Al Lutz, Doug Barnes and Dusty Sage discuss the latest from the Disney and Universal theme parks. It’s a big start to the new year:

  • Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World have new Presidents. We’ll tell you what we know and who should benefit from the changes.
  • George Orwell could have predicted Disney’s multi-billion dollar roll out of “MyMagic+,” their attempt to control every aspect of your vacation. We’ll share the good and scary parts of this new multibillion dollar adventure.
  • Universal may be on the verge of acquiring the rights to bring the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit to a theme park near you. Excited? So are we.
  • Plus, we’ll tell you about our amazing MiceAge 10th Anniversary events at the Disneyland Resort February 1st through 3rd, 2013. We’d love for you to com join us!

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  • Eric Davis

    GREAT podcast! I loved hearing Al Lutz and Dusty!

  • WesternMouse

    Whoever was speaking at 27:43 was completely wrong with his comment that European cities have far more advanced consumers than America. Europeans would never support the privacy invasion that WDW’s system commits. European consumers are not even close to being as picky as US guests are–take a visit to grimy DLP to see what I’m talking about. WDW is a shining beacon compared to the maintenance that Paris gets. The nastiest restaurant I’ve ever been to was in the east arcade off of Main Street. The place reaks. Consumers there tolerate that. These consumers aren’t even close to the US.

  • lighttragic

    Very cool! Looking forward to the next one!

  • JiminyCricketFan

    MyMagicPlus seems like a real problem for Disneyland. I agree that Disney World, the system will work better, but at Disneyland it could be a disaster. I do not see this as a plus for the guest. It seem only to be advantageous to the Disney management.

    • I do hope that Disney is paying close attention to the differences between the guests of the two resorts. The wrong implementation of MyMagic+ at Disneyland could be a huge setback to recent attendance gains. I think I’d much rather see Disneyland focus on expansion and new attractions rather than a massive payment/planning/tracking system. I’m sure it’s still coming, I just hope it’s a very different program than they are getting at WDW. The Disneyland folks are REALLY smart, I’m sure they understand the pitfalls. However, the temptations of MyMagic+ to the bottom line may be irresistible. Let’s cross our fingers on this item for now and keep our eyes open for problems as it rolls out.

  • eicarr

    Thanks for the great report. Keep ’em coming. With all the WDW podcasts out there, it was great to hear some info on Disneyland. THANKS!!!

    • Thank you for the kind comments. These podcasts are a lot of work, but they are also quite fun to do. We have a really great team.

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  • WesternMouse

    I’ll echo everybody else–thanks for the podcast. I read the follow-up article on 17 Jan and thought over the comments from the podcast how the new system could affect operations. I totally agree that Disney will use the data to manage it’s staff–and not in a good way. The fine tuning we will see, I believe, will be an overall reduction of staff, especially FT staff, and an increase of PT staff. Get ready to see more Tomorrowland CM uniforms in Frontierland to make up for the increased demand scheduled in advance.

  • jstylzz

    Will you upload to Stitcher? I never log in to iTunes for podcasts.