So who will be the better resort leader from 2013-2015,
George Kalogridis at Walt Disney World
or Michael Cowglazier at the Disneyland Resort?
George has an advantage in that he's taking over a stagnant mess that's just waiting to be improved,
while Michael has a tough act to follow, inheriting a healthy resort from George.
Here are checklists of things they might improve that we can look over next year or three to see how they're doing.
Please add your own suggestions of things for them to work on.
And predict, whom do you think will be more successful, George or Michael?
George K. at Walt Disney World:
1. Employee relations, your weakness at Disneyland?
2. The Carousel of Progress—has this classic attraction received the restoration and updated final room it deserves?
3. The Yeti—perhaps a lighter version that actually moves
4. Implementing Thomas Stagg’s familycuffs, I mean magicbands. Good luck with the $800,000,000 pet project of your current and future boss!
5. The Great Movie Ride
7. Polish the parks, more paint, less garbage, move the Studios’ Mickey hat to the parking lot or the All-Star Movies Parking lot. Always have two hard-working sweepers on Main Street to set a tone of perfect cleanliness.
8. Transportation Lot’s of opinions. Mine is that three of the big moderate resorts could each be connected to one very nearby theme park, perhaps with small trains.
And have bike paths with bike bridges all over WDW and make it easy to pick up and drop off bikes at different parks and resorts. This would help WDW seem like a fitness paradise, instead of a place that gets ridiculed on Saturday Night Live as the epicenter of fat America.
10. Bring back the Diamond Horseshoe Revue permanently. Include Pecos Bill.
Michael C. at the Disneyland Resort:
1. Employee relations. Bring back the Christmas party and treat cast members with the love they deserve. And improve their. . .
2. . . .parking. And parking for guests. Break ground on a new structure.
3. Peoplemover track. Be bold and take a sledgehammer to it on your first day, then head over to. . .
4. . . . the rocks blocking Tomorrowland.
5. Innoventions. Maybe improve it before it can be replaced. I know darkness might make the video games look cooler, but it’s depressing inside. There’s some cool stuff like Asimo and the Peter Pan storytelling. Just brighten it and add more cool stuff.
6. Still in Tomorrowland. Move the Astro-orbiter away from the entrance to back atop the old Peoplemover building so it goes from blocking a view to providing a great view. (It’ll improve the ride too.)
7. Make the Matterhorn more comfortable.
8. Re-do the AP’s pricing to prevent all but the biggest spenders from clogging the parks every weekend. Have deals so folks can visit four or six times a year. They could always buy more of these 4 or 6-visit passes in one year.
9. Make Disneyland’s 2015 60th anniversary at least half as cool as the 50th was.
10. Keep the Golden Horseshoe Revue permanently. Re-introduce Pecos Bill.
One might say I’m overemphasizing attractions, but that’s why people go to the parks. If I were writing about two ski resorts, I’d emphasize the quantity and quality of the runs and the snow. I resisted an urge to suggest making Captain Hook a face character because I've already mentioned that too often.