Dad's Rants: Disney you need to clean up the parks!
Welcome to the first in the series of Dad's Three Big End of 2017 Walt Disney World Rants! I want to start with the one that's bother me the most. I want to address this to the suits in Lake Buena Vista. Hey, Disney you need to clean up the parks!
Clean it up Disney
Hey Disney, there are trash cans everywhere, use them (yes, people could pick up their own napkins) - Photo by Laurie Sapp
Last week I got a message from somebody that had just gotten back after Thanksgiving. They talked about how dirty everything was at Walt Disney World. Wait a minute, wait a minute, that can't be right. Disney is all about keeping the parks clean. There's a trash can every 50 feet. Supposedly everyone is a janitor at Walt Disney World. What's going on?
Then I remembered a few years ago we were at Epcot on a Saturday of the Food and Wine Festival and there were people everywhere. There was also trash everywhere. I mean the place was dirty. Really dirty. Not good. Embarrassingly dirty.
This is a problem. Hey Disney, are you listening? This is a problem. This was one of Walt's really pet peeves. This is what separated Disney from other theme parks. If we want to go to a dirty theme park we'll go to..., I'm not going to say another name, I'll let you fill in the blank. Disney, the thing that separates you from other theme parks is your cleanliness.
Disney, you need to clean up the parks.
Take a close look, Disney you need to clean up the parks - Photo by Laurie Sapp
I know over the last few years, Disney, you've been in this big push to "right size" your employee base, which has really meant that you've cut the people that help keep your parks clean. Not a good idea!
Yes, I know sales are up and you don't have to listen to me about this because attendance keeps trending up (except for that pesky 2016, oh and the summer thing), but one of these days that's going to turn around. Dirty parks is going to be one of the big reasons why.
Dad's Bottom Line
Disney If you want to continue to separate yourself from other parks you have got to keep your parks clean. You have got to keep the maintenance done. You've got to do that painting that you used to do every day, Main Street used to get painted every year from one end to the other. You've quit doing that kind of stuff and it really is showing. There will come a day where there will be a reckoning for this.
Rant number one, Disney you need to clean up the parks.
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