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    Re: Meg Crofton - New President of Operations for the US and French Disney Parks

    Quote Originally Posted by Dustysage View Post
    Dear Mr. Staggs;

    If a baker has made beautiful bread for years and people still talk fondly about it, that doesn't mean the bread is still worth buying if it has gone stale. Meg Crofton makes Disney stale. She's a brand killer.

    You are too smart to promote someone like Meg. Even if this is all some secret plan to push her out (as perhaps it was for Al Weiss), it still sends the wrong message that Disney rewards poor performance.

    There is nothing special or magic about the way Meg has abused Disney World and drained it of energy, magic and creativity. Nor is it acceptable that you and others allowed her to get away with diminishing your flagship resort. You are now creating a very real fear that she will exert the same level of neglect at Disneyland (and the long suffering Disneyland Paris).

    Make a real statement and fire her outright for Disney World's pathetic performance and non-Disney standards! Let the shareholders know that Disney takes the performance of its parks seriously and will hold Disney World to the highest entertainment standards that the Disney Company is famous for.

    Your flagship resort is sinking and you've just given a pat on the back and a big promotion to the captain who drove it into the rocks! What are you teaching the management at all levels of the Disney Company? You are showing them that only by wringing out every last penny, even at the expense of long term growth and brand reputation, you can get yourself promoted to the highest levels.

    For shame!
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    Re: Meg Crofton - New President of Operations for the US and French Disney Parks

    I think the most affected park will be Disneyland Paris. Disneyland is protected by many many higher-ups. WDW is growing. But DLP has been in neglect for nearly 2 decades far worse than WDW.


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    Re: Meg Crofton - New President of Operations for the US and French Disney Parks

    This is highly unfortunate, but foreseeable. With rare exception, the Disney company has consistently sought out executives in recent years that have the primary goal of maximizing profit while keeping the facade of the Disney experience (without necessarily emulating the pinnacle of Disney experience that has been reached in the past).

    Meg gets that job done, and does it well. Unfortunately a facade is the only bit of Disney experience she keeps, all the deeper layers are gone....

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    Re: Meg Crofton - New President of Operations for the US and French Disney Parks

    Quote Originally Posted by Dj6581 View Post
    I have been to WDW 6 times in the last six years and I am not sure I am following the reason why people say WDW is in disarray. Could someone maybe explain what people mean and enlighten me?
    Closing attractions and not replacing them, limited dining hours, adding new elements or rides that are labelled 'cheesy' or kid-aimed only, effects and ride show elements being broken and going unfixed are the main ones I hear with some frequency.
    when the spooks have a midnight jamboree....

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    Re: Meg Crofton - New President of Operations for the US and French Disney Parks

    Quote Originally Posted by k_peek_2000 View Post
    I think the most affected park will be Disneyland Paris. Disneyland is protected by many many higher-ups. WDW is growing. But DLP has been in neglect for nearly 2 decades far worse than WDW.
    Agreed. Think of all the executives that have a big heart for Disneyland:

    1. George Kalogridis
    2. Tony Baxter
    3. Tom Fitzgerald
    and maybe most importantly
    4. John Lasseter

    Lasseter has become Disney's "golden boy" in the past few years and he has also been spending a lot of time at the Disneyland Resort. I don't think John would let Disneyland get into a state of disrepair, as he takes great pride in the Resort and the Company. Same with Kalogridis. He spends quite a bit of time in the parks and has built the Resort up in the past few years. I don't believe that he would let the parks that he has done so much for, maintenance wise, fall back into a state of neglect.

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    Re: Meg Crofton - New President of Operations for the US and French Disney Parks

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyIPresume View Post
    With Matt Ouimet in charge I think the better option will be a season pass to Knotts.

    Seriously.
    Not really. Knotts is essentially Six Flags, no thanks.

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    Re: Meg Crofton - New President of Operations for the US and French Disney Parks

    Quote Originally Posted by Dj6581 View Post
    I have been to WDW 6 times in the last six years and I am not sure I am following the reason why people say WDW is in disarray. Could someone maybe explain what people mean and enlighten me?
    I haven't posted here in a while, but I will chime in.

