With Special Guest Doug Barnes of The Season Pass Podcast
Welcome to the second part of our latest Disney at Work Podcast episode, where we had a great time chatting with Doug Barnes of The Season Pass Podcast about Lessons From Disney – And Vice Versa. If you love all things regarding theme parks, you don’t want to miss this episode. He, along with Brent Young and Robert Coker, have a terrific podcast, and it was our honor to have Doug be our first guest on our Disney at Work podcast. If you haven’t heard it yet, you can find Part I here.
In this second part, we continued chatting about the following two topics:
- What lessons could other theme parks learn from Disney?
- What lessons could Disney learn from other theme parks?
Here are a couple of images and thoughts that round out the ideas we spoke of during the podcast:
The fine line that Doug spoke of between new attractions and what is beloved at Disneyland can be found here along the newly laid tracks for the Disneyland Railroad, where Rivers of America has been kept, but shortened in order to make room for Star Wars to come in. Bringing in new attractions while preserving what makes Disneyland great is a big challenge.
We spoke of the use of broad and tight spaces in the Harry Potter experiences, which can be seen here at Diagon Alley.
There is so much to love in the new Fantasyland Forest–except for the highway that goes through. Disney emphasizes the need to deal with capacity, but the open road spaces sometimes impede the theming more than anything.
The details are incredible at Harambe Marketplace–perhaps indicative of what to expect from Pandora when it premieres. Now if only there were better food and beverage per caps.
A great example of an immersive environment are the attractions themed to Alice in Wonderland in Disneyland Paris. Like Pandora, most haven’t seen the movie–and if they have, they don’t remember exactly how the story goes or all the characters. Yet the film still offers a great sense of place.
An example we provide of a great turn around is the year Walt Disney added a monorail, a submarine voyage, and a Matterhorn bobsled ride. Nowadays, it would take years to implement these attractions.
Pirates of the Caribbean at Shanghai Disneyland is a great example of how people across the industry were contracted to create a totally new experience in the theme park industry.
Lessons From Disney: Souvenirs For Your Organization
From this and the Part I episode, we have some important souvenirs for you to apply in your organization:
- Immerse your guests/customers. Remove the distractions from the products and services you offer.
- Create the entire experience. Don’t just focus on the product or service.
- Don’t just put lipstick on a pig–Create value.
- Get to market sooner.
- Don’t wait to make quality better.
- Don’t lose your heritage.
- Don’t wait for your competition to surpass you.
- Don’t be so right about your rules.
- Cut out the dog and pony show.
- Get guest/customer input.
- Consider outsourcing to attain the best of the best.