.....an open letter to Al
I read your recent article and like some others, I am disappointed that you choose to insult your readers and then in the same article, solicit donations from them.
I cannot understand your statement:
“But that's what Walt Disney World visitors get (and frankly, deserve). I'm sure their most rabid fans will defend this lower quality effort like crazy as they have other such decisions in the past.”
Let’s talk about that Rabid fan base for WDW you have referred too but sans the west vs. east mind set. May I suggest we are the same, Disney Fans! East coast or West, it doesn't matter!
If we are holding an annual pass to one or both of the coasts, we are the truest of Disney Fans, who come to Disney on every such occasion that we can. Miceage/Micechat is collection of these true lovers of Disney and it is wrong of you, on so many levels, to insult your readers. It matters not where they live and post from, as they are just like you Al, huge fans of Disney. But unlike you Al, those on the east side they are not part of a group that is large enough to actually be influential on Disney. “Rally the troops on the east coast” you and some other might think, “just like we did on the west”
If only it were that simple.
Disneyland, sits in a metropolitan area with a population of almost 18 million. You say DL has over 1 million annual pass holders….. well WDW sits a much smaller population center of under 3 million. It would take the entire state of Florida to reach the population level the LA metropolitan areas.
Vote with your Wallet some have said in your defense. Shameful defense really. Did all the DL annual pass holders do so in DL’s decade of decline prior to 2005? Clearly not! Some maybe, but the majority did not.
It is regrettable to suggest a WDW annual pass holder do the same or be label as blindly supporting lower quality standards by WDW. They, just like a DL pass holder, go for the love of Disney and care for it.
This is not a matter of voting with the wallet.
This is not a matter of blindly accepting the status quo of WDW.
This is certainly not a matter of Defending WDW.
Kevin Yee’s Walt Disney World Weekly, a group I am a proud member of… and let me share with you this group is nit picky! Are these the very same visitors on the east coast whom deserve lesser quality? Perhaps is the ones that have mounted a recent writing campaigns to Bog Iger about the closure of Pleasure Island and more specifically the Adventures Club. Are they deserving of lesser? How about the Park Hopper team. Do they deserve lesser quality? How about the very same group of people to post on your site weekly about the troubles with Splash Mountain, what do they deserve exactly? Should they be lumped in with those who loudly protested the overly girl centric origin plans of expanded Fantasyland? And what shall we do with those who posted the video of Splash Mountain in shocking disrepair for all to see on Youtube. Your comment does not seem to validate their efforts nor does it seem to exclude them as not the fans you are referring to.
I don't know where your comment comes from Al, because when I read your web site, I DO NOT See your east coast readers blindly accepting of all things WDW. Far from it.
Some will approve, some will disapprove but WHERE is the rabid fan defense of:
New Monorail Spiel.
Haunted Mansion Que.
The Merits of the Test Track redo.
Fixing the Yeti.
The closure of Pleasure Island.
Some may approve of some of the above, but NONE are holding hands singing Kumbaya and just blindly loving whatever Meg and company put on the plate! I resent that you not only ignored this, you belittle whatever efforts this small group can make.
You see Al, like many of them, not only do I love them both, I go to both. Next trip to DL is may 13-15. Yes, this May. Like most, I think Disneyland is superior park to WDW’s MK in ALOT more ways than not. Unlike you I don’t think the fan base at WDW blindly accepts the status quo. And I certainly would not be willing to accept their money, much less solicite it, if I thought they were deserving of a lesser Disney.
You seemingly dismiss that fact that unlike DL, the DISNEY FANBASE is NOT so influential at WDW because ....
THEY ARE A MUCH SMALLER PART OF THE WALT DISNEY WORLD ANNUAL ATTENDANCE.
We need your support and help not your insults and labels as rabid fans who will defend lower quality. Thanks but no thanks. I do not accept WDW current state at face value, and just the same, I will not accept your statement as "ok" or "Justifiable." Your article was pretty much spot on until you had to ruin it with a two sentences of needless attack of Disney Fans who patronize your web site.
Like WDW management, you will likely find no fault in your actions, take no responsibility for alienating your fan base, and largely ingore that this even occurred.
That said, I invite you to revisit your statement and perhaps retract them.