Bad news for Disneyland?
Al Lutz at MiceAge reports that Disneyland Senior VP for Operations Greg Emmer quit this week
, leaving the parks without one of the major architects of Disneyland's recent revival.
That's potentially bad news for Disney, as Emmer was a theme park lifer, a guy who understood Disney show and guest service and knew how to "manage up" the corporate food chain to make needed repairs happen.
Disneyland faced significant problems earlier this decade, after years of management by people with no theme park experience led to peeling paint, crumbling facades, diminished attraction capacity, longer lines, stale attractions and two fatal accidents that were entirely the park's fault -- something almost unheard of in the theme park industry.
Under the leadership of Emmer, former park president Matt Ouimet and new Disney CEO Bob Iger, Disneyland changed direction, made itself over in a spectacular fashion for the park's 50th anniversary in 2005 and drew up plans for a series of exciting new attractions, both at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure.
Here's hoping Disney finds a theme park pro to replace Emmer, or if Lutz' theory is right and Emmer quit out of frustration with Disney managers, makes the changes necessary to bring him back. Disneyland has again become one of the top theme parks in the country, if not the very best, over the past four years. Its fans deserve to see that welcomed progress continue.
Oh no! I don't want Disneyland to suffer again! Big Thunder Mountain already has diminished lines. I don't want another ride to suffer its consequences.
Sometimes it's more important to keep the people who really make an operation run successfully than the chiefs who may be new to the company and not steeped in its corporate culture. There may be plenty of people that the present chiefs can be "traded" for, while there is only one Emmer. If the chiefs behave in such a way that drive key people away, the people with know-how and vision, a good solution is to find new chiefs. If Emmer quit because of his unhappiness with the folks at the top, this may be what is called for.
Possibly they will find someone as good if not better. It takes more than one person to make a great place like Disneyland run. he couldn't have been alone in making it better. Disneyland has always been evolving into a better place every year. I didn't see anything different really these past few years. I have always loved Disneyland. One thing I can't understand is why they take out things ( especially in tommorowland) and never put anything there again or replace it with something better. Leave it until you have something new in the works don't just leave it blank. Examples are the subs were gone for years without anything there and that was a huge empty space. The people movers have been gone and they put something there but took that out ( forgot what it even was) after just a year and now there is nothing there. The sky cabs that went through the materhorn and across from tommorowland - fantasyland are gone with nothing there. ?? Why do they do that. Lines may be shorter if they keep things until new ones are ready to build. Even if they are not a huge attraction things like the people movers were great if the kids wanted one more ride fast it kept them happy and it had little to no line since it was always moving. it was also a great ride if you wanted to sit for a few minutes. ?? This is a problem they have had and never fixed. Stop taking away and not adding!
So, he's worked at Disney for 40 years. He is what, 60 something? Call me naive, but I don't think he's quitting. I think he's RETIRING.
In short: He quit. He's one guy. Disney will continue to move forward without him.
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