Why can't it be both? And regarding Al..... Flynn you mention Al's source but I think it is Al that sounds like the tired, sour, disgruntled one who is so angry he cannot constructively criticize this company.
For years he has stated how the AP program has grown by leaps and bounds, and all the issues that it can create for TDA. But now is shocked when they finally respond to the issue of supply and demand.
Perhaps he should vote with is wallet. You know, lead by example and show that WDW Rabid fan base exactly what to do. Just saying.
And seemingly... is Al miffed with Kalogridis for explaining to in an official company meeting what Al has been saying on here about AP's. How Dare George do this! And George probably had to the audacity to do this from the perspective of TDA, and not Al's. Again Blasphemy!
I also love "You should have heard the complaints from those who had to climb the stairs to the Mezzanine or Balcony levels after the Orchestra section filled up! The fact that the Hyperion hosts up to five shows per day and expects thousands of paying customers daily to climb those same steps was lost on the TDA audience."
I have to wonder, was Al here with them? Did he personally hear theses comments. Perhaps Al attended the meeting. We know for sure he would have been the first to complain about said stairs. Note Al does not say he's source says they were making comments, just that "you should have heard them". Almost as if Al had himself heard this comments.
Also noticed the nice journalistic stereo-typing Al, as yes, it is common knowledge that everyone in TDA never uses stairs and just couldn't believe it when they had to use them at DCA to attend the meeting. All the stairs in TDA are not used by any of them.
Also good call Al on them being shuttled over to the meeting instead of being "green" and "healthly" by walking the park. It would be a great experience to for the guests to have hundreds of suit type TDA's waltzing through the theme park 15-30 meetings before the meeting. They'll blend right in and not be a show disruption at all. Yup, TDA sure is evil for shuttling its population of hundreds over to the meeting site instead of having them all try to spend 10 minutes with the guests while on huffing it over to a meeting.
Great critic of the cast food as well. Was it his personal experiences from dinning there? But I love how a cast members jumped right into this thread with "its not bad, its just expensive". Obviously Al's experience or more accurately, the experience of his inside source is not representative of all the CM's.
Just like the disgruntled TDA stair climbers, the comments of one or a few should definitely be presented as representative of all in that population.
Why let facts stand in the way of a good story!
Sigh... I remember when Al use to be a bit more balanced in his reporting and his views were more valid because they were more on point and not just ax grinding.