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MouseStation 378 - Disney's Hollywood Studios Bottom 3

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On today's show, Mark and Mike pick the places that they can do without at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

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Feature: Disney's Hollywood Studios Bottom 3

Mark and Mike pick the places that they can do without at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Since there are very few non-show attractions, and they're all favorites, we don't have a bottom 3 attractions. We'll just go on with Live Entertainment/Shows and Dining.

Live Entertainment
Mike
Mark
3
Lights, Motors, Action
Sounds Dangerous
2
Animation Tour
Journey Into Narnia: Prince Caspian
1
Beauty & the Beast: Live on Stage
All character meet-n-greets

Mike's runners-up were Playhouse Disney Live, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure. Mark 's runner-up was Lights, Motors, Action.

Dining
Mike
Mark
3
Anaheim Produce
Catalina Eddie's
2
Backlot Express
Toy Story Pizza Planet Arcade
1
Herbie Love Buns cart
Fairfax Fries

 

Mike's runners-up were Fairfax Fries, Backlot Catering Co, Toy Story Pizza Planet Arcade. Mark didn't have any.

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Twitter/Facebook poll questions

Here are the responses to some questions that Mark was asking on Twitter and Facebook in the last week. If you'd like to get in on answering these questions in the future, you can follow Mark on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.

Now that the year is over, what do you think was the biggest news to come from The Walt Disney Company in 2009?

  • Marvel deal, although we're years away from any impact on the Parks or on films due to existing contracts.
  • The expansion of Fantasyland at Walt Disney World,, although we all new about the plans before Disney announced their plans.
  • The Marvel deal for sure.
  • I think the turn over in the "Big Wigs". What direction are they trying to take the company for the future??
  • The expansion of Fantasyland.
  • D23...the magazine, the convention, the events
  • The death of Roy Disney.
  • Dick Cook's departure and the 600+ executive buyouts
  • I wouldn't say Roy came from the company . . . the return of Peoplemover to Disneyland? What, that didn't happen? So, Capt. EO returns BEFORE Peoplemover. Hello?
  • The Fantasyland expansion
  • Expansion of Fantasyland at WDW
  • Biggest news from Disney in 2009 has to be the D23 Expo announcement of the Fantasylabd expansion.
  • the biggest news was the rehab of wdw's fantasyland, the saddest was roy e disney's death
  • Marvel, Fantasyland expansion, China park, Hong Kong Expansion, firing movie chief, switching parks ceo, poor box for frog movie
  • I'll be honest, Mark. I'm still of the mindset that D23 is the biggest news to come out of The Walt Disney Company in 2009.
  • i'm with you. D23+expo+parks blog+parks twitter. "Engagement" with fans is the story of the year

Mike chose the death of Roy E. Disney, and the announcement of the upcoming release of the Epic Mickey video game.

In Mark's opinion, the biggest news was all of the executive transitions:

  • Parks & Resorts chair Jay Rasulo & Walt Disney Company CFO Tom Staggs swapped jobs;
  • Dick Cook retired as Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios and Rich Ross took over;
  • Former Disneyland Paris Chief Operating Officer George Kalogridis took over from Ed Grier as President of the Disneyland Resort;
  • Dan Cockerell took over as top boss at Epcot, replacing Jim MacPhee, who is now overseeing special projects and new technology opportunities for the parks;
  • Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg was nominated to Disney's board of directors; and
  • The whole EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) leadership got overhauled.

All of this points to Bob Iger realigning his team to best position it for the next round of opportunities in this uncertain economy and new media future. And those changes may be the most far-reaching of any announced in 2009.

What do you think?

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