I'm glad to hear that the GAC program is going to be improved upon...I think it's going to be tricky, though, so the best of luck to them. But, coming from the guest perspective, while I don't need a GAC, I visit the parks often enough with people that do, and if you go as a large family or have a reunion with friends at the Happiest Place on Earth, the amount of guests that can accompany the GAC guest can be an issue.
Last December 11 of us (my friends and I) went to the park to celebrate our annual holiday party. One of my closest friends can't walk for long periods of time due to a really awful health condition, so we knew she'd be riding in a wheelchair and getting a GAC. Originally we were to be a group of 12, and the 12th person would have needed a GAC as well due to a recent motorcycle accident. I had factored therefore that we could all wait in line together...but at the last minute the 12th person pulled out and as a result we had to split our party up right from the get-go, which upset everyone. The only attraction that we all got to ride together on was Pirates of the Caribbean - we didn't wait in line together, but were close enough to getting to a boat at the same time that the cast members helped us out (we didn't ask until we saw each other from across the way). Maybe CMs would have helped us out on other attractions too, but we didn't want to cause any problems. I don't think that the GAC line should get clogged up by large groups, but I wish there was a way to still get everyone to at least ride together
The issue with RSR is awful - really abusive to the system. Don't people care at all that there are other people on vacation that want to ride too? Why can't they enjoy the rest of the resort as well? Yeesh.
I'm glad they are finally going ahead with the Main Street addition. We desperately need it! I'll be happy to stay along that way and AWAY from the parade.
Taking away the holiday party stinks (the coupon book is just insulting) - and I agree with flynnibus, the Anaheim execs probably wanted the party gone as well. That's not surprising - they probably think that it is beneath them, which is a real shame. Corporate culture is depressing. This decision was made solely out of greed.
But hearing what WDW employees get over DLR's? That just makes this 50x worse! DLR CMs should totally be getting those types of perks as well! They deserve a nice daycare center and health center! There really isn't room for a whole water resort, but they could at least get a nice pool and a little rec center maybe. If CMs had these sort of things, maybe then the turnover rate wouldn't be as high because they would be getting taken care of so that they could actually stay working at DLR. These people work very hard and deserve far more respect from everyone.
And as for Candelight - Disney is nuts if they honestly think they can make these kids perform that often without any real compensation, especially in the month of December. I say that they should not only be giving them tickets, but performer's pay and a stipend for gas and food. Disney is going to be making tons of cash off of Candelight and they were the ones foolish enough to make such a dramatic change without enough notice. If they'd thought ahead, they could have contacted other schools to pick up other performances and no one would have been upset. But what's done is done - they need to own up to their poor decision-making and fix it for this year.
And they are dreaming if they think that they can get away with cutting down December days for special holiday events. The public will throw a fit over here and it will be a public relations nightmare. There is a limit - there is always a limit.