Abigail Disney not happy with workers’ conditions at theme park


INVOLVED, THERE’S A LOT OF SPECULATIVE ACTIVITY THAT IS JUMPY. NEIL: LET ME SWITCH GEARS TO DISNEY. ABIGAIL DISNEY, PART OF THE FOUNDING FAMILY, I GUESS SHE WENT UNDERCOVER AT DISNEYLAND TO SEE HOW WORKERS WERE BEING TREATED. NOT WELL, TO HER. IT’S A BAD REFLECTION ON THE COMPANY SHE SAYS DISPROPORTIONATELY PAYS ITS HONCHOS, INCLUDING BOB IGER, TOO MUCH.>>SHE REALLY BEAT UP ON BOB IGER. HE’S PAID MORE THAN $65 MILLION, MORE THAN 1,000 TIMES WHAT THE AVERAGE WORKER AT A THEME PARK, FOR EXAMPLE, IS GETTING PAID. ABIGAIL DISNEY IS REALLY SAYING THIS SHOULD BE ABOUT SORT OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS AND GOOD CONDITIONS. WE ARE HEARING THE SAME KIND OF STORIES FROM WORKERS AT AMAZON AS WELL. THIS IS A CONVERSATION THAT’S ONGOING. WE DO STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND SAY THIS IS THE BEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD TO LIVE IN, YET THERE DEFINITELY COULD BE MORE THAT IS DONE WHEN IT COMES TO CORPORATIONS — NEIL: THEY ARE ALREADY PAYING $15.>>THEY ARE PAYING IT.>>THEY SAID THEY ARE PAYING THEIR WORKERS $15 AND THEY HAVE PROGRAMS WHERE PEOPLE CAN HAVE CONTINUING EDUCATION AND REALLY GET INVOLVED, YOU KNOW, MOVE TOWARDS, YOU KNOW, HAVE MULTIPLE PROMOTIONS TOWARDS UPPER MANAGEMENT. THINK ABOUT WHERE DISNEY’S STOCK IS NOW. UNDER IGER’S TENURE, IT’S GONE UP FIVE TIMES. NEIL: IT’S MADE ABIGAIL RICH.>>WAS THAT IGER OR THE MARKET?>>HE WAS THE FIRST ONE TO HAVE ALL THAT CONTENT ON, YOU KNOW, NETFLIX AND HULU. HE DID A STRATEGIC DEAL WITH LUCAS FILMS, A STRATEGIC DEAL WITH FOX, WHICH IS THIS NETWORK, OWNED BY THIS NETWORK.

Industrial Engineering at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts



what inspires me everyday is knowing that our guests are waiting a long time to come here and saving up to have those precious memories with their families as an industrial engineer I get a look at where the attractions going to go how the guests are going to interact with it and what experience we want our guests to have one of my favorite things about working in the industrial engineering department is it we really focus on the collaborative as opposed to the competitive work environment so constantly I'm going back and forth and asking my counterpart who supports the other Park and saying how would you handle this situation and kind of brainstorm a lot of things together one thing that I love about the Industrial Engineering rotational program is in the past five years I've been able to support three very different client areas first I started off at Disney's textile services which is one of the largest laundries in the world next I went to Disney Cruise Line I was on the team that helped planned at the Disney Wonder relaunch in 2016 I looked at the guest experience both on board and at Disney's Castaway key and then planned for how we were going to change during the relaunch in Spain and then afterwards look at how guests were experiencing our beautiful new spaces now I support the master planning team that looks at the needs for the next 10 years at our part coming from the outside and starting work at Disney was a complete paradigm shift for me now I needed to get inside the guests head to understand their dynamics wants and needs I loved focusing and trying to find patterns and problem-solving mostly then once I found out about Disney it was really incredible that we could apply all of these problem-solving than that mindset and working with people to a theme park environment after my sophomore year I applied for an internship here that was a really incredible experience for me I just started full-time about a year and a half ago I think the greatest part about working here is that I'm sitting directly at a table with the vice president of the park with the GM's of all the park and they all know me by name and everything we do we want to give the guests that wow we want to completely immerse them in a new environment I got the opportunity to support so many different areas distribution horticulture textile services Disney Cruise Line all the parks entertainment Disney vacation planning Disney Spring and here I get to partner with all of these to keep pushing forward and deliver on industry trends everything that we do is telling a story we have so many numbers that we're always looking at and so what we do every single day is try to take these numbers and see how do we place this on a page to really tell a story and really make our point come across you're constantly focused on the guest experience like that's what it all comes back to we have our four keys here and it's safety courtesy show and efficiency and while efficiency is important at top of mine for me it's really not necessarily always going to be the most important thing so we're tying it back constantly to Walt's vision and what the guests experience ultimately will be in the end of the day this year I was very honored to be nominated by my peers to get the Legacy Award this embodies Walt's dream create and inspire every day I get a dream big with all my partners here to figure out what we want to provide for the guests and also to look at their experiences and create those memories I love that I'm part of teams that's looking into the future and using strategy and advanced analytics to come up with those products and the new attractions to make sure that they have a balanced and very fun experience here

