Sunday, January 13, 2013
Management Changes at Disneyland and Walt Disney World
Management Changes at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts
It seems that Disney has decided to shake things up at both DLR and WDW. This is according to Orlando Attractions Magazine. There are other changes as well but I'm focusing on DLR and WDW.
They are sending George Kalogridis, Current Disneyland President will transfer to WDW as President. Animal Kingdom Vice President Michael Colglazier will be relocate to California and be President of DLR.
While I agree it is good to shake up management and let them see the differences between how things are done at various locations I see a downside for DLR. I can see Mr. Kalogridis bringing the more intimate personal DLR style/feel to WDW while Mr. Colglazier could bring more of corporate/cold WDW style/feel to DLR.
For quite some time WDW has had what I call ‘Pay to Play’ (PtP) events such as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Christmas Party. While I would not pay to play at MNSSHP or MCP I know others do. In fact I know many that plan trips around these events.
‘PtP’ events do work at WDW because there are 4 parks and many resort hotels with alternative Disney entertainment when the park with the party closes. These same events do not work well at DLR because of the limited options.
When you can’t see fireworks at MK due to MNSSHP you can swing over to DHS for Fantasmic or EPCOT for Illimunations. DTD and many of the hotels have entertainment as well. The campground has evening bonfires with story time.
When you can’t see fireworks at DL due to a PtP event you can’t see Fantasmic. Your options are limited to DCA with World of Color and Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. DTD at the DLR resort is small and has some ‘street performers’. There is nothing to do at the hotels other than explore the beautiful facilities and eat at one of the fantastic restaurants. No shows or events.
As an Annual Passholder I am sad that things at DLR are heading to the style of WDW. Halloween went PtP but that is ok because it is Trick or Treating. I feel the price is too high for what you get but for those that wish to pay it is fine. It does hurt those that purchase a single day ticket and lose out on hours in the park.
Rumors are they are planning on making Christmas PtP! DL will close early and you will miss the Christmas Fireworks, Fantasmic and Romantic strolls down Main Street under the Christmas lights. If you are like me and don’t like this PLEASE write a letter to Disney! If you need to know how to contact Disney check out this post.