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Disney’s Vacation Club

Published May 15, 2012 by flaviacoria

The Disney Company has fascinating was of attracting its tourist; I was captivated by the Disney’s Vacation Club. I was staying up late one night watching television, after 12 am usually you have the commercials that sell costumers things. As I was changing channels, I crossed by the Disney Vacation Club so I decided to see what it was. I felt I was watching a movie because throughout this video, three families share their family experiences at any Disney destination using the club. They all looked extremely happy; I actually envied them because I wanted to stay where they were staying at. The concept of this Vacation Club is through a rewards point system. Although the prices were not mentioned on the commercial, I went online and I found out the prices, a One-Time purchase price is $20,800! If this is too expensive, you can do $869.70 per year (every year prices might change). In a way, it is a perfect gift for the family. I would do this when I get older and have a well-paying job but now I don’t think so.

Apparently, you are able to travel all over the world and visit exotic places where Disney has sister hotels and destinations. One of the families took their family to London, England; another one went to the newest Disney destination Aulani, Ko Olina, Hawai`i.

At the website, one of the members said,

“Being Disney Vacation Club Members is a great value for us. We’ve put numbers down on paper to see how we can best spend our vacation dollars, and we always find that [it] was the best way to do it.”

— The Hernandez Family —

Miami Lakes, FL

Members since 1994

Because this program works through a point system, you can accumulate your points for the next year or borrow and have an amazing vacation. The resorts are not a 2 star hotel, this are amazing, over the top hotels. So if you would like more information about Disney’s Vacation Club, please go to their website which will automatically tell you to call the (888) 442-7952 or even better, get the Free DVD so you can enjoy the great perks of being a Disney Vacation Club Member.

 

Fireworks Part II

Published May 1, 2012 by flaviacoria

Chemicals from fireworks harm the planet

Since 1956, Disneyland has had fireworks creating pollution affecting the environment and human beings health. Disneyland has always seemed to be the perfect place on earth where no harm is being done or the other way, it doesn’t cause any harm. This has changed; Disneyland is not welcomed by its neighbors any longer. The loud noise torments some of the neighbors, forcing them to put thick windows to block the noise or move away from the city. After many complaints to the city of Anaheim, there seems no way out. The beautiful lights produced by fireworks are a menace for the residents of Anaheim which some fear for their lives. There are dozens of articles about firework pollution but it seems as though Disney is passing all assessments—not breaking the law. In Hong Kong, a similar situation has occurred where the environmental committee is analyzing how Disneyland is causing an effect on the residents there.

No more fireworks?

On March 19, 1985, Los Angeles Times wrote an article of whether or not the council should ban fireworks not at Disneyland but in the city of Anaheim. One of the council women said regarding Disneyland’s fireworks, “That’s entirely separate. It’s done by professionals. Nobody has complained about that. Professional displays are fine, everybody likes them and you don’t have the accident factor.” As this turns out, this is not true, Disneyland has had several accidents with its fireworks display and a recent one occurred not long ago. On December 22, 2011 an employee was organizing all the fireworks for the show that was to follow that night however; one of the fireworks exploded which caused for the man ending up at the hospital because he claimed his ears were hurting. Disneyland canceled the firework display for several days after the incident and started the running display once again on December 30th.Reading articles like that only makes me think of all the things Disney hides from the public. Even if fireworks are done by professionals, fireworks still can cause serious side effects on humans. We all know how we can get burned by lighting up fireworks at home, but these fireworks being done are not firecrackers, these are aerial fireworks meaning the noise it creates is similar to a bomb going off. This can cause serious side effects including losing the ability to hear on one side of the ear. The residents of Anaheim are not happy about their neighbor and it does not help when their neighbor is a multi billionaire with very expensive lawyers. In Los Angeles Times (2010), “Last year, one resident sued Anaheim in federal court, saying that by holding hundreds of fireworks displays at the park each year, the city was violating federal water pollution laws. The suit was dismissed, but residents remained concerned about environmental issues.”I just don’t understand if Disneyland is violating so many health codes, how come something is not being done about it? Are they paying off the city officials who regulate such environmental issues or are the neighbors complaining because they are tired being next to a place that attracts millions of people every year? The residents are tired of the noise however there is nothing that Disneyland could do about it because they will never stop showing the firework display. After all, that is one of their biggest reasons to why some people come to the theme park. Although it cost about $30,000 for each display, Disneyland is not being friendly to its neighbors. Fireworks can really harm the environment and according to  www.backcountryattitude.com,

“The smoke from fireworks consists mainly of fine toxic dusts (particulate matter) that can easily enter the lungs. This represents a real threat for people with asthma or multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). Smoke from fireworks combustion may contain a mixture of sulfur-coal compounds, traces of heavy metals, and other toxic chemicals or gases. The combustion cloud can contain harmful fumes such as ozone, sulfur dioxide and nitric oxide.”

