Wow. I can't say that I had read one like that one before... I need to go get a tin hat.
But yup. I've been following this very carefully for a long time now (over two years?) There has been a LOT of interesting stuff that has been gone over with this already. Disney isn't infallible. The most reliable figure I've heard is they are sinking $1.5 billion into this system. They aren't doing it to be nice - they expect to make some serious dough off of it.
The whole point of building a park in Orlando was to make money. The whole point of adding DCA was to make money. The whole point of building on-site hotels was to make money. The whole point of building additional gates at WDW was to make money. The whole point of going from ticket books to POP admission was to make money.
We might visit Fantasyland at the Disney parks, but the parks exist in the real world. In the real world, if the parks don't make money THEY CLOSE.
As usual, my analysis is free of charge! Original enough to not steal someone else's quote as a signature
larrygator wrote:We might visit Fantasyland at the Disney parks, but the parks exist in the real world. In the real world, if the parks don't make money THEY CLOSE.
That was my point? As I said, I just think it's interesting to follow because it is one of the biggest changes ever in how people visit parks, and there is potential for it to misfire, as there is for anything in this industry no matter how well thought out it was / is.
Although as someone said recently and I agree with this, Disney never fails, the just state the goal is different!
If you’re an AT&T wireless subscriber, here’s great news if you’re at the Magic Kingdom and trying to upload your iPhone video of Splash Mountain to YouTube while you share some Instagram photos of Mickey with your friends on Facebook, too.
AT&T and Disney Parks today announced that the wireless provider would be the official wireless company for Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.
The agreement will bring a lot of branding and marketing endeavors, of course, but it also will have a very real technological effect for AT&T users in the theme parks here in Orlando and in California.
Those include: Ten cell sites across Walt Disney World Resort; more than 25 distributed antenna systems to increase wireless capacity; more than 350 so-called “small cells” to extend network connectivity; and more than 40 repeaters to boost the mobile performance for both guests and Disney cast members.
According to today’s announcement, the agreement also will see AT&T acting as a sponsor of Disney-created soccer and runDisney events at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The pact also will be used by both companies to educate consumers about the dangers of texting while driving.
Also, Disney cast members will use new mobile devices and the enhanced network capabilities as part of their interaction with park guests, the release stated.
Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, said she was excited about the agreement.
"This alliance joins two companies that share a commitment to providing quality experiences,” Crofton stated in the release, “and we look forward to the collaboration as we continue to leverage technology to enhance the experience for our guests."
In addition to touting AT&T’s 4G LTE network, the release also pointed out that AT&T was named America's fastest 4G LTE network in PC Magazine's 2013 “Fastest Mobile Networks” 30-market study.
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
Glad to see them bringing a major boost to cell service there! Sometimes it was a pain to find good service. There was usually decent service, but now it should be a lot better! At least for those of us on AT&T.
Wish they could get all the major providers to upgrade cell infrastructure, though I have never had any issues at WDW on Verizon. Don't get LTE everywhere though. Luckily they offer free WiFi to offset that!
First came the cracking sounds. Then windows started blowing out. And before they knew it, guests felt the ground beneath their Lake County resort near Disney World sink into the ground.
Guests had only 10 to 15 minutes to escape collapsing buildings at the Summer Bay Resort on U.S. Highway 192 in the Four Corners area, located about 7 miles west of Walt Disney World resort, where a large sinkhole — about 60 feet in diameter and 15 feet deep — opened in the earth late Sunday.
No one was injured but about three dozen resort goers left behind car keys, medication and other personal belongings inside their luxury condominiums after the crumbling edifices were evacuated. One building suffered catastrophic destruction while two others are being evaluated for possible damage.
"My heart sunk. I was sick to my stomach," said resort president Paul Caldwell after getting a call after about 10:30 p.m. from his staff that the 15-year-old buildings full of guests were sinking into the ground. He said it is peak season for Summer Bay and there are about 4,500 guests on the 900-unit resort property.
"No doubt there would've been injuries if they hadn't gotten the building evacuated," he said during a news conference. He praised the reaction of his staff and security guards who raced to get people out.
When windows began to shatter, a guest ran into the street to flag down resort personnel, Caldwell said.
Richard Shanley was on duty as the security guard last night when the building sank. He immediately sprang into action, helping people climb out of the building.
"It was scary. You don't know what to do. But you do what you can do to get people out," he said.
Shanley ran to one of the buildings to try to wake up guests as the ceiling collapsed and glass shattered. People were petrified and confused, he said.
"I had to run literally from end to end of the building to get people out. While you are running by, pieces of the building are falling down behind you," he said. "So you just do what you can and get out. "
He said guests were afraid that the building might cave in with people inside.
"Some of them were like 'are you serious,' Shanley said. "Some of them were screaming and hollering. I was trying to calm them down as best as I could."
The scene played out like a scene from a movie as terrified children screamed out to their parents.
"Kids were crying. They were saying, 'We don't want to get trapped here. Mommy, we're on vacation. We're here to have fun. This is not what we expected. We don't want to get trapped here,'" Shanley said.
The building that fell at Summer Bay was Building 104.
Maggie Moreno of San Antonio was visiting the resort with her husband Julian, her daughter and two grandchildren, ages 8 and 17 months. The family has been at the resort for a two weeks, she said, and staying on the third floor of Building 105, which faces the building that collapsed.
Moreno said Building 105 has also been condemned and she has not been able to get back in for her family's belongings. She said the scene Sunday night was confusing, then scary.
"We heard a ruckus, and my husband said, 'What's going on?'" said Maggie Moreno, 48. "You could hear the buckling of the building. You could hear it snapping like popcorn, pop, pop, pop."
She said management at the resort herded people into a clubhouse on site until they are able to find other accommodations.
Moreno said her family met a young couple with an infant who were staying in Building 104 and had to climb out of a window when the building started to sink and break apart.
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