First, from Blue Sky Disney...
"How Much does Pooh Cost" had this comment at the end of the article...
And then from the Disney Blog
Now does this mean we hear in America are continually getting the shaft? Not really. It just highlights the difference in management a decade ago compared with the relatively new management under Uncle John. Under the guidance of Pressler during the late 90's there was a mentality of not only controlling budgets, but controlling the creativity. The Oriental Land Company has always paid top dollar for it's attractions and remember that they are THEIR attractions. Disney doesn't own the parks or land there. They simply get a percentage of the parks revenue and merchandising sales. The Imagineers at WDI were allowed, even encouraged to go all out on TDR rides since it wasn't paying for them and Eisner could have them charge extremely high fees. The great thing that this did for the Imagineers is that it presented a great laboratory for developing technologies for future rides whereby OLC payed for the research.
The good news now is that under Uncle John's leadership, WDI is now embarking on the process of taking this research that OLC paid for and applying it to the new rides that will be coming stateside over the next decade. WDW and DL will get several examples of this although DCA will get the lion's share of these attractions. With the reorganization of WDI almost settled it appears that the days of modest, little rides with very little attention to detail has ended. The new rides that are being proposed are not in the $30 million dollar range. There are several "C" and "D" tickets within this price structure, but most of the "E" tickets that have been proposed are much closer in scope to OLC's attractions... in both theming and design. It looks like Lasseter's first statement made in Glendale wasn't just hollow words:
"We won't be designing anymore mediocre rides..."
Here is hoping the Details come out soon....
I'm hearing some interesting rumors coming from the Parks and Resorts division.
Seems the Walt Disney Company board had its big meeting about what direction it wants to take with the theme parks (primarily Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland's failed second gate). No news has leaked from the meeting yet, but big money will be spent to fix the mistakes of the past. Details should begin to emerge shortly.