Sea creatures are being harmed by fireworks

All these chemicals also land in our water from rivers to oceans, Anaheim for example is very close to the ocean and the firework fallout could harm the sea life. I don’t blame the residents of Anaheim for being upset regarding all the possible health and environmental concerns that fireworks can cause however; I want Disneyland to find and use new technology for fireworks where they are not causing harm to its residents and to the environment. If people are complaining about the noise where they cannot sleep because it is extremely loud and their beloved pets are terrified to death, then why can’t Disneyland put sound walls around the park to eliminate as much noise as possible?Now Disney started to use new pyrotechnics’ which mean when they do a firework display, they do not use gun powder and according to about.com on environment issues they said, “Not usually known for championing environmental causes, the Walt Disney Company has pioneered new technology using environmentally benign compressed air instead of gunpowder to launch fireworks. Disney puts on hundreds of dazzling fireworks displays every year at its various resort properties in the U.S. and Europe, but hopes its new technology will have beneficial impact on the pyrotechnics industry worldwide. The company has made the details of new patents it has filed for the technology available to the pyrotechnics industry at large with the hope that other companies will also green up their offerings.”

Disneyland without pollution

Although the battle will continue to grow about the noise being made by this big corporate giant, Disneyland to me is still my favorite place in the whole wide world. I love the firework display and I am glad I was able to learn more about the dark side of the park however, I still support the residents of Anaheim for their cause to stop the loud noise. I think everyone needs to come together and get off their high horses to settle this matter, Disneyland needs to protect its residents, therefore; Disneyland should install either walls to block the noise or install areas where the energy can go to around the park in order for the sound to find an escape route instead on the neighbors.

 

(This blog was edited May 4, 2012)

A look at the past: Walt Disney

Published March 31, 2012 by flaviacoria

Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse

Imagine a world where no one knew who Mickey Mouse was or Disneyland. Imagine a world with no princesses or prince charming. Imagine your favorite cartoon characters never existed, who would you be today? Imagine going to a store and only seeing boring toys for kids, imagine you being a kid and playing dress up, but not as a princess. All of our ideas of “happily ever after” and “dreams do come true” come from one source which changed the lives of children all over the world. The man in charge for our big imaginations and magic is Walt Disney, the creator of the biggest and most popular theme park in the world, Disneyland. Disney also created our favorite characters who we can’t even dream about if they weren’t in our childhood; like Mickey and Mini Mouse, Cinderella, Snow White, and Jasmine. After looking at his daughter play at a playground, Disney wanted to create a fun place where kids and parents could have fun together. Through his imagination, Disney created Disneyland. Disney found the perfect location in Anaheim, California because,

 “He needed space to build rivers, waterfalls, and mountains; he would have flying elephants and giant teacups; a fairy-tale castle, moon rockets, and a scenic railway; all inside a magic kingdom he called “Disneyland.” –JustDisney.com

All Disney Princesses

The acres Disney bought were filled with orange trees which had to be demolished. The construction began in 1954 and 12 months later, Disneyland opened. One of the hottest days recorded that year in Anaheim, Disneyland open admitting only 6,000 people. Unfortunately, one person decided to counterfeit a ticket and created a living disaster at the park. Disney’s first plans of Disneyland included having real animals at Adventureland; however, it was not possible, instead they had to make the animals come to life. Tomorrowland, where it is focused only the future because tomorrow is always changing he said;

                                “Tomorrow can be a wonderful age. Our scientists today are opening the doors of the Space Age to achievements that will benefit our children and generations to come. . .The Tomorrowland attractions have been designed to give you an opportunity to participate in adventures that are a living blueprint of our future.”

                                                -Walt Disney

Many of the attractions at Disneyland placed a sense of being in another world.  From Frontierland to Fantasyland, Disney thought of every detail and how the park was going to operate. After all the hard work, Disney also added one of the greatest characters in the world, Mickey Mouse. If you go to Disneyland, you have to take a picture with Mickey Mouse because not only does it complete the whole experience but makes you feel joyful. Throughout the park, one can also see the different characters we grew to love since we were little. In a way, Disneyland is a place where your favorite characters come to life. All of this affected our uprising because we were influenced not only by the Disney’s characters but also visiting Disneyland as children with our parents. For me, I think Disneyland and Mickey Mouse were Walt Disney’s legacy which will live in our hearts for the rest of our lives.

