MiceAge Disney Rumor Update: Cars, Conventions and Cashholders

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Published on July 09, 2013 at 4:00 am with 151 Comments

Summer is in full swing at the Disneyland Resort! The attendance numbers are still very healthy and continue to reflect the new reality that DCA now pulls in over 40% of the attendance between the two parks, instead of the traditional 25/75 split that had been in place until Cars Land opened last summer. In this update, we’ll fill you in on why that attendance split has Disney’s Board of Directors making a rare park visit, why very few of the attraction plans the Board approved will be announced at D23 Expo next month, and how Disney executives finally grew a backbone in order to combat embarrassing operational problems that had been festering for a decade.

So grab your cup of coffee stirred with Swiss Miss hot chocolate, put on your fuzzy bunny slippers, kick your heels up, and enjoy a mostly good news update from the Disneyland Resort.

A few weeks ago, Bob Iger and Tom Staggs spent the day in Anaheim. That’s not uncommon, especially in the last few years, as Disney’s Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter had been visiting almost monthly and kept insisting Staggs come down to Disneyland to inspect things with him. But on this particular visit, Bob Iger and Tom Staggs also hosted a rare meeting of the Board of Directors at a Disney theme park. The Board always assembles annually at the Shareholders Meeting, and occasionally throughout the year they will be summoned to the corporate offices in Burbank. But it is very rare for Bob to assemble them in Orange County at the Disneyland Resort.

All of Disney's favorite things in one shot: Fireworks, Confetti, Bob Iger , Tom Staggs, John Lasseter and a happy crowd of media and mommy bloggers.

The reason behind this rare show of corporate force was Bob Iger’s next big push for the Parks & Resorts Division of the company, and Bob needed to convince the Board to approve the increased spending he has planned for the parks. It was just over six years ago that a similar meeting took place, as Bob needed their votes to approve a 1.2 Billion dollar plan to fix and expand Disney California Adventure. Corporate governance rules require that an expenditure that large get full approval from the Board, and when the DCA Extreme Makeover was publicly announced in October 2007, it was a fix-it plan beyond anyone’s wildest imagination for that troubled park. Six years later, it is now quite obvious that not only did the DCA plan work, but, right out of the gate in 2012, it surpassed the most optimistic of projections for key analytics like annual attendance, per capita guest spending, and hotel room occupancy levels. The extremely strong performance of DCA, and thus the entire Anaheim resort property, was even achieved against strong financial headwinds from a rather weak economy, which makes the numbers even more impressive.

The Board of Directors visit was planned by Walt Disney Imagineering and Bob’s sharp pencil boys in advance, as the Board spent the morning in the Presidential Suite and private board room at the Grand Californian Hotel. There they received financial briefings and overviews of the Parks & Resorts division that made the case that the DCA makeover put the Anaheim property on a rocket ride to increased cash flow and very strong customer feedback scores that promise even more future growth. Top execs from Imagineering then gave the Board a creative overview of the DCA project, as some members of the Board weren’t members back in ’07 when the project was launched. WDI also rolled out several of their top concepts to expand the Anaheim property further, with the Monstropolis mini-land and E Ticket Door Coaster planned for the sleepy Hollywood Backlot area and a new Star Wars themed makeover for the messy Tomorrowland section of Disneyland. The Board also got overviews of WDI’s plans to attempt a more modest makeover of the Disney’s Hollywood Studios park in Florida, with a scaled down Cars Land section and some of the same Star Wars concepts planned for Tomorrowland.

Once the presentations were over, and the swanky luncheon had been cleared away, the Board set out for a very rare field trip into an actual working Disney theme park. Even though the Parks & Resorts division of the company has always been a consistent cash generator and far exceeds the profits from the Consumer Products or Broadcast TV divisions, let alone the bottomless money pit that is the trendy Disney Interactive division, the theme parks are very rarely visited by top executives. Parks Chairman Tom Staggs and Chief Creative Executive Bruce Vaughn led the group through DCA, stopping at the private 1901 Lounge on Buena Vista Street for beverages.

