Posted today on disneygallery.com:
This is another glowing example of how poorly this event is planned. I am saddened to see the numerous troubles associated with such a milestone. First, they under estimated the demand for the higher priced packages. Second, they removed a number of the cheaper packages and then added to the number of attendees in the much hyped "exclusive" packages (and attempted to get away with it). Third, They over estimated the number of guests who wanted the Fess Parker experience. The diluting of the overall experience is from Special Events inability to come up with a solid plan and stick with it. As we have seen in the past, complicated pricing schemes and micro-events contained in one overall theme is a recipe for disaster.FESS PARKER WINE COUNTRY INN & SPA EXPERIENCE - Thursday, July 14, 2005
It is with regret that we announce the cancellation of the Fess Parker Winery package. We frankly did not get enough Guests registering for this add-on package and so the decision was made to cancel it and provide full refunds to those who had signed up. This was an exciting opportunity but we realize that there were just too many offerings to choose from and so we will look at offering it again in the future. Thank you for your interest in this package.
The 50th event should have been 100% planned prior to being placed on sale. The evolution of the event with cancellations and additions is not how professional business is conducted. It is a true disservice to Disneyland during this important time. I for one think the experience for Fess Parker would have been wonderful but it is simply not the time nor place for it. Certainly, Mr. Parker should be invited to participate in events at Disneyland. Everyone at Disney seems to forget that this is the birthday celebration for Disneyland Park (not for WDW, the Disneyland Hotel, Fess Parker, Mickey Mouse or anyone else). I would prefer to see an event that was well thought out and planned around the central theme of Disneyland.
What do others think? My opinion, Event Services should have anticipated demand, remained firm on their packages and honored the experiences they have promised without regard for profit or loss. Is this truly about the customer and the loyal fans or about the dollars they hope to extract from us. Seems to me the magic is lost...