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P. 60: Minnie Vans are BACK starting June 29th!

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This is frustrating because this topic actually is relevant and it would be interesting to be be able to discuss the logistics of it and predictions on how it will play out but it's 2022. It's now absolutely impossible for grown adults to have this conversation without aggressively injecting their own political views into it to the point where it turns into a flame war within like 3 posts.

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57 minutes ago, coasterbill said:

This is frustrating because this topic actually is relevant and it would be interesting to be be able to discuss the logistics of it and predictions on how it will play out but it's 2022. It's now absolutely impossible for grown adults to have this conversation without aggressively injecting their own political views into it to the point where it turns into a flame war within like 3 posts.

Ideal in my opinion would be DIS and FL hash it out (I think this is ultimately what will happen) and Chapek gets replaced. With how he bungled this whole thing and the stock price dropping hard, he should be feeling the pressure.

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I have to giggle at how it's been suggested elsewhere (non-theme park people) that Disney can just up and find another location and establish what they have in Orlando as a result of this political mess.

 

That being said, could this result in Disney at least floating the idea of spending cash/improving their other properties and trying to deflect guests into going to their other parks if things continue to be problematic in Florida?  Obviously Disney alone is probably 1/3 of central Florida's economy, so they hold many of the cards here.

 

It seems like Disney has the power to do this subtly over time, and could result in a "death by one thousand cuts" scenario for Orlando if things play out long enough.

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I don't want to act like I'm an expert on the politics of a state where I don't live but my gut says that nothing noteworthy will come out of this. There will be a lot of headlines, there will be a lot of talk, there will be a lot of time and money wasted on legal battles on each side but at the end of the day, Disney will probably call their bluff. Disney will probably also do it in a way that won't be inflammatory and they'll probably wait and let this whole thing die down first. They don't want a political battle with either side. It's too late for that now, but I still expect them to do whatever they can to try and diffuse the situation.

That said, Ron DeSantis won the Governor's election by about 32,000 votes. He got about 219,000 votes from Orange and Osceola county. He didn't win those counties, but it's all popular vote anyway so it doesn't matter. I don't really expect the Republicans to let the taxpayers foot the bill for that debt and drive property taxes up by thousands of dollars when if they lose even 15% of those 219,000 people in those two counties that voted for him, all other things being equal they will lose the next election.

I expect Ron DeSantis to sign this and claim victory. Then my guess would be that this ends up in an expensive court battle and/or a negotiation where Disney concedes some things they don't care about but we end up with something very similar to what we have now where both sides can still feel like they won.

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Disney should play this correctly and:

1. State that all new development including new attractions will be delayed or canceled in Florida until we take a 10 year period to evaluate if we have reached market saturation in the Orlando area.  Make the locals feel better by stating that we will not need to increase prices by 10% a year if we are not adding new $100,000,000 plus attractions every year.  Instead, state you will spend $20,000,000 per year on attraction rehabs until the classic attractions are all in prime condition. 

2. Dump all of Disney's fire and police department  pensions, healthcare and municipal debt on the local or state government.  I have heard that they could transfer well over a billion dollars of debt to the government as part of the process of dissolving the special district.

3.  Layoff all Disney corporate staff that was moved to Orlando from California except for what is needed to run the parks and cruise ship.  State that the company is entering a cost controlling stage because of lower attendance then expected.

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One news network reported that they had called Orange and Osceola county to see if they could handle the needs from Disney. They basically said its such a far fetched idea that they have no further comments. 

Sounds like the county's that would need to take over are not concerned that this will really happen. 

This is DeSantis way of getting his name out before he runs for President!

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1 hour ago, thepoint4life23 said:

One news network reported that they had called Orange and Osceola county to see if they could handle the needs from Disney. They basically said its such a far fetched idea that they have no further comments. 

Sounds like the county's that would need to take over are not concerned that this will really happen. 

This is DeSantis way of getting his name out before he runs for President!

Exactly. All the headlines are getting people to think he stuck it to WDW. Even friends on FB who ive provided links to saying its not going to work for FL refuse to believe he's not going to win this battle. They think its a done deal. Realistically, it benefits no one to dissolve it. 

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On 4/22/2022 at 8:52 AM, Haymaker said:

Ideal in my opinion would be DIS and FL hash it out (I think this is ultimately what will happen) and Chapek gets replaced. With how he bungled this whole thing and the stock price dropping hard, he should be feeling the pressure.

If both Chapek gets replaced and DeSantis loses in November because of this then it will be considered a win-win for everyone. 

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On 5/1/2022 at 9:33 AM, rachelmadcow said:

Din Tai Fung is Taiwanese I'm stunned Disney is doing business with them seeing how China has basically implied they can snatch back the Chinese Disney parks at any time. 

I went to a Dim Sum buffet in Vegas that had a 90 minute maximum - I expect high traffic establishments to start instituting a time limit. 

If China did snatch back their Disney parks you wouldn't see half the hand wringing and sobbing that you saw over their loss of privilege in Florida. 

 

15 hours ago, rachelmadcow said:

Everything I say become a new debate. They say he is out of touch he cannot relate! 

 

 

Because you have little to no braincells. Jit  be like smoking 

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Disney and Lyft have announced the return of the Minnie Van service to Walt Disney World, starting on June 29th!

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Disney and Lyft are bringing back the wildly popular Minnie Van Service at Walt Disney World Resort. The beloved and adorable Minnie Van Service, connected by Lyft, returns this summer to make Disney World vacations more memorable and getting around the parks easier.

Starting June 29, guests can book the Minnie Van Service directly in the Lyft app to get to nearly any destination within Walt Disney World Resort. It’s a great way to get around quickly and in style—all while in a Disney-owned and operated vehicle, driven by a Cast Member. Service will be available for use throughout the property including to the Disney Resort Collection hotels.

The Minnie Van Service is one of the most convenient and personalized transportation options to choose from – with quick, point-to-point drop-offs and pickups around Walt Disney World Resort. Guests can book just by opening the Lyft App and selecting a Minnie Van vehicle to pick them up. Guests can also use the app to request an Accessible Minnie Van, as needed, and each Minnie Van comes equipped with two, complimentary child car seats for the littlest travelers.

Guests can easily book a Minnie Van from the Lyft app at Walt Disney World Resort by confirming their pickup location and swiping through vehicle type options to select “Minnie Van.” After booking, guests will spot their car, hop in, and enjoy the ride. Those that want to utilize the Minnie Van Service for transportation throughout Walt Disney World Resort can review step-by-step directions on DisneyWorld.com or learn more by visiting disneyworld.disney.go.com/minnie-van

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Disney and Lyft are bringing back the wildly popular Minnie Van Service at Walt Disney World Resort. The beloved and adorable Minnie Van Service, connected by Lyft, returns this summer to make Disney World vacations more memorable and getting around the parks easier.

"The rest of the vacation was okay, but when we got to go for a ride in that beloved and adorable Chevy Traverse that was a memory that will stick with our family forever."

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On 6/9/2022 at 3:52 PM, coasterbill said:

"The rest of the vacation was okay, but when we got to go for a ride in that beloved and adorable Chevy Traverse that was a memory that will stick with our family forever."

To be fair, we've used the Minnie Van service several times and it has always been above and beyond expectations and I was actually super bummed with the rumors of it never coming back were out there.  This is a service I will most like make good use of in the future, and I say that as an Orlando local with a car!!! 

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