A very informative update. A couple of points if I may...
Very nice of WDI to pick up on the "River Pirates" part of Tom Sawyer (did they
get it from us at MC?) As many of us mentioned, that would actually enable
it to straddle Frontierland and NO thematically.
I agree w/ many that there is still hope for DCA. Making it an extension of DD
is not really flawed IMHO since I can easily see it making money (like a
carnival/fair), but it is definitely "throwing in the towel" and is a waste of
valuable real estate. (also w/ the mall supposedly opening up on the east side,
wouldn't that be just overkill on the retail space?)
The podmover concept is pretty much what some of the people have
advocated here. BTW the A/C could be maintained w/ an
external system/lining on the windows (to reflect heat)/specialized vents
that accept heat/cooling from the external systems.
(Just because it's enclosed doesn't mean that it doesn't have any vents!)
WDC is really bloated and not very well run (I know I'm preaching
to the choir here). I work at a major computer company, but we don't
have nowhere the "gotta spend, because if I don't then I don't
get my budget next year" issue that's being described.
BTW. WDC should implement a departmental savings account
concept. (if a dept saves, then it gets "a % put in the bank" for next year, etc.)
No consulting fee for this, WDC.. "-)
The organizational bloat and fiefdoms however happens in many companies (including
mine). Sounds like someone really needs to clean house in the management levels at WDC. Unfortunately, WDC makes too much money. Losing money is a great "knife".
This is unfortunately a legacy from the Eisner era... often it takes a layoff or two to
three years to purge the company after that..(another sign that Matt was pretty
good; he purged TDA's VP ranks in a year).
Really disappointed in Ed Grier's style so far. Hope his management is better.
The jury's still out.
Anyway, my two cents...