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    what do you think Tony baxter will do with DL?

    he's an imagineer and goes to DL alot apparently so he knows the problems. what things do you think he'll do for DL under his new leadership position? ru exited? i am!

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    Re: what do you think Tony baxter will do with DL?

    Aside from what Al has said on these matters... I have no clue.

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    Re: what do you think Tony baxter will do with DL?

    Me? I think the first thing Tony will do is try to get some of the serious problems at DCA fixed, since that makes DL look bad if nothing but by it's close proximity.

    Disneyland is long overdue for something new that is NOT an excuse to close another ride or attraction at the same time. They simply can't handle the extreme crowds now because there isn't anyplace left to put 80,000+ people in there on the busiest days and not have them filling every walkway.

    Getting the Subs revamped and reopened is a very good start, getting Rocket Rods 2.0 as an actual working multi-destination Personal Rapid Transit system would be cake, and probably the most cost effective thing to do now.

    Put a PRT station stop at all three DLR Hotels, in DCA, in the Timon lot, at the Katella Cast Member Lot, at the Administration Building, at Harbor Pointe and somewhere backstage on the Westside. Perhaps eventually it can run all the way to the new Anaheim Transit Center near Angels Stadium...

    You show your ticket media or your employee ID when you board the cars, and it won't take you to a station stop where the people in the vehicle aren't ticketed to go.

    There are several empty spots in the park that can be filled in with a new ride. The Skyway Chalet hill and the Motorboat Lagoon in Fantasyland, the Indian Camp area (behind Pooh) and the Geyser Peak area of ROA, Critter Country, Innoventions, 2nd Floor of Starcade, the old Space Place corner...

    A new dark ride would be perfect for the unused hill in Fantasyland where the Skyway Chalet is. Put the Load/Unload dug partly into the hill at the 'ground level' and let the ride vehicles move people into and out of the show building.

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    Re: what do you think Tony baxter will do with DL?

    And don't forget Big Thunder Ranch! There's quite a bit of real estate back there.

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    Re: what do you think Tony baxter will do with DL?

    Bruce, remember, John Lasseter picked Tony Baxter to be in charge of Disneyland PARK for WDI, Bob Weis is in charge of the DCA makeover.

    So Tony's focus is solely on Disneyland, the classic park.
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    Re: what do you think Tony baxter will do with DL?

    I'm curious, with all the attention, the spotlight if you will, being put on DCA... how much of the budgetary pie will be given to Disneyland for R&D, maintenance, and overall construction?
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    Re: what do you think Tony baxter will do with DL?

    Tony has stated he is going to try and bring back some of the classic things that were removed. For example. Tahitian Terrace, Peoplemover, ect.


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    Re: what do you think Tony baxter will do with DL?

    Quote Originally Posted by techskip View Post
    I'm curious, with all the attention, the spotlight if you will, being put on DCA... how much of the budgetary pie will be given to Disneyland for R&D, maintenance, and overall construction?
    He also stated at the recent WDI career insights info session that that is EXACTLY his focus. When asked about new rides for DL, he said that's DCAs bag for the moment, DL is going to be about maintenance & fixing up what's already there vs. adding new things.
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    Re: what do you think Tony baxter will do with DL?

    I doubt we will see anything significant at Disneyland before 2011 (rebranding time for DCA), other than possible Peoplemover comeback and Star Tours redo, so for the most part I think he will probably just be contemplating post-2011 possibilities.

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    Re: what do you think Tony baxter will do with DL?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Bergman View Post
    Me? I think the first thing Tony will do is try to get some of the serious problems at DCA fixed, since that makes DL look bad if nothing but by it's close proximity.
    Unfortunately, Baxter has no input into DCA. That park ahs been assigned to Robert Weiss, a former Imagineer that Iger brought back for that purpose. Why they didnít just give the whole resort to Baxter is a question as he probably has some viable solutions for the parkís problems.

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    Re: what do you think Tony baxter will do with DL?

    I don't think he has the power that he used to. As WDI does not have the power or respect it used to (in day to day matters) either. He will have to operate in a very political world with the operator meaning there wil be compromises. He is most likely the best person WDI has to do that job (no one loves it like he does) and used to be known for fighting for things, although Tomorrowland was his and seemed to be very compromised.
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    Re: what do you think Tony baxter will do with DL?

    He seems to like eating at the Bengal BBQ, so maybe he'll keep it from disappearing if they ever expand the River Belle Restaurant. That also makes me think he'll do something about Aladdin's Oasis.

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    Re: what do you think Tony baxter will do with DL?

    I think we should be in good hands with Tony. He's done some nice work. He seems to be passionate about Disneyland and the past. If we get some of the old things back with a bit of "the new" sprinkled on them, I think we will definitely all be pleased. PeopleMover, Sleeping Beauty Castle... The rumors alone of him bringing those back already give me a confidence boost.


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    Re: what do you think Tony baxter will do with DL?

    My guess...

    He will bring back the Tomorrowland 2055 idea, Which means updated Star Tours, Peoplemover, and perhaps a new 3D movie

    Then he will focus attention to Frontierland Ranch and if he really wants to bring the Discovery Bay idea back then this will be the time to do it.

    What I want.. Peoplemover, Star Tours 2, Redo of Winnie the Pooh (add TDL tech), Discovery Bay with Fire Mountain

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    Re: what do you think Tony baxter will do with DL?

    I would imagine his first main task would be changing tommorowland. Lets face it, we all know it's long overdue for a MAJOR update. Then next probably dealing with the big thunder ranch area.
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