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In the spirit of political season (anyone else as sick of those ads as I am?), I thought long and hard about what topic I would discuss in this post. Ultimately, I decided that it is time to lay out an important decision for all of you. I’ve decided to run for President…of Walt Disney World. As such, I have a simple five point plan for how to make Walt Disney World the best it can be, now and forever!
Step 1 – Change the 180 day window – Disney requires you now to think about where you want to eat 6 months before your visit. That’s un-American. We are a fly by the seat of our pants sort of culture. I actually enjoyed the 90 day window, because then, I had much more concrete plans and could schedule my dining more appropriately. How many of you have called 120 days out from your trip, and were unable to get half the restaurants you wanted? Change it, I say!
Step 2 – Make the special events more special – We’ve all seen it. The Food and Wine Festival at Epcot has changed significantly over the last three years. Culinary and wine demonstrations got an upcharge, and the other events have declined. During Christmas time, decorations seem to have shrunk, and special touches like the Lights of Winter at Epcot have gone away. When I’m President, we’ll expand these festivals and add more. How about a special Valentine’s week event? Or more things like Summer Nightastic?
Step 3 – Re-open Pleasure Island – Ladies and gentlemen, over two full years ago, Walt Disney World shut down one of my favorite things on property. Pleasure Island was a revelation for adult visitors to the World. The Adventurer’s Club was one of my favorites, but the Comedy Warehouse and the dance clubs were loads of fun, too. That decision was a mistake. Under my administration, Pleasure Island would re-open, with dance clubs, great restaurants and fun entertainment venues.
Step 4 – Reveal the classified information – We all know that there are two big things that Disney has planned for Walt Disney World – the expansion of Fantasyland and the mysterious NextGen project. If you’re a regular Betamouse listener (a fabulous podcast, by the way) you know that NextGen is about enhancing the use of technology in the parks to update the ways guests tour or use the parks. And we all know that the Fantasyland expansion will feature some things like a Little Mermaid ride and the new Gaston’s restaurant, but what else? As President, I will let the public know what is coming, and give you the ability to make plans.
Step 5 – Continue spreading the magic – It’s not all negative in this campaign. Walt Disney World does an incredible job of creating magical memories and vacations for millions of guests each year. This is the reason why so many people flock there each and ever year. There is no need to change that. Keep the magic coming, whether through little things like characters riding rides with kids or big things like the new Magical Memories campaign.
So that’s my platform, ladies and gentlemen. I say that a vote for me is a vote for a better, stronger Walt Disney World. But I am open to suggestions. What would you like to see in my platform? What things do you want expanded or improved at Walt Disney World?
Thanks to Tom Bricker for the Lights of Winter photo! Click on the photo to see more of his awesome pictures.