A very close freind of mine who has worked at Tokyo Disneyland for the last 5 years sent this to me this morning after I asked him about Disney Seas version of the Tower of Terror. It's kind of sad and sounds like Oriental Land Company is no longer running things without a care for Money. He said it has been going this way for a couple of years now and isn't certain if he will be back next year or not.
DisneySea's Tower is costing a lot of people their jobs. Well not the Tower specifically, but what it represents. As you know TDS was not meant to add any new attractions for 5 years, which is why they spent so much cash on it initially. They wanted to have it pre-expanded so they could just coast by for 5 years with no changes. When after one year the excitement faded (as there weren't enough attractions for some people I guess) they tried to make special shows to fill in the holes, but it didn't help. So the lousy coaster they added last year and Tower were brought in way early, as are changing out most of the stage shows that have failed. Well all that failed revenue and pricey changes finally came at a big cost to that park... as of April there will no longer be any atmosphere at the park. Sounds like not too big of a deal until you realize there were NINETEEN shows, all of which are canceled with no replacement. Lots of Japanese and foreign positions are axed. Then Encore will finally limp to a close, and the replacement show will have about 18 people in it, down from nearly 75, and only 8 of them will be foreigners, down from about 40. Then, Sail Away will close and the new version will have NO foreign positions, down from 20. So let's just say that this housing for foreign performers is soon to be a ghost town. We are assuming that when they install the new Cirque show here, they will just use it to house them. As for Japanese entertainment, about 75 positions are cut there because they will also close Porto Paradiso Water Carnival, and it's replacement will have few Japanese positions, down from a HUGE number of like 100 or so before. Also, TDS' special event stage will have to be mowed down to make way for the Tower's queue. Tower of Terror indeed, haha. Over at TDL most of the shows there had already been cut when TDS opened, but they decided not to go forward with Blazing Rhythms this year (as of now), and they cut the Tokyo Disneyland band from 30 permanent members to 5. Does all of this sound familiar? ;-)