While trite and often used as a justification for laziness, an axiom I tend to live by is "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." It's served me well throughout the years. In fact, you could say that my love for Disney has poured out of this concept— Elaine and I love Disney, we have a great vacation each time we go, don't mess with success.
Disney, however, does not operate under this axiom. They are always changing something, even if it "ain't broke." And, to be fair, they have their reasons. Sometimes, they are fixing something a guest would not have noticed, but would have caused inconvenience down the line. Other times, they make great improvements guests couldn't have imagined.
But, they've also gotten it wrong more than a time or two, leaving a mangled version of an attraction guests once held dear, or sometimes closing a cherished attraction altogether. Disney's latest "improvement" seems to belong to the latter category. You can read about Disney's latest changes to Epcot here, and you'll understand why we're upset. Disney is giving some of our favorite entertainers the axe—most notably Off Kilter. They're doing so to make room for a few new acts. What I don't understand is why this has to be an "either-or" scenario. They want to put a lumberjack show in Canada. Great! Let's have both. To hear more on that topic, listen to Mike's most recent newscast for the week of August 24, 2014. His comments on a lumberjack show are priceless.
With that said, Marshall acquired the email addresses for two Disney executives in charge of Epcot and Epcot entertainment. I figured I'd pass these along, with a reminder to please keep any emails sent to these gentlemen civil and respectful. You have to know that they feel they are doing what's best for the parks. That doesn't mean we can't tell them that we disagree, but it should mean that we express our displeasure with a measure of decency.
With that said, here is their contact information:
Please feel free to download our "We're not Happy" meme, and send it along to them. Hopefully, we can keep some of these acts around.
Here at the Mousekebeers Podcast, we're pretty open about the fact that we listen to other Disney podcasts. Ask any of our members, and we'll give you a list of different ones we listen to. One of my favorites is done by Jim Hill and Len Testa—The Unofficial Disney Guide's Dish with Jim Hill. The most recent episode dealt with the topic of Disney Vacation Club expansion. I highly recommend listening to is here, but I will go over the gist of it here.
Disney has more rooms available in their different resorts than they want or need, so they are looking to get rid of some of their inventory. A great way for them to do that is to turn existing resort space into Disney Vacation Club properties. The problem is, they are also running out of resorts to change over. One of the last viable options seems to be Caribbean Beach.
As a Disney enthusiast, and passholder, I have stayed in many of the resorts on property. I can say, without hesitation, that Caribbean Beach is my least favorite. It's too spread out. It's on a long bus route. It's not cheap. It doesn't have great restaurants. The list of complaints against this particular resort could go on and on. But, it could be the perfect DVC resort.
Thaddeaus Swart is a California transplant currently living in Louisiana. He teaches middle school by day and tends bar by night. He is a home brew hobbyist and a Disney enthusiast. His favorite Disney movie is Pete's Dragon, and if he could be any cast member at Disney, he would be Chief of the Main Street Volunteer Fire Department—a position that allows you to walk Main Street and sing all the best Disney songs alongside the guests. His favorite place in Disney to grab a beer is Le Cellier Steakhouse in the World Showcase Canada, where they offer a great selection of Canadian Abbey Style beers.