50th Merchandise Event - The Final Straw
Well, it is now official, those who are attending at the Walt's Dream level will not be participating in the 2005 Disney Legends Induction Ceremony. I find it odd that after WDES advertised this portion of the event, sold it, and even listed it on our confirmation emails that NOBODY had the courtesy to call or email us and tell us it was now gone from the package. Of course, you can have a similar experience (Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony) for an additional $105.00 per person.
I asked if they would replace it with anything and WDES elected not to address or answer that portion of my email. I asked again today and still no response. I know for a fact that at least twenty people called Martha Blanding, Event Services Manager and complained regarding the seminar RSP debacle. She promises change, but it never comes.
This is getting out of hand. I signed my name to the open letter (petition) at saveourevent.com and will decide after it is turned in if Disney really intends to make change or if this more lip service.
It would be nice to have facts not assumptions ....
Yes, the Legends Ceremony was in the Walt Package originally, and then removed. I don't know all the facts behind this and havent heard anyone here share them, perhaps I missed it? However, my understanding was, from someone associated with the Legends event rather than the 50th merchandise event, it was in the package for the event because, at the time, the company (not the Park) had scheduled it at DISNEYLAND not at the studio for the first time ever, to tie in with the 50th. So, it would not have included a trip to the studio - if the one time relocation was in fact planned for Disneyland, the Walt attendees would have just walked over to the Park.
If you think about it, since Legends involves the names in the cement at the Studio, and since it is very very hot in July at Disneyland (especially for older folks being honored), if in fact it was planned for the Park it is easy to see why it had to be cancelled, by the Company not the Park, and moved back to its traditional fall date rather than the summer.
I readily admit (which would be a refreshing standard here) that I dont know all the facts. However, the story about the change from the Park back to the studio sounded credible to me. Rather than I, or others, continuing to make assumptions about "the real story" I suggest that just maybe there was no incompetence on anyones part, but rather a change in scheduling beyond the ability of the 50th merchandise event planners to influence. And anyone who knows me would never confuse me with Pollyanna, but I do try to be rational.
I do understand however the sense that with its cancellation or rescheduling that ideally something similarly exclusive would have been offered. I can think of one option that would have pleased all Walt attendees. Perhaps we will be surprised with something that we are not being told about today - perhaps not. Personally I dont want to know everything in advance. And, I dont believe in trying to change someone else's mind about whether they should or shouldnt be happy with this event, but I do believe it is important to develop a perspective based on facts, and we have only a few of those mixed with assumptions right now.
Maybe someone out there with knowledge of the studio plans for "Legends" can comment with some facts on when it is being held? I am pretty sure it isnt July 2005. Thanks!