The "Show" at Disney theme parks is the essence of what creates the magic, for me at least. It's what allows you to be transported to worlds that seem composed of both fantasy and reality, whimsy and fact, and still be believable. It's what sets Disney apart, and when WDI is firing on all cyliders, no one can match the type of Show quality they can produce. To create places and experiences, whether they are completely historically based or made of pure imagination or anything in between, where every detail seems to fix exactly, nothing seems out of place or contradictory, that to me should be one of WDI's highest goals. From the little research I've done on the subject, there used to be a group within WDI (I believe) whose sole purpose what to defend and advocate for the Show. Here's a quote from around 2006 about the group:
Based on that quote, it seems like SQS was a watchdog group within the company that did what many fans on this site and others do: examine even the most minute details in a park to ensure that the maintain quality standards, get proper maintenance, and fit in well with all the other elements of an attraction/land/park. I seem to also remember reading somewhere that a version of this group works on TDR, and that they are part of the reason that Tokyo is so well maintained, the quality standards are so high, and why almost every attraction is themed to perfectly fit in.Originally Posted by KNRG
So my questions are, for anyone who might know, does this group still exist? Does it have any power or sway? If it's gone, how long ago was it gotten rid of, and by who? Has any movement been made to bring it back?
With marketing and globalization schemes like Disney Parks and One Disney threatening the unique identities of the parks; with items of questionable quality coming out of DCA's Pier makeover while other DCA 1.0 elements remain as glaring points of bad show (concrete retaining walls still surrounding a "natural" bay, with otherwise realistic rocks actually "growing" out of one); with the focus on marketable properties replacing any concern over whether an attraction actually fits in an existing land, I feel Show Quality Services is still desperately needed.