Walt Disney's Legacy

Propaganda

Published March 17, 2012 by flaviacoria

Disneyland LogoFor this blog post, I am going to focus primarily on some ways tourists are attracted to Disneyland. Now, imagine yourself at the Disneyland Park Resort in Anaheim, California. It is 8:00 am and you hear people laughing, children excited that you can even see it on their faces. The warm Southern California breeze touches your skin softly that for a moment you close your eyes. You are standing in line to go inside the park, as the line moves forward, so do you. Your ticket gets scanned and you enter the Rose Garden. All of a sudden you see all the cast members saying “Welcome to Disneyland!”. You enter Main Street and as soon as you look straight ahead, you see the Sleeping Beauty Castle. Your heart starts to pump super fast as you smell the warm coffee and the cattle corn being made. Your heart is filled with complete joy as you watch everything around you. You continue to walk through Main Street and you are able to see Tommorrowland, Fantasyland and Adventureland not far away. As you are walking, you turn left, “Adventureland” reads the sign, and you know adventure is waiting for you with the Jungle Cruise and Indiana Jones. (This was an example of what you could experience at the park, even more so if you are there in person because it’s hard to explain all the feelings one will experience in words).

All of these feelings are part of the Disneyland experience. Tourists are attracted to places where they can relax and actually have fun. The Disneyland Resort provides a variety of great accommodations for its guests. Starting with the theme park itself to the luxurious Resort with a lot of fun things to do for adults and children, Disneyland provides an excellent experience from start to finish. The Disney Company for the “2011 Fiscal year earned revenue of $40.9 Billion” just by having tourists come to their parks. For me, what is difficult to understand is, how can a Resort attract so many tourists from all over the world? Well, Disneyland especially taking place here in California, can attract its tourist through billboards and commercials, even including their advertisements through sweepstakes on radios. An example of how much the Disney Company spent in one year on advertisement, Scott Christ wrote on eHow.com, “Walt Disney Co. is an entertainment and media conglomerate that spent $2 billion on advertising in 2009. Disney has brands like Walt Disney Pictures, Disney Video and the television networks ESPN and ABC.”
One of the center pieces of advertisement is having Billboards. A billboard is a large display usually made out of paper which stands out to advertise some type of company or product. The Disney Company puts up these billboards usually in areas where there are a lot of people in order to get their attention. In my neighborhood, there are about 9 billboards promoting Disneyland. An interesting experience is when someone sees those billboards every day; they tend to get this idea in their heads that they must go. Billboards displays to me are like having sticky notes written around your house to remind you of chores or important things you have to do.

Second, commercials are the ultimate way of attracting people to a place and no one does it better than the Disney Company promoting Disneyland. One of the reasons why commercials are such a great tool is because not only does it show pictures of Disneyland but it provides a mini video for people to enjoy and actually picture or imagine themselves there. Usually when we see a commercial of Disneyland it contains brief price information, a happy family, upbeat music, and the perfect family vacation.

Now why are these people attracted to the park just by looking at these images? For one, people want to feel a sense of euphoria; second, they get all hyped up for the vacation which they tend to imagine the perfect place for the family to be at; third, people want to feel like they are part of something bigger and do not want to be left out. The Disney Company has amazing tricks up their sleeves to get our individual attention and to imagine ourselves creating happy memories. I think the Disney Company does an excellent job at demonstrating to us how artistic their displays are and mainly I actually like the way they catch people’s attention. While others may disagree with me, I feel the Disney Company does an excellent job at emphasizing their product (Disneyland) through advertisements.

