Posted Monday, January 4, 2010 11:23 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts says approximately 4 million people registered online for free theme-park tickets in 2009 as part of the company's "Free on Your Birthday" marketing campaign. It's unclear exactly how many of those people actually picked up and used their tickets. But Disney said in September that the redemption rate was running around 30 percent.
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Even though I really like the show, Gonch, I fully undersand what you are saying. Emotional manipulation is part of why I watch the show. I study specific things that they do to get an emotional response from me. I laugh at myself when it works.
Most of the time, they give the families 50 or 100K to help pay the bills and for general upkeep. Where does that money go to?
I will disagree with you about them pretending to do good. Of course the network seeks profit, but I truly believe that the writers and hosts of the show have their heart in the right place. I always want to see more TV shows that do good for humanity. There are only a few that I can think of, America's Most Wanted, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, and some reality shows that grant the viewers a look inside the lives of people with disabilities, such as Little people Big World, for example.
Your right I misunderstood the promotion which makes my last post irrelevant now..
I volunteered at the Extreme Makeover house done last fall in Toledo. I moved furniture into the house the night before the big reveal. I agree with what everyone is saying. That house dwarfed everything else in the neighborhood. Every single person's yard on their street was destroyed throughout the course of the week (I do believe they all got new ones for free afterwards).
As far as the Disney tickets, my twin sister and I used the birthday promotion last year and will hopefully be able to participate in the volunteer one this year.
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