type of response should tell you all you need to know.

    Look forward to the next installment. Comments anyone?
     
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  3. Bob O

    Bob O <font color=navy>Voice of Reason<br><font color=re

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    Talk is cheap and actions speak ouder than words!!! Once construction begins on new projects/upgrades I'll be happy but until then its the same old same old!!
     
  4. raidermatt

    raidermatt Beware of the dark side. Anger...fear...aggression

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    I find myself in complete agreement with Bob on this one.

    Its the company spin, and this is not unique to Disney. There aren't too many companies that talk with candor about problems on the scale of DCA, and overall attendance. So we have to look at actions to determine what their true direction is.

    Maintenance has been on the upswing at DL, but the question is if that is a permanent philosophy shift.

    Flik's fun fair looks to be an improvement for DCA, but there are also some issues with it (off the shelf rides, no cohesive story, etc.).

    Yes, ToT is going up, but will it be watered down from the WDW version? (Tower of Mild Unease....)

    What will the next moves for DCA be?

    Will the grand plans for DL's 50th come to pass, or is it just another marketing ploy to try to give a temporary boost for all of the Disney parks?

    I just can't see spending too much time trying to read into what Ms. Harris is saying, because we have no idea if our interpretation will jive with what Disney is planning to do, never mind what they actually end-up doing.
     
  5. larworth

    larworth DIS Veteran

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    Preaching to the choir here about actions being louder than words. I guess I was just struck by her exuberance.

    I expect her to give a very positive spin to all things. However, I also assume she is media savvy and very conscious of the message she is sending. Phrases like “biggest in our lifetime”, and “spectacular” (insert arcane reference here: they’re real and they’re spectacular) are likely to raise expectations just a bit. Since she lived through Lightmagic, Tomorrowland, and DCA les one would think she might be a little leery of overselling at this point. Than again maybe not??

    This comment also struck me
    Wouldn’t the Nightmare overlay resonate most with a younger crowd. Sounds like the joke is based on their internal perception about the appeal of dark rides, even the HM. Reading too much into this one?
     
  6. raidermatt

    raidermatt Beware of the dark side. Anger...fear...aggression

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    I hear you. I just suspect that she has very little choice about how positive she sounds in public, regardless of any personal reservations she may or may not have.

    Maybe, maybe not...

    It does seem the Nightmare overlay would have a younger target audience, but maybe that's exactly what they think they have to do.

    The stuff from Scoop and AV over the last few months certainly seem to point in the direction of your interpretation. So even if she didn't mean it that way, it still maybe the reality.
     
  7. Another Voice

    Another Voice Charter Member of The Element

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    Very quickly here...

    Of course Ms. Harris is very enthusiatic and raising expetations about the future. It's not like she's going to be around to deal with all the disappointment. So why not play nice with the Disney-dweeb website and make everyone feel happy. Better to be seen leaving on a high note rather be driven out (much like her former and future boss).

    Yes, there are a lot of plans for the 50th. But they are on the scale of painting the exterior of 'Small World' and maybe replacing the aging monorails before they catch fire again on television. Basically the way The Company is thinking right now - the 50th anniversary celebration will simply be a chance to bring the park up to the maintenance standard it had in 1994. The most "new" with the likest chance of getting approved is a multi-screen show to plug in the CircleVision theaters in Anaheim, Orlando and Tokyo. Hey - if they can build a park about California in California they can certainly put in a slide show about WDW in WDW.

    Anyway, it was nice spin.

    Catch you next week.
     

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