We call it a "Theme Park"

Once they finally got to Cars Land, a photo op was set up in front of the Cadillac Range to capture their special visit to a theme park, and then Bob Iger and the Board of Directors were whisked in through the exit of Radiator Springs Racers to a waiting car so they could experience the ride everyone is still talking about. The Board genuinely seemed to enjoy themselves that afternoon, which was Bob and Tom’s strategy. The plan Bob Iger and Tom Staggs have cooked up is to use the DCA makeover as a model for future park growth, but that will require a larger outlay of cash for the next few years and for that, the Board must approve the increased division expenditures. It’s hoped that this schmoozy visit to DCA last month generated some goodwill amongst the Board members, people who would ordinarily never visit a theme park, and that they will be supportive of Bob’s plan to turn on the money spigot for Disneyland, DCA, and DHS.

Mouseketeer in the middle

A GREAT BIG BEAUTIFUL TOMORROW

With so many headliner additions slated for the parks in the next few years, you would think that would make next month’s D23 Expo a home-run of exciting announcements and lavish Imagineering artwork of the upcoming rides. But it appears the exact opposite will be true, as WDI has been warned by Burbank to keep their cards very close to their vest at D23 Expo while Comcast pours money into several new rides at Universal Studios up the freeway in Hollywood. And until the Board officially approves the big expenditures for Fiscal Year 2014 through ’17, it doesn’t look like the beans can be spilled in time for D23 Expo.

A long, long time ago . . . .

That’s not to say that smaller scale projects can’t get underway sooner, particularly in Tomorrowland, as part of a strategic plan is to remake that aging section and restore its former glory. The plan now, using development funds under the 100 Million dollar mark already earmarked for Disneyland, is to go in and do “placemaking” and aesthetic improvements in Tomorrowland just prior to the 60th Anniversary in 2015. Captain EO is on the chopping block with that plan, which should come as no surprise to anyone. The long-rumored West Coast version of the Monsters Inc. Laugh Factory would take up residence in that 3-D theater, while the area around it gets an aesthetic re-skinning that will help it mesh better with the big-budget plan to bring more Star Wars presence to Tomorrowland. The E Ticket of the Tomorrowland remake uses the speeder bike coaster concept on the old PeopleMover route, originally Imagineered with a Tron theme but now using Star Wars as the storyline for the new ride.

Take the overpass, it's quicker

Also currently planned for the 60th is a new night parade from the capable hands of Steve Davison for Disneyland, and a new afternoon parade for DCA. The tentative parade plan has the MSEP staying in Walt Disney World until it is permanently retired (although when it left Anaheim in 2010, it was originally supposed to return to Anaheim in 2012), and the existing Pixar Play Parade at DCA would be shipped out to Florida if the TDO team wants it. And there is still the creative plan to dramatically re-Imagineer the existing five Fantasyland dark rides for Disneyland’s 60th that we told you about a few months ago.

I'm watching you, always watching

Meanwhile in DCA, the planning for Monstropolis has shifted into high gear this summer with Anaheim’s operations team. Mary Niven and Michael Colglazier would like to see the new mini-land and E Ticket Door Coaster open by the Fall of 2016, even as WDI rushes to fine tune the engineering and design of the new ride building and attached dining and retail. The Door Coaster concept would have riders strapped onto the sides of doors as they are sent through several large show scenes in addition to a thrill ride component through the cavernous door hangars. Building on the wild success of Radiator Springs Racers that brought back the art of animatronic dark ride storytelling paired with a family thrill ride, both WDI and TDA want the Door Coaster to wow audiences even if the riders aren’t huge Monsters Inc. fans. And it helps immensely that this is a Pixar property, as John Lasseter’s Pixar team that keeps a close eye on Cars Land will be intimately involved in the process for Monstropolis and the Door Coaster.