    I'm mainly a WDW guy, but a genral Disney fan. Meg has led WDW in to an overall decline. mainatinence has slipped in huge ways. See: Yeti, Big Thunder. Every park needs large expansions and small rides. For capacity and for higher quality. MK needs Tomorrowland work. EPCOT needs work at every Future World pavillion and a new WS pavillion. DHS and DAK need small rides and big expansions. Its is less of what she did do and more of what she didn't. Don't forget entertainment. Full of 8+ year old night shows and a 10 year old parade in MK and a recycled and chopped parade in DHS.

    She DID close PI. She DID do Countdown to Fun. She HAS declined so much. She does not get credit for the FLE or Star Tours. Burbank forced those.
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    Re: Meg Crofton - New President of Operations for the US and French Disney Parks

    Quote Originally Posted by BuenaVista28 View Post
    Remember all the worry about TOm Staggs and he ended up being great for the parks.
    Not anymore.

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    Re: Meg Crofton - New President of Operations for the US and French Disney Parks

    Quote Originally Posted by fireball View Post
    What about the savedisney URL? Is that still available? I'm serious ... WDW Blues is long gone; Operation Preserve Disneyland closed many years ago after being taken over by a "Disney can do no wrong" guy; Roy has passed away ... it'd be amazing if somebody started up a website.
    I still have my SaveDisney.com bumper stickers.

    "Goodbye Michael, Bring Back Roy!"

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    Re: Meg Crofton - New President of Operations for the US and French Disney Parks

    Thank you for the speedy reply Regions. It will help me understand the feelings of some of the members. Maybe I am naive in the way I look at Disney parks for what they are and what they were made for. Although I may not agree with many of the views people have of Disney, I do appreciate reading opinions on certain subjects.

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    Re: Meg Crofton - New President of Operations for the US and French Disney Parks

    Quote Originally Posted by BuenaVista28 View Post
    Not really. Knotts is essentially Six Flags, no thanks.
    Matter of opinion, this...the endless coaster additions are a negative, no arguments there, and some tacky merch stands. But a fair few think Knott's Ghost Town beats out Frontierland for authenticity and vibe, myself included: texture and interesting things to do beat out DL right now, the way I see it, going on Ghost Town alone. And I will gladly fork over money any day to go to Haunt over Disney's Halloween party: it truly is top notch.
    when the spooks have a midnight jamboree....

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    Re: Meg Crofton - New President of Operations for the US and French Disney Parks

    Quote Originally Posted by Dustysage View Post
    They won't close Disneyland Paris, but you could certainly see a continuation of poor maintenance and "Just enough to keep them entertained" attitude imported from Disney World.

    Meg doesn't understand what Disney means. She is a bean counter. To her, Disney is solely a product. She doesn't understand that the "Product" has to be magical in order to sell. Walt was a business man too, but he built his company on being better than everyone else and woven with pixie dust to the core. That is lost on someone like Meg. And now she is in charge of all the parks.

    Roy may be gone, but we can still SAVE DISNEY folks! Speak up and spread this news far and wide, high and low, and don't stop until Meg is working at the GAP!
    Who will be starting the new savedisney.com because I would strongly support it.

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    Re: Meg Crofton - New President of Operations for the US and French Disney Parks

    This is worrisome.

    In the last 12 months, I've visited both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

    Disneyland looks and feels good. The new attractions are great, and the upcoming additions look wonderful as well. The construction walls are cause for excitement and optimism. I left Disneyland in January with no doubt in my mind that I would make a return trip within the year for Star Tours and Mermaid.

    Walt Disney World feels stale. The motto seems to be, "if you discount it, they will come". When I went last year, it was in part due to the free dining promo.

    WDW is still a great place, don't get me wrong, but there was nothing new to rave about, nothing to get overly excited about. Then, I went to Universal. Harry Potter was amazing. It's the kind of immersive, unique, original, impressive, and fun attraction that is worth making a trip for. I did not hesitate to pay for the privilege. The merchandise was flying off the shelves because people (myself included) wanted a memento. At WDW, I have to think long and hard about buying yet another pin or Mickey plush toy. At Universal, I couldn't fork over the cash for a magic wand fast enough.

    The parks at WDW are in dire need of expansion. Disney Studios has five rides. Five. Can you imagine Disneyland with just five rides? They still run Sounds Dangerous, an attraction that is absolutely embarrasing. They can't even update the pre-show trivia (text on a monitor) that references such hit ABC shows as Spin City and The Practice. When did those shows go off the air?

