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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby SLUSHIE » Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:12 pm

Sure Disney has been using it for other systems, but those are things that were probably used by a few hundred people a day, and not hundreds of thousands. Also those are things that aren't absolutely essential to the operation of the resort.

At a ski resort a majority of the guest purchases are food. There really isn't a huge merchandise market like there is at a theme parks with all the toys n crap. They do sell ski's and clothes and those sorts of things, but those are hardly impulse buys. So I mean that since I bring my lunch I don't have much experience with the 'Resort Charge' feature.

jray21, I'm not saying that they will implement some sort of tracking thing like what Vail has, but what Disney has revealed about the system could have been done with basic magnetic stripe card. So far many of the places it's been put to use the person has to actively hold their pass within inches of a reader, that isn't all that more convenient than swiping a card like a credit card. Where RFID really has benefits is when the user doesn't have to actively do anything other than walk by a sensor or whatever. For instance if the Vail tracking system required everyone to stop and swipe their card every time they rode a chair, that would be plain stupid, but with RFID people don't have to do anything at all. Magnetic stripe cards are more secure to, since a sly person has to have direct access to the pass to obtain it's info. Someone with some soft of scanning device (security would hopefully catch stuff like that) could unknowingly get someones info from RFID. The info associated with it is nothing more than some obscure ID number, but they could possibly use it to break into peoples hotel rooms. The way they are using RFID right now doesn't really seem to warrant it's use with such a security flaw. Maybe there will be more to the system, maybe there wont. With what I've read about the system though, they really haven't implemented anything that hugely benefits from RFID which makes me think they might have chosen it to allow for other features over the years.
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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby Wes » Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:26 pm

It's weird how many assumptions people are making on a system that hasn't been formally announced.
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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:34 pm

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:53 am

Wes wrote:It's weird how many assumptions people are making on a system that hasn't been formally announced.

And how people are just constantly arguing with the ones who have *a bit* of an idea of what's going on, have actually used and been through the testing system, and are just trying to help them understand what it is.

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby window » Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:43 am

This may have already been covered, but have any dates been announced for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opening?

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby Wes » Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:28 am

Only the vague "Some time in 2014".
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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby CorkscrewFoley » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:40 pm

Hopefully in January when I'll be there...c'mon soft opening!

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby carolinacaniac » Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:32 pm

Hey guys,

So Tuesday was my first full day off from work since two days after Christmas, and I figured that I would enjoy my first day at Magic Kingdom in 2013. While I was there, I took a few pictures with my phone, most of which were of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Coaster. From Adam's update, there have been a few pieces of track added, otherwise it looks like most of the progress was probably not as noticeable from the viewing areas. But here is a look at what I saw while at the park.
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Upon arrival to the park, the Main Street Philharmonic Band was performing. Really adds to the atmosphere.
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Walking across the bridge from Main Street to Fantasyland, you can see the new piece of track that has since been added.
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The lift hill as seen before, along with the new track
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Part of the building has been closed off since last time.
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I had not seen this since the last time I went to Magic Kingdom for a visit, but they have set up areas for you to look in on the construction
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Dopey invites you to take a glance at the construction of their new coaster.
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Another glance at the area as seen from near the Mad Tea Part and entrance to Storybook Circus
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The section of track that has since been added
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Another glance at the station area
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Grumpy shows the look that many will have while waiting for 2-plus hours during the Winter Break Season of 2014.
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In the future, this could make a great view of the ride from near the Storybook Circus entrance with the Castle and the coaster
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This shot was taken from near the exit of Winnie the Pooh
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Another viewing window is available near the entrance to New Fantasyland
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The drop-off from one of the coaster's lift hills
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"Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work I go...."
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Closer look
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Side view along the path that goes by the Little Mermaid attractions
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A look at what I believe will be the house of the Seven Dwarfs
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This gate blocks what will be the connecting path to Storybook Circus
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Another look at the track that was recently added from the same area
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I cannot wait to see this area when the ride is done. Hope you guys enjoyed the update.
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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby Double0Kevin » Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:47 pm

^ Awesome update! Seems like they are really moving on the track install now. This whole thing is so much more massive than I had imagined. Really happy they decided to do this over the meet and greet area they had originally announced. This seems like a great ride to have in Fantasyland.
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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:20 pm

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/the-daily-disney/os-new-disney-world-president-20130109,0,1494751.story

The Walt Disney Co. shook up its senior theme-park management ranks Wednesday, reassigning more than a half-dozen top executives — including a new president for Walt Disney World.

