DIS Unplugged Podcast – 07/23/13 – Orlando Show

| July 23, 2013

On this week’s episode of The DIS Unplugged, Sea World defends itself against the new Blackfish documentary, Disney plans executive cutbacks, and yet another fraud scam to get Disney tickets. Then, in our second of our three ‘Beyond The Parks’ segments, the team discusses our recent trip on a Disney Cruise Line itinerary through Alaska on the Disney Wonder. All this and more in this week’s edition of The DIS Unplugged! Want to get in touch? Check out our contact page.

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07/23/13 – News, Housekeeping, Rapidfire:

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07/23/13 – Beyond The Parks: DCL Alaska Cruise:

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I'm the Assistant Webmaster and Designer for The DIS and the Associate Producer for The DIS Unplugged podcast. I've lived in Florida for almost three years after graduating from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania in 2010. I am a former Walt Disney World Cast Member and spent almost four years on Main Street U.S.A.
  • Lauren

    Hi! Where can I find the link to this weeks contest? Thanks!

  • http://shaunthompson.net/ Shaun Thompson

    Hey Lauren, the link the the contest is still http://www.disunplugged.com/contest. I added it above, thanks!

  • Alex

    Loved the Alaska recap! I was on this cruise and I have to comment because we must have been right near you on Tracy Arm day because my family made two appearances in your video. We’re the group of four in Dustin’s video at the end right at the beginning. So funny! :)

  • http://shaunthompson.net/ Shaun Thompson

    That’s awesome! We really had a great time on the cruise. Hope the show and videos were a cool look back at your trip. :)

  • Matt

    Fun show guys, thanks! I wanted to comment on the “what should Disney do next” email you discussed. Kevin hit the nail right on the head with his comment right out of the gate. Something to the effect of “I’d like to see Disney get back to creating original attractions rather than buying used stuff.”
    Truthfully, I don’t have a problem with acquisitions and synergies as long as they are used appropriately. For the most part, they have done a good job so far. Pixar, Lucas, Marvel and The Muppets have all been great acquisitions and, for the most part, they have been implemented well up to now.
    However, this is becoming all Disney is willing to do and that is the problem. Yes, they always took movies (their own or others) and developed attractions around them. Fantasyland, Star Tours, Indiana Jones and the Great Movie Ride are all examples of this. But they also developed original attractions for their parks as well. In other words, Imagineering wasn’t limited to certain movies or characters. If an attraction could be developed that was right for a park, it had a chance to be built, regardless of whether it was tied to existing films.
    I’m not sure if an executive decree has been issued, but it appears Imgaineering is being limited to only attractions that tie in to existing films, tv shows, etc. Since Everest in 2005, I can’t think of any significant attraction that has opened without a character or movie tie-in. In addition, characters have been added to existing attractions like The Living Seas, El Rio del Tiempo, Mulholland Madness (DCA), Alien Encounter, The only real exception is the MK’s Tiki Room, where characters were removed, but that’s only because the Tiki Gods finally set the place on fire.
    Every attraction included in DCA’s recent makeover (Cars Land, Ariel’s Journey, Toy Story Mania) has included character tie-ins.
    Now, even with all the acquistions Disney has made, they have reached out to James Cameron to give us Avatarland (ugh).
    It’s not that these attractions cannot be succeed, clearly they can. But Disney did not become Disney by limiting themselves in this manner. Kevin noted two examples that prove this point, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion, arguably the two most successful theme park attractions of all time. Pirates even spawned a tremendously successful movie franchise. Then there’s the Matterhorn, Jungle Cruise, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, and many other classic attractions. Even in the last 10-15 years they have had success with Everest, Soarin’ and Kilimanjaro Safaris.
    The parks work best when they are allowed to function independently of the other divisions. They should utilize and support the assets of those divisions when appropriate, but they should not be limited to ONLY those assets in their creative process.
    Thanks for the show and for letting me vent.