This blog post edited on April 8, 2012

Gas vs. Traveling

Published February 26, 2012 by flaviacoria

       Disneyland is one of the most beautiful landmarks and theme parks to see in the United States. Almost every year, I drive from the Bay Area to Anaheim, this year; I am second guessing whether or not I should go. What people are worried about are gas prices for those who have to travel, not including ticket prices at Disneyland. In the past, the ticket for one day entrance to Disneyland and California Adventures were not a bad price, today it is worse. My concerns with all of this are gas prices and how it is going to impact tourists who are traveling by car. What I don’t understand is why it is really expensive for people to go to Disneyland? Shouldn’t Disney keep prices lower since gas prices are going to hit $5 per gallon by this summer? I think so; it would benefit its customers which would benefit the businesses and hotels around Disneyland and not to mention the park. However, Disney’s Company Chief Financial Officer, Jay Rasulo said, “even in other trips, non-Disney trips, the price of gasoline plays such a small role in the overall cost of even a drive vacation that it tends not to derail somebody’s vacation plans.” Rasulo may think that, but I think it would be nice for the park to lower some of their prices such as food inside the park or even souvenirs. In a YouTube video, Tom Smith, a labor and finance expert at Emory University said, “he expects people to hit the roads but not much travel overseas.” Also stated in his video, he said people may not plan for long term travel but rather last minute vacations.

Gas prices could scare traveling plans this summer

Even though the economy is improving nevertheless gas is rising, people are starting to have more jobs; therefore they may feel optimistic and are willing to save some money to take their families to Disneyland.  Even though there are a lot of sites that have cheap ways to spend a vacation at Disneyland, such as, Mousesavers.com, however; it still comes out to be a lot of money and gas is one of those expenses along with food. Although Disneyland has great promotions, at times they tend to be during the semesters where everyone is at work or at school; and people may not be able to enjoy those special offers such as ‘Leap Year’ or the ‘3 Day Park Hopper for $199’. One of the reasons why people may not be able to enjoy such great promotions are either they tend to take place at the middle of the week, like “Leap Year” or with the “3 Day Park Hopper”, it ends May 28, 2012. Students, who are not in college, tend to end school in June, not May. Families who think this promotion is a great deal will not be able to go due to date conflictions.  If Disneyland wanted to make more money and bring more tourists for summer time, they should have extended the promotion as well lower some prices around the park as a compensation for those who have to travel long and far. It is nice to know that they have promotions because it compensates for the gas prices but I wish they would extended for longer, so that all of us could enjoy it.

Crowded Disneyland

Gas will not stop us from having fun

After doing research about theme parks and reading through comments of tourist traveling to places such as Disneyland, msn.com said, “so long as the U.S. economy continues to improve, more drivers will be on the road this summer.” Which then lead us to people not really caring about gas prices, I presume, and will travel this summer. In the long haul, yes, gas prices are high and ticket prices are high as well but it is worth it. Regardless of gas prices, people from all over the world will still go to Disneyland and so will I.

Disneyland Helps Economy

Published February 16, 2012 by flaviacoria

President Obama made a speech on January 20th, 2012 in regards to tourist coming to the US. Well what does this mean for my favorite place in the whole world, Disneyland? Well it puts pressure on businesses but like Disneyland, the park will have to try to get as many people to go as they can. If you have ever been to Disneyland, you know that the months throughout the summer are the worst of the year because its super hot and extremely crowed with people from all over the world. When President Obama made a speech in Disney World, Orlando, Florida, I think he was trying to get the people of the United States of America to be active in the fact that when it comes to tourist and we need to make it to be friendly and an inviting place. One way how Disneyland and the surrounding area is doing this is, by having a “One More Day” where both parks are going to be open for 24hrs, but on top of that Disneyland has this amazing deal for 3 days at both parks for $199, now this is amazing because you get to fully enjoy the park over the course of three days and can enjoy all the rides, fun stores, shows and watch people pass by. For those who have never been to Disneyland, it is a great opportunity because there is so much to see and do!

Tourist mean everything to Disneyland, but how does Disneyland impact the work force or the economy? Well this is what President Obama said, “I want America to be the top tourist destination in the world,” he stated. “The more folks who visit America, the more Americans we get back to work. It is that simple.”

So to respond to this, the more people work or the more who have work, the better we are off. At times it is easier said than done and to achieve this, it means that people have to be willing to spend money. While I was looking at blogs and news sites, I found this on MarketMAPS.com which they have a blog and  said, “Disney’s plans for renovation and expansion of California Adventure park will create up to 2,300 permanent jobs by the end of 2012.”

This brings great news to all of us but to also the people of Anaheim because they depend on Disneyland to bring money and business to their city. So is Disneyland contributing? Off course they are, they will need to hire construction workers and customer service representatives to make all of us happy and continue to build amazing things to come! Tourist from all over the world will make Disneyland a must stop which if we have tourist here then we will have money being generated. In other words, whatever decisions Disneyland makes about expanding or so forth, it will affect those who travel to Disneyland and aswell as the citizens of Anaheim.

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Published February 2, 2012 by flaviacoria

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