Thanks for the update, Al. My reactions:
a) I still say a good CEO makes critical decisions BEFORE his employees spend hundreds of hours recording audio, animating scenes, and laboriously inputing over 18,000 computerized actions in a lavish new production. If he wanted to chime in on what would or wouldn't work, I'm thinking BEFORE the D23 convention would have been appropriate...not after. Fixing something on a story board seems much less expensive than making changes AFTER millions have been spent. If the theme or lack of story is an issue now, it has Iger's fingerprints all over it. And how much was spent to "fix" this show after he demanded changes? And how much of the water on his pants was due to the tech crew having to scramble to change everything at the last minute? Blech. Bad management.
b) I think glowfest is an accident waiting to happen. It is UNIQUE in the DLR right now because it's the only park location that combines loud music, dancing and alcohol at the same location. If one wanted to drink in DCA before Glowfest, you'd have to head over to the Cove bar, or one of the restaurants. If you wanted to dance, you'd have to head over to DL's Tomorrowland Terrace or perhaps the Carnation Plaza. But to drop a rave party with alcohol being served directly in the path of families with small kids trying to get over to the last showing of Aladdin or Tower of Terror is really asking for trouble. Maybe nothing will happen this Summer and the whole glowfest thing will fade into oblivion in August. But when you combine the rave party atmosphere with alcohol, I really think Disney Security will have their hands full. If Disney boards begin lighting up with stories of teenaged drinking or families having to fight their way past sloshed party goers, I really think TDA will regret having gone in this direction. If they ditch the alcohol (How many guests who came to drink haven't downed a few by 9:30 across the park?) I think all of the controversy, aside from the ugliness, would disappear.
c) As for WOC, it seems that the majority of reviewers are all wondering what this new production is ABOUT. The technology is indeed amazing, but the lack of any discernable theme or story line is really noticeable. It really makes you wonder what this show WOULD have been without the interference.
Still...glad that TDA has poured this amount of money into DCA and is investing in its future. Thanks again for your updates!