Gee 23

So while there are still plenty of things moving forward for the Anaheim parks short-term, plus even bigger plans for large-scale investment in the broader Parks & Resorts division, the financial timing and corporate politics don’t align well for any big D23 Expo announcements next month. And that’s not an easy pill for D23 to swallow, as fans will be expecting a big announcement, as in years past. Now that The Lone Ranger has flopped bigger than John Carter, there won’t be much buzz to generate from Disney’s movie studio at the Expo. Broadcast TV is struggling with audiences, and Disney’s more successful cable networks like ESPN have only a small presence at the Expo. And, since Disney’s Interactive division is still struggling to get traction as it loses tens of millions of dollars every quarter, Burbank refuses to go big with D23 Expo exhibits for that division. WDI has expanded their pavilion footprint this year, as their separately-gated exhibit is always a hit with Expo crowds. But without a major announcement about new E Tickets and splashy theme park expansion, D23 Expo may have a hard time generating fan interest from the 50,000 expected to attend. Unless things change in the next few weeks, due to The Lone Ranger casting a dark cloud over the summer, don’t expect anything unless Bob Iger changes his mind and allows at least one of the new projects for Disneyland, DCA or DHS to get announced.

GAC ATTACK

While fans prepare to be either disappointed or surprised at D23 Expo in August, the management on both coasts are preparing to roll out a dramatic makeover to the existing Guest Assistance Card (GAC) program at all parks. The GAC, generally used as a front-of-the-line pass with few strings attached, got national exposure on The Today Show back in May. Today Show producers hired several unscrupulous Annual Passholders who rent out their GACs for cash in order to allow people to cut to the front of the line at unlimited rides each day, and then exposed the practice in a major undercover camera feature that had Today Show audiences gasping at their TV sets.

In an example of just how out of touch many of Disney’s theme park executives are, it was only when this Today Show expose aired that they would admit that they had a problem. Their own theme park teams in Guest Relations and Attractions have known this was a problem for years, and had been trying to tell the executives it was something that needed attention, but they were constantly told not to worry about it, mostly because no executive had the guts to attach their name to this hot-button issue. The problem is at its most severe in Anaheim, where over 100,000 Annual Passholders are now using the GAC process to board attractions each year, in addition to smaller numbers of hotel guests or casual visitors who aren’t Passholders. On the average busy day, Disneyland Resort’s Guest Relations teams in City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Guest Services windows in the Esplanade, are now issuing between 1,200 and 1,400 GAC passes per day. And until recently, those GAC passes could be post-dated for 60 days at a time, in an attempt to cut down on the number of people applying for GAC passes each day. But that practice exponentially increased the numbers of pre-issued GAC passes that would arrive on days with high Annual Passholder visitation.

GACety GAC, don't talk back

That means that on the average busy Sunday, when AP visitation swells, there are upwards of 3,000 GAC passes being used between the two parks, most of them stamped for a total of 6 people allowed per pass. The Cast Members at Guest Relations can track those numbers easily, and the Cast Members who staff the GAC check-in podium at Radiator Springs Racers marvel at how up to 4,000 people per day will access Racers via a GAC pass instead of using a Fastpass or waiting in the Standby or Single Rider lines. When a popular ride like Racers, which can only accommodate 20,000 people per 15 hour day under the most optimal of conditions without any major downtimes, has 20% of its riders coming through using a Guest Assistance Card, you know there’s a problem.

Once a small but sensational slice of the larger GAC abuse issue was exposed on The Today Show, the alarm bells rang in executive suites in Anaheim and Orlando and the top suits were embarrassed enough to finally do something about it. And in a 180 degree turnabout after ignoring years of complaints from their operations teams, several key executives are now rushing to jump on the bandwagon and attach their names in support of this suddenly trendy topic. The managers in the parks can only roll their eyes and think “Now you’ll listen to us? What took you so long?” The result is that top managers from Anaheim were quickly flown out to Orlando for a week-long summit with dozens of Orlando managers on how to end the current GAC program and rebuild a new process in its place.

