The Walt Disney Company is at a place in its existence where it rarely answers to anyone or anything; the company calls the shots, usually with no meaningful explanation and definitely without apology. We’ve seen it happen time and time again with the closing of the Virtual Magic Kingdom online game, Pleasure Island at Walt Disney World and the Country Bear Jamboree at Disneyland.
The only time they seem to backtrack on decisions is when a small division of the company is suddenly losing money because of the change, or when it garners so much ill will that it makes Disney look bad.
Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.
Just about every ride at Walt Disney World and Disneyland has a warning in and/or near the entrance to their ride vehicles:
But in all seriousness, I’d think it’s pretty obvious that if you’re on a ride, you should remain seated, keep your limbs inside the ride vehicle, and make sure your kids don’t do anything stupid that could get them hurt. I guess it should be obvious that fully grown adults shouldn’t do something stupid that could potentially get them hurt, either. But you know what happens when you assume.
People always say you never get anything of substance for free at Disney parks. And you really don’t. I mean, even their free dining program isn’t truly “free” – you’re paying it via some other avenue. So when Disney started selling Fuel Rods, the “first reusable, portable charging system allowing you to charge mobile devices on the go & recharge or swap for a fresh one instantly,” and offered free swapping, I was skeptical.
At first I thought the idea was dumb, simply because of, among other things, the price point of the Fuel Rods themselves (they were 50% more expensive than anywhere else they were available), the lack of swapping ability outside of Disney, and what a crappy charge the Fuel Rods gave your phone. Wow, did I get a lot of flack for that from hardcore Disney fans, LOL!
About 6 months later, I re-examined the whole Fuel Rod thing and one new thing stood out – there were admittedly many more kiosks around, particularly at theme parks, which meant there were more places to switch out. I still thought there were much better portable rechargers out there, but agreed they were OK during specific circumstances.
Disney is huge. Disney parks are huge. With so many things going on at a Disney park at any given time, there are plenty of secrets that Disney cast members (Disneyspeak for “employees”) can’t or won’t tell you. Some secrets are a little more well known than others, since they’ve snuck out over the years. Others may be brand new info to you.
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