Disney said George A. Kalogridis, now president of Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., will move East to take over as president of Disney World, the company's biggest and most-profitable resort.

He will succeed Meg Crofton, who will focus exclusively on her duties as president of all operations for Disney theme parks in the United States and Europe — a new position created a year and a half ago amid another management restructuring.

The move instantly elevates the 59-year-old Kalogridis — a University of Central Florida alum who began with Disney as a hotel busboy in Orlando — to a position as one of the most influential corporate executives in Florida, atop a sprawling resort with four theme parks; two dozen hotels and time shares; and more than 66,000 employees.

Crofton, 59, will move to Disney's corporate headquarters in Burbank, Calif. She has been the face of the company in Central Florida in recent years, serving on the governing boards of entities ranging from the University of Central Florida to the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission.

The changes were ordered by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs and are designed, the company said, to give upper managers "the opportunity to broaden their knowledge" of Disney's global vacation empire.

The logic evoked a higher-management shakeup orchestrated three years ago by Disney Co. President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger, who had Staggs, then the Disney Co. chief financial officer, trade jobs with Jay Rasulo, then-chairman of parks and resorts.

"With all that we currently have in flight across our resort destinations in the U.S. and France, the time is right to move forward with this leadership transition," Staggs said in a prepared statement. "This group of Disney veterans has the knowledge and expertise needed to continue delivering on our legacy of creating unforgettable experiences that our guests have come to know and expect."

Disney would not make Staggs or Kalogridis available for interviews.

The company said no one would leave Disney as part of the changes. All appointments are effective Feb. 1.

The movement extended far beyond Disney World. To replace Kalogridis atop Disneyland, which has experienced enormous growth this summer following the opening of a "Cars"-themed land, the company tapped Michael Colglazier, vice president in charge of Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park in Central Florida.

Kalogridis and Colglazier will both report to Crofton.

Replacing Colglazier at Animal Kingdom: Josh D'Amaro, who currently runs the company's Adventures by Disney packaged-tour business.

Disney also appointed a new head of Disney Vacation Club, its Celebration-based time-share arm. It promoted Ken Potrock, a highly regarded Central Florida executive currently in charge of the company's sports-tourism businesses and the Downtown Disney retail complex, to the position of senior vice president and general manager of DVC and Adventures by Disney.

Potrock will replace Claire Bilby, who had run Disney's time-share business since August 2011, after former unit President Jim Lewis was ousted. Bilby will move to Paris to become senior vice president of sales and marketing for Disneyland Paris and Europe.

Tom Wolber, No. 2 executive at Disney Cruise Line, will succeed Potrock as head of Disney Sports Enterprises, which includes Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and the company's rapidly growing runDisney marathon program, as well as Downtown Disney.

For Kalogridis, the appointment as president of Disney World is a homecoming. The 41-year company veteran began his career as a busboy in Disney's Contemporary Resort in 1971, the year Disney World opened.

He has held an assortment of positions for the company, ranging from vice president in charge of Epcot to chief operating officer for Disneyland Paris. He has been president of Disneyland, which has two theme parks, three hotels and about 25,000 employees, since 2009.

He most recently steered Disney's original theme-park resort through a period of dizzying growth after a $1.2 billion makeover of Disneyland's second gate, Disney California Adventure, which culminated this summer with the opening of the 12-acre "Cars Land." He has also become a favorite of Disney's passionate, and sometimes critical, fan blogosphere.

"I am excited to return to my roots and have the opportunity to lead our talented Walt Disney World Resort cast," Kalogridis said in a prepared statement distributed by Disney. "I look forward to again working with my Florida-based colleagues and reconnecting with Central Florida's community and business leaders."
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