Guest Relations Cast Members on both coasts have heard rumblings on the more restrictive plan, still being hashed out via bi-coastal video conferences, and they are preparing to don their suits of armor for the inevitable yelling that will occur at Guest Relations in all six American theme parks when the GAC gravy train comes to an end. The first step in the process already began last month, as Guest Relations no longer post-dates a GAC for two months at a time in order to flush the system of old cards prior to the new program rolling out. The current policy only allows a GAC to be dated for two weeks at a time. However, when the rollout for the new program approaches in August, Guest Relations will stop dating them for two weeks and only issue GAC passes one day at a time in an attempt to flush out the last of the old cards. The new system can then begin without any old valid GAC passes still in circulation, and that date is tentatively slated to happen in August.

The new process for accommodating those with legitimate disabilities that prevent them from waiting in a line is still having the details ironed out, as we hear more about how it might work we’ll fill you in. What’s important to know now is that the current GAC process is coming to an end, and very soon. The Today Show kicked off the panic, but perhaps this could be a lesson for the executives in TDO and TDA that their front line staff knows what is working and what is not. It would be nice if an executive or two would be willing to stick their neck out just a bit to help their own teams provide the best service possible to the broadest range of paying guests possible. It’s a shame the problem was ignored for so long that a hidden camera expose had to end up on The Today Show, instead of simply fixing the problem years and years ago like the front-line teams had been requesting.

IN SUMMARY

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 Special thanks to Fishbulb and Andy Castro for their photos

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  1. SO glad to hear that Soundsational is staying for the 60th AND a new nighttime parade. WDW fans will be in total rage over that news alone.

  2. Saw the “Laugh” floor in Florida. That way, I never, ever have to see it again. Ever.

  3. I don’t understand the rumors for Monsters Inc mini land for Hollywoodland. Disney went through a lot of trouble with the “2.0″ improvements to reinforce the “California” theme. And, by keeping “California” in the name – Just to de-emphasis it again – To annex part of Hollywoodland into a mini cartoon land? I was hoping they would keep in line with Hollywoodland’s 1930s/40s theme. This is a total thematic clash against it.

    On Tomorrowland, why Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor? What does it have to do with the theme of TOMORROWland? Why have 2 separate locations representing “Monsters Inc.” … One in DL, one in DCA? Logic dictates – You would have it in ONE location for the entire DLR. And I’m heartbroken that they want to push more Star Wars themed stuff into Tomorrowland. What’s the story lines of these attractions going to be? – That have anything to do with the theme of “Tomorrow”? I loved Tomorrowland when it had a proper mix of original attractions. A Tomorrowland that was a tangible place that represented the future for mankind on Earth. Now a strange collection of cartoony “Franchises” – that have very little or nothing to do with the core theme. This is the best Disney can do? I know Iger only cares about exploiting franchises. His lack of care to Tomorrowland’s core theme is very heartbreaking!

  4. What happened to the notion that all the new Star Wars stuff would be saved for the Third Gate? Wasn’t that mentioned at one point, that SW stuff would join Marvel in the forthcoming park?

    • I don’t think they want to wait 10 to 15 years for the 3rd park before they add Marvel and Star Wars.

  5. I really like the idea of the Fantasyland redo. I was there a couple months ago & really thought the “dark rides” needed a makeover. Rumors have been swirling about an Alice makeover coming soon.

    Using the old Peoplemover track for a new ride is a great move.

    I am also glad they are switching the Autopia ride to a planes ride. Hopefully we get to “fly” these planes.

    • Are you on crack? Where does it say Planes will replace Autopia?

  6. Ok, my 2 cents. Really looking forward to a tomorrowland makeover…not too sure if i want it to be ALL star wars themed..that’s a bit much. Things to ax …EO (like it but its,s old) Innoventions (hardly innovative) The starcade (waste of space now) Things to add..move the rockets BACK where they belong on top peoplemover tracks..ive said it before its too congested there. I’d honestly like a slow ride back like the peoplemover…not everything need be fast…it was relaxing and enjoyable…do the speed tunnel as star wars racing. The innventions building…come on guys you must be able to come up with a new revolving show…if nott he return of the carousel of progress then SOMETHING…building is unique. The starcade …make that the pizza port or something and somehow put a show back in the mission to mars building. Either add Monsters Inc as a fantasyland attraction or DCA…not Tomorrowland…make no sense. (What about all that space where motor boat cruise was…talk about years of nothing. Keep nemo as is… scale down autopia (keep it)…like it was before only the fantasyland side and add another attraction on its tomorrowland footprint (Even fill in motor boat cruise area to add the autopia there…that would completely free up Tomorrowland.

