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#1 User is offline   IndyandMarion 

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Posted 30 June 2009 - 09:46 AM

While a friend of mine, who moved back to Chicago to finish school (Animation. Was an animator at the Studios), and I were at the parks the other day we brought up this question:

If Walt saw WDW today, and he closed it for, say, two months. What would he change?

We came up with these:
-85% of the Cast Members would be termed because of lower than "below average" of what Walt wanted in his Cast.

-Remove the garbage of Disney Mania: Jonas Brothers, Hanna Montana, HSM. Basically stop basterdizing the parks with this garbage. It's something that belongs on TV. Only. Get rid of the crap at Bibbidy Bobbidy Boutique. It's great that they have the princess stuff. Keep that, out with the rest.

-Remove Playhouse Disney. It's great they have this, but, you're basically showing kids what they see on TV all ready. They can do that at home. Give the characters a meet and greet area (All of them if possible), these kids would rather meet them, than see the same thing they see on TV.

-Are we Disney's MGM Studios? Or Disney's Hollywood Studios? (See the dedication block at the Studios). . . He made a point, Walt himself would nail someone to a wall for letting something like this go, no matter how small.

-Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It! is a great things, but it belongs somewhere else, maybe the Studios. But it doesn't fit the Turn of the Century theme of Main Street. Never has, never will.

-How many Dumbo attractions do we need?

-You're storing TTA vehicle in plain sight? On the track? You've got room in other places than it's Main. bay. Let's get to it.



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Posted 30 June 2009 - 10:43 AM

Have to disagree with the Disney mania removal. Walt was always promoting his latest young talent (Mickey Mouse Club/Annette, Spin & Marty, etc.)

Personally, I think his biggest disappointment would be seeing how far Epcot fell from his vision. Not sure that his vision would even be possible, but still.

And, I think Walt would LOVE the Animal Kingdom park. What he imagined as his Jungle Cruise ride developed into an entire theme park. I think he would be thrilled.
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Posted 30 June 2009 - 10:50 AM

I've never been one to pretend to know what Walt would think. I can barely predict what my wife would think of something, let alone Walt Disney. Would things be different if Walt was still around? Absolutely. But no one can really ever know and I do think the company has veered away from Walt's vision overall, but that's a given when you go from a family run business to a corporation.

I do have to agree about the CMs. Many do a great job, but Walt established the Cast Member training class, called Traditions, to be a multi-day experience and now it's less than 1 day. I'm sure we've all seen and encountered some CMs who don't quite have that "magic" about them.
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Posted 30 June 2009 - 12:10 PM

View PostQuickGold, on Jun 30 2009, 11:50 AM, said:

I can barely predict what my wife would think of something, let alone Walt Disney.


QFT
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Posted 30 June 2009 - 05:45 PM

This really isn't a topic for an argument but I will say this:

It's one thing to promote talent in the parks like Walt did.
It's another thing to promote someone without talent in the parks.
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Posted 30 June 2009 - 06:29 PM

I agree that, if Walt was around today, his biggest disapointment would be the general mediocrity of some CMs. I don't know how many times I've been tempted to ask a CM (ride jock, behind a fast food service counter or doing trash patrol) to tuck in their shirts because it looks sloppy & communicates to guests that they just don't care. It doesn't matter how "trivial" a person feels their role is, each one is important to maintaining the overall magic.
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Posted 30 June 2009 - 06:43 PM

View PostEric, on Jun 30 2009, 01:10 PM, said:

QFT


Beat me to that one!!! LOL!
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Posted 01 July 2009 - 01:22 AM

Actually, were Walt to miraculously come back again, I'm not so sure he'd bother about the parks at all. From what I've read, it sounds like he had relatively little interest in doing the same thing twice, and he had already pretty much done what he wanted to do with amusement parks at Disneyland.

I think any new time he had would be spent on constructing the Community of Tomorrow. I further think we should all resent the tobacco industry forever, for having robbed us of it.
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Posted 23 October 2009 - 08:45 PM

I don't think Walt would be really thrilled with the way everything has become so commercialized, i.e. it's all about marketing now. Yes, he had a business to run, and every business needs to make a profit, but it's really getting ridiculous that everything is geared toward marketing. I don't know if he would approve of a gift shop at the end of every ride the way it is now.
Otherwise, I tend to agree with the other comments about the C.M's. It really chaps my hide when some don't want to be helpful, or worse yet, give you bogus answers just to get rid of you, and then act like you're bothering them just by asking. Not acceptable... and I'm sure Walt would agree. A caveat here: overall, almost everyone does a good job, and most of our experiences have been wonderful. I'm just thinking about what Walt would key in on if he came back.
You know, I also think Walt would write his own personal "break-up letter" to Stitch as well (sorry, just a little chuckle, RE: WDW Today podcast #633.)
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Posted 26 October 2009 - 11:45 AM

If I had to guess what Walt would think:
1. He would love how much Disney World has grown over the years. Basically giving families more choice and enjoyment throughout the World.
2. He would not like the loose themeing occurring at the parks. I don't think seeing Stitch and the Monster's Inc. characters in Tomorrowland would thrill him. I sort of believe seeing those characters in Tomorrowland is on par with seeing a Fronteirland CM walking through Tomorrowland with his Frontieland uniform on.
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Posted 26 October 2009 - 12:23 PM

I agree with the commercialism aspect (Mousedude) and even raise the question of the further divide of "Have" & "Have-nots" when it comes to "access" in WDW.

I do think the kidcot stations in AK & Epcot & the TSM ride are futher examples of people of varying ages being able to do things together.

Just my two cents...
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Posted 06 November 2009 - 10:11 AM

I don't know if Walt would remove all of the 'Disney Mania' stuff, but he'd certainly look at building more attractions which aren't centred around characters. What ever happened to making attractions based on great stories created at the heart of WDI?
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