Opinions on Disneyland's ride upkeep vary

Posted Monday, November 10, 2003 6:21 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Disneyland workers say cuts to maintenance come at the price of safety while consultants insist Disney is a model for safety standards.

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Monday, November 10, 2003 6:23 AM
Jeff's avatar While I'm sure that the workers at the park would know better than anyone what goes on there, I think you have to take what they say with a grain of salt too, because they work in a climate where jobs have been cut in this ugly tourist economy. That never makes for good morale.

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Monday, November 10, 2003 6:36 AM
I know of Leveson's work---she publishes in fields closely related to my own. She also has the reputation of being a straight-shooter with carefully-formed opinions. If she has good things to say about the maintenance process at DLR, that's all I need to know.

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Monday, November 10, 2003 6:40 AM
'We have to ride these rides to failure to save money,'
quote from Paul Pressler

Shnikees! What kind of logic was that! Compare to a (very roughly paraphrased) quote from Walt...

"If a ride part is designed to only fail 1 in a million times, and the ride gives 4 million rides a year, there's a problem"

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Monday, November 10, 2003 11:04 AM
Well, if it is coincidence then it is uncanny that these few but very public accidents have happened after the change in management philosophy concerning maintenance.

When I worked at WDW there was an assigned maintenance crew for the Jungle Cruise. There was always someone there working on boats not in service and they could get into the river with a maintenance boat if there was a breakdown. I understand that this isn't how it works anymore.

I am all for better business practices to save money but it is possible to go to far.

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Monday, November 10, 2003 12:31 PM
The Mole's avatar That was Paul! He had the mindset of a retailor, not a theme park runner. Frankly, I think his appointment to DLR Head and then Head of Disney Parks was one of the stupidest things that has happened in a while.

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Monday, November 10, 2003 9:52 PM
Walt himself said it best..."I'll take my chances with the public", and not for Wall Street investors. Disney is in too deep buying ABC and other bad investments. They recently sold the Anaheim Angels baseball team, and are trying to unload the Mighty Ducks hockey team. Walt never was interested in owning a television network (he was offered to buy ABC long ago and passed it up), and any sports teams.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2003 8:10 AM
Running rides to failure is not only negligent from a public and employee safety stand point, it is bad business from a maintneance cost stand point. If you wait until something breaks it costs you much more in both maintenance cost and downtime. And of course, if someone is injured, it costs you far more. If this is the best Disney can do for mangagement they might as well close the doors.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2003 9:31 AM
Jim, that guy is gone now. It seems Disney's filling their ranks with people who 'get it' again. The new guy in charge of Disneyland has been running the Cruise line business, which seems to be one of the few divisions of the company that was run by 'Walt' standards of quality and customer satisfaction.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2003 11:14 AM
An intersesting topic. Its hard to believe that DWMK would cut costs when it comes to safety. But whos really knows . If this is true (which I doubt,) It would be very sad. Risking lives for the all MIGHTY dallor doesnt seem to be in Disney Fashion.But costs are being cut in almost every bodies jobs, mine included. But when it comes to the safety and well being of ones life, thats a commpletely different matter.
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