  7. I hope these Tomorrowland plans change again like they have many times in the past and never come to fruition. I think they should just copy the Tron ride they’re building in China and put it where Innoventions is now. It would be a total indoor ride.

    To me, they should bring back an updated take on the original People Mover. One that satisfies today’s safety requirements and is an up to date futuristic leisure ride around TL. Of course you’ll get to see inside Space Mountain, the indoor Tron ride and Buzz. If it means new tracks, than do it. Also remake the Autopia with quiet green EV vehicles, and move the Rocket Jets back to their original home. But they should also tilt 45 degrees up and down when you are pushing or pulling the joystick. They need an added thrill.
    Regarding Tomorrowland becoming today land: Just go further into the future. Everyday space flight won’t be happening soon. How about Time Travel? Robots, Teleportation? WALL-E would also work here.
    I think this would give the land a more cohesive theme.

    Star Wars and Marvel can share a 3rd park in the old strawberry field.
    Pixar should mostly be in DCA
    Disney should mostly be in DL

  8. I like the Star Wars Laugh Floor idea, if you have seen Hyperspace Hoopla at the Studios during SW weekends, you would see the vision. Ha. I will say that I have been to Monsters Laugh Floor many times, and it IS pretty good….. I do laugh. And I like it better than the Bugs Life Tough to be a Bug….. not to say it is a good idea for DL, perhaps, but if you are at the MK, it is a cute show, and a break from the heat or rain.

    Sad to see more $$ going to Anaheim over Orlando, I think Orlando is more in need of new lands and rides. The new Fantasyland is a disjointed mess.

    Too bad this is not ready for D23, they knew D23 was coming in August 2013 for the last 2 years, why not see that as a deadline of sorts for some exciting announcements?

    Lastly, I use a GAC for my special needs son (physical and mental challenges). Most of us in the community WELCOME these new changes to the system. Doctor’s note? You got it. Show his state handicapped ID? Here it is. Give me a FP to return later? Okey dokey.

    Great article!!!

  9. I don’t understand why the Laugh Floor is going into Tomorrowland at all! I experienced it in Florida and it’s not funny. The jokes were bad, the CG looked as cheep as could be. Turtle Talk is impressive. Monsters is garbage. Even the design of the theater and preshow area looked cheep. Why build a shiny new Tomorrowland and put a cheep piece of crap in the center of it.

    And if they’re going to have it at all, you guys are right. It needs to go in the new Monstropolis area. This just defies common sense. And when ever a corporate project defies common sense, it usually means politics. There’s an executive somewhere who loves the laugh floor and is shoving it down everyone’s throat.

    They really need to come up with something Star Wars to put in the Captain EO theater. Especially if they’re going to slant the land in that direction.

    Futurism has not been a part of Tomorrowland for a very long time. Why? Because the future right now is looking pretty bleak. Science Fiction is much more optimistic.

  10. They seem to have forgotten that the Hollywood section of the park was largely neglected in the billion-dollar makeover, and still has ugly relics of 2001-era DCA — we still have to climb into the Hyperion Theater via utilitarian side staircase, Sunset Boulevard is an un-themed back alleyway, and worst of all, that cloud backdrop.

  11. You know, I absolutely love the idea of a “Door Coaster”. My oldest was 5 when the first Monsters came out and since that time our family has always thought that the door scene would make a terrific coaster. Of course, now that the kids are much older, and are coaster fans, they would want a true inverted coaster experience – at least as “thrilling” as Space Mountain or Rockin’ Rollercoaster. As long as this softened up to a Peter Pan level, I think that this could work quite well. I’m also on board with Monstropolis. As the parallel universe that it is, Monstropolis could easily exist on the other side of a door in the 30′s. If Monstropolis is of the same level as Radiator Springs, I suspect it would be a hit.

