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    Arrow Re: 7/31: A Tale of Two Parks

    Some posters on here seem to be ignoring this segment at the end of each and every article Al writes in regards to Disneyland updates:

    Oh-kay - that should do it for today. Remember your support is vital, your donations to PayPal help keep the bills paid. We’re only here due to all of your kind efforts.


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    Re: 7/31: A Tale of Two Parks

    Why must it be out with the old and in with the new?
    It's been that way at Disneyland for much of it's history. This isn't a new issue.

    ---------- Post added 08-07-2012 at 02:05 PM ----------

    Yes-the change was gradual(I believe deliberately)so folks-apparently like you-wouldn't notice or care. The latest change though was far and away the most dramatic. And I guess if most people don't care about losing the Penny Arcade, then the change was a correct business move on the part of Disney. Obviously the Penny Arcade wasn't a money maker-no doubt just the opposite. But no attraction at Disneyland is a money maker. They are there to provide a quality guest experience. I intend to voice my complaint over the loss of the Penny Arcade at guest services. I hope others will follow suit. It would be easy for management to remove several candy displays and put the arcade machines in their place. So I believe there is a real chance the Penny Arcade would be significantly restored with enough of an outcry from those of us that love Disneyland. So I urge everyone to stop in at guest services the next time at Disneyland and make this suggestion.

    How about just not buying candy at that particular location? If Disney is the god of greed that you say, that would hit them where they live and cause more of an upheavel than a forcefully worded, yet, ultimately, useless letter? Go to Marceline's in Downtown Disney instead. Much better candy there too!
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    Re: 7/31: A Tale of Two Parks

    You know, I thought Al was being snarky regarding the service at the Carthay Circle Restaurant. But my wife and I ate there and it IS definitely noticeable. Our waiter did not go over the menu, like a waiter at a neighboring table did. We did not receive bread. Our water glasses were allowed to go to empty. Not things I expect at a 4 star restaurant.

    My angus burger was tasty but the bun was a little dry and way too many onions. Glad we went but probably would not recommend for the price, etc.
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    Re: 7/31: A Tale of Two Parks

    If Carthy Circle had better service, it would be a better meal. Perhaps Richard Franks from Lawry's the Prime Rib could be hired to provide education for current staff. I am sure Walt learned a lot that he knew of service to the guest during his many visits to that venue.

    If Lawry's can train staff in Hong Kong that duplicated the experience had in Beverly Hills, I am sure they could work wonders in Anaheim.

    The Penney Arcade has been winding itself down for decades. The problem lies with the maintenance of the machines. The companies that made those vendors are long gone, and the tools and parts are just not available. There is also a lack of skilled workers that can repair them. There is also the problem of safety of some of the machines. It would be impossible to build a machine that in effect shocks the user and get UL approval.

    Sure money can solve the problem. A guy in Arizona refurbishes juke boxes that sold for $500 in the 1940's. Every serious player in the entertainment business has to have one. They sell for $75,000 today.

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    Re: 7/31: A Tale of Two Parks

    As a collector in the coin-op arena... you exaggerate the costs and issues at hand. The mechanical games of the era are actually easier to repair than modern equivalents. That's the beauty of mechanical games.. worst case is you have to fabricate some metal bits.. which can be done in a workshop, unlike replacing NLA electronic components, or molding plastics, or trying to replicate unknown code, etc. Their cost comes from their scarcity..
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    Re: 7/31: A Tale of Two Parks

    Thank You for the update AL - its sad to see that Cast Member veterans are not treated properly by TDA or the Suit n Ties in Burbank (I wonder if a campaign by us Fans would persuade the Walt Disney Co to actually do something about this?) ...


    I was hoping for more info about Tomorrowland, however, I'm guessing there isn't much else to share until TDA & Imagineers have more info to offer. I am definitely on break from the Disneyland Resort until the 60th Anniversary (2015), where I hope there won't be rides down for maintenance (& @ least 1 new E Ticket Ride) ....


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    Re: 7/31: A Tale of Two Parks

    Were you at the anniversary CM dinner, Al? How do you know the food was that bad? Just like how you say the regular CM food is bad, which it isn't.

    These are just a few reasons why I don't read your articles anymore.


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    Re: 7/31: A Tale of Two Parks

    Also from someone who actually ATTENDED the CM dinner. Lobster Tail, Shrimp and a large some of other delicious offerings does not sound like rubber chicken. Nice try though.


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