    The Magic Kingdom is the most visited theme park in North America (I believe), yet it has less attractions than Disneyland. Despite this, they're planning to gut Snow White to be a Princess meet and greet. I can't think of a more inappropriate thing to do.

    Downtown Disney has been gutted of the memorable attractions that made the place feel special. Adventurer's Club was the kind of unique experience you cannot get anywhere else. Now, there's nothing special about Downtown Disney. It seems that it's busy, for no other reason than the parks all close early.

    They're spending money where it's not needed. Why does the high-capacity Haunted Mansion need an interactive queue? Why are they spending billions on some sort of newfangled next-gen technology? Disney is about attractions. Disney is about rides. I'm not going to plan a trip because there are toys in the Pooh queue. I'm going to plan a trip when they add new attractions. That is why people go back. It seems so obvious to me.

    Unless WDW turns things around, there's no way I'll do another lengthy visit where I stay on property. Next time I visit Orlando, I'll stay elsewhere, spend under a week at WDW, and enjoy other attractions.

    This may be bigger than one person, but it's quite clear in my mind that WDW is not being run the way it should be. The fact that Disney thinks otherwise, does not bode well.
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    Re: Meg Crofton - New President of Operations for the US and French Disney Parks

    Quote Originally Posted by BC_DisneyGeek View Post
    This is worrisome.

    In the last 12 months, I've visited both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

    Disneyland looks and feels good. The new attractions are great, and the upcoming additions look wonderful as well. The construction walls are cause for excitement and optimism. I left Disneyland in January with no doubt in my mind that I would make a return trip within the year for Star Tours and Mermaid.

    Walt Disney World feels stale. The motto seems to be, "if you discount it, they will come". When I went last year, it was in part due to the free dining promo.

    WDW is still a great place, don't get me wrong, but there was nothing new to rave about, nothing to get overly excited about. Then, I went to Universal. Harry Potter was amazing. It's the kind of immersive, unique, original, impressive, and fun attraction that is worth making a trip for. I did not hesitate to pay for the privilege. The merchandise was flying off the shelves because people (myself included) wanted a memento. At WDW, I have to think long and hard about buying yet another pin or Mickey plush toy. At Universal, I couldn't fork over the cash for a magic wand fast enough.

    The parks at WDW are in dire need of expansion. Disney Studios has five rides. Five. Can you imagine Disneyland with just five rides? They still run Sounds Dangerous, an attraction that is absolutely embarrasing. They can't even update the pre-show trivia (text on a monitor) that references such hit ABC shows as Spin City and The Practice. When did those shows go off the air?

    The Magic Kingdom is the most visited theme park in North America (I believe), yet it has less attractions than Disneyland. Despite this, they're planning to gut Snow White to be a Princess meet and greet. I can't think of a more inappropriate thing to do.

    Downtown Disney has been gutted of the memorable attractions that made the place feel special. Adventurer's Club was the kind of unique experience you cannot get anywhere else. Now, there's nothing special about Downtown Disney. It seems that it's busy, for no other reason than the parks all close early.

    They're spending money where it's not needed. Why does the high-capacity Haunted Mansion need an interactive queue? Why are they spending billions on some sort of newfangled next-gen technology? Disney is about attractions. Disney is about rides. I'm not going to plan a trip because there are toys in the Pooh queue. I'm going to plan a trip when they add new attractions. That is why people go back. It seems so obvious to me.

    Unless WDW turns things around, there's no way I'll do another lengthy visit where I stay on property. Next time I visit Orlando, I'll stay elsewhere, spend under a week at WDW, and enjoy other attractions.

    This may be bigger than one person, but it's quite clear in my mind that WDW is not being run the way it should be. The fact that Disney thinks otherwise, does not bode well.
    That sounds awful.

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    Re: Meg Crofton - New President of Operations for the US and French Disney Parks

    Quote Originally Posted by disneyfn View Post
    Hope she can come to the D23 convention next month. Then she'll get an ear full of boos during whatever presentation she makes.Maybe we can even make her cry as she runs off the stage!
    Make sure this happens folks. I cannot wait to see her walk up to the podium and hear a chorus of boos. It would probably be a hit on youtube.

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