    Now, about the comedy club in Tomorrow Land. I’m ok with it as long as they present it as a vision of “Tomorrow” in DCA. In other words, open it up as a Preview of Monstropolis and then convert it into the Star Wars Cantina as part of the Tomorrowland Overhaul once Monstropolis opens. If they really want, they can move the Laugh Floor to Monstropolis as well. My hope would be that there could be 3 Monsters themed attractions in Monstropolis, the extremely gentle dark ride, the motion free, not really dark Laugh Floor and the Tween and Teen friendly Door Coaster (complete with encouragement to Roar right at the picture point).

    It could work.

  12. Monsters Inc Laugh Floor is the second worst attraction in the Magic Kingdom behind Stitch’s Great Escape. Why would they want to bring it to Disneyland? I think its a case of “What can we put in here that doesn’t require anymore effort/ money?” The same thing happened when they threw Turtle Talk With Crush in the animation building. Cheap executive/ imagineering decisions is not what made DCA’s reboot a success. And turning Tomorrowland into an even bigger movie mash-up land is not going to improve guest satisfaction ratings. The problem with Tomorrowland is NOT that it needs more franchises. The problem is that it has too many. Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland is awful apart from the TTA, Carousel of Progress, Astro Orbitor, and Space Mountain. Stitch is the worst, MILF is stupid, and Buzz Lightyear’s ride is meh. Disneyland’s is even worse shape so their decision on how to fix it is to add what makes MK’s so awful? Finding Nemo (Talking fish), Buzz Lightyear (Toys), and now Monsters? Who in there right mind thinks that Monsters or Nemo fit? Tomorrowland is destined for another 10 years of mediocrity.

  13. Instead of Monstropolis, I liked someone’s radical idea of relocating Toontown to that area. It fits perfectly with Old Hollywood in the context of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”. Instead of a tunnel, to save space, a hole in a brick wall could be the entrance.

    Once Toontown is relocated, expand Fantasyland similarly to WDW minus Mermaid and Storybook Circus. The Toontown Station could be re-themed to the Fantasyland Station. And because it’s Disneyland, add more classic dark rides.

  14. “Even though the Parks & Resorts division of the company has always been a consistent cash generator and far exceeds the profits from the Consumer Products or Broadcast TV divisions, let alone the bottomless money pit that is the trendy Disney Interactive division, the theme parks are very rarely visited by top executives.”

    It would also seem that theme park investment is less risky than the movie division. A $200 million write down on John Carter, and $190 million write down on the Lone Ranger? The ‘build it and they will come’ philosophy seems to be proven up the road at Universal Studios. Of course the economy can affect the parks, but does it compare to a $200 million loss on a movie?

  15. Thanks for the update, some very interesting news. Some more positive than others.

    I think it is good the GAC problem will finally be addressed, and I hope that this upcoming fix will truly benefit the users that actually need this service, and it weeds out the abusers that not only spoil it for genuine GAC guests, but also every other guest in line, be it standby, FP or SR artificially blowing out the waittimes for everyone.

    Great to see the Board IN the Parks, although it would have been such a highly orchestrated affair that their visit would not truly show a Realistic view of the Parks and any issues, as what happens when ANY upper management visits Ground Level. I remember the show we had to put on when I worked in Supermarkets and Department Stores. Ridiculous.

    I am heartbroken and crushed that the rumoured TRON Lightcycles attraction may not be apart of the DLR Tomorrowland refurb. A bit angry actually. StarWars is NOT Tomorrow. It is SciFi/Fantasy. I fear relying on StarWars and Monsters Inc./Toy Story for nearly all Tomorrowland attractions is removing the essence and soul of anything even resembling the original, and still ideal, theme of Tomorrowland. They really need to then change the name and the dedication plaque at the entrance to this once great land. And Disney choosing to ignore their own great stories and properties saddens me.

    Monsters Inc. does NOT belong in Hollywoodland, nor in Tomorrowland.

    But, I know these opinions will not matter, and these changes will go ahead, and down the track they will be in the same position they are in now, and be stuck to try and fix the hodgepodge “Parks” they have created for themselves, which will only in passing resemble the Parks built and inspired by Walt.