Disney's Next Generation Initiatives

by MouseStation Crew, staff writer

MouseStation 421 - Disney's Next Generation Initiatives

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On today's show, Mark and Mike talk about Disney's next generation initiative and the coming character meet-and-greet Fastpasses.

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Feature: Disney's Next Generation Initiatives

Mark and Mike discussed what Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs revealed about Disney's Next Generation initiatives and an investor conference a couple of weeks ago.

Topics included:

  • being able to get Fastpasses for attractions and character interactions from home
  • being able to secure seats at shows from home
  • other stuff available now, such as reserving dining reservations & other experiences from home
  • getting your room key before you leave home
  • other magic involving the use of RFID-enabled wristbands, including:
    • having characters greet you by name based on information on your wristband
    • opening your room door with your wristband
    • making dining and merchandise transactions by waving your wristband
  • other customized experiences

They also discussed concerns about privacy issues if personal info is on the RFID chip. There was also speculation about whether it was possible that Disney could introduce tiered benefits based upon spending amount.

There was further discussion about the just-announced addition of the ability to get a Fastpass to meet Mickey Mouse when his new meet-and-greet opens in the Town Square Theater later this spring.

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March of Dimes

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Listener Feedback

Brian Jones wrote in to hypothesize about a possible New Fantasyland Phase 2 project based on a survey that he took.

Kim Liddle made a suggestion to Mary Tesch about celebrating her son's birthday while they're at Disneyland.

Lauren wrote in to ask for more information about the Disney Dream, including the theaters, the Buccaneer Blast fireworks, and the AquaDuck.

Glenda Elam asked about issues regarding the walk to the Port Adventures pickup point at Nassau for her disabled husband.

Pete Altemese called from the Magic Kingdom at the end of his vacation to check in and to note that he'll be calling in with trip report comments when he gets home.

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