Undercover investigation raises questions over businessman's projects



this is Gavin Woodhouse a financier who offers private investors a chance to put their money into his business ventures and has raised millions of pounds in the process one day somebody said put up or shut up and I saw the money my mouth is from multiple care homes to an adventure theme park called a fan valley launched with the support of Bear Grylls this is an amazing place where you can learn dynamic self rescue survival skills Woodhouse enjoys his life as a very successful entrepreneur but a guardian and ITV News investigation has found a multi-million pound black hole where investors money has vanished this is what we have discovered Woodhouse offer people the opportunity to buy a room in a care home in return the businessman promised yearly pay us and that he would buy back the room at above the original purchase price after 10 years giving investors the chance to more than double their money well we found that none of the four planned care homes are operational and three have never been built Vijay David Oz is a retired NHS surgeon and is one of the many who are worried about their money I feel angry at myself for letting myself into a project like this and I feel that I let down my wife and family in 2015 he and his wife invested four hundred and fifty thousand pounds in wood houses Clifton more care home development I'm really shocked to see that nothing has happened investors were told there had been huge progress with building this care home but the site remains undeveloped initially I think that intentions were good but after disturbing her trying to hide the truth and their telling more and more stories to cover up the problems so we decided to go undercover posing as a potential investor for his latest project to see what wood has had to say did you build then those two was a okay Woodhouse he's saying here he's misleading Woodhouse insists he was still build the care homes but if the care homes haven't been built where was all that money going we followed the trail a millions of pounds appear to have been sent to a company called MBI consulting a property management company that was 60% owned by Woodhouse before it went into administration last year having received the care home cash the money was transferred again and he nobody seems to know where we asked Richard kleiner the managing partner of city accounting firm Gerald Edelman to cast an independent eye over the accounts of the insolvent company essentially there are up to 15 million pounds of unaccounted for funds that apparently were at some point translated through this company and which were not there when it went into administration clearly the question is what happened to all that money where did it go it is still unclear where the care home funds are now meanwhile documents suggests that would house took 1.2 million pounds out of MBI consulting for a personal loan despite his track record building care homes Woodhouse is still trying to raise money from private investors for another project Apple Valley yeah yeah okay decline this time he's looking for up to 40 million pounds for his adventure theme park in South Wales our latest big growth survival Academy – Valley adventure resort Woodhouse has claimed his partners on a fan bar they include Jaguar Land Rover YouTube and go eight all three say there is no deal with Woodhouse or fm Valley in place this is what his lawyers had to say when confronted with our findings

Film Theory: The Cost of Disney's DARKEST Business!! (Pinocchio)



okay so everyone always thinks about Pinocchio's nose because it's quite literally right there in your face but have you ever considered this in order to keep standing Pinocchio would need to bend backwards significantly to balance out the added weight of that branch and eventually even the bird's nest at the end but look Pinocchio isn't leaning back at all to compensate which means that he must have some kind of counterbalance growing in his uh-oh hello Internet welcome to film theory the show that has no corporate strings to hold us down which is why we get to talk about things like child slavery and Disney films that's right today we're going all the way back to that Disney classic about the exploitation of child laborers in ochio now as a kid this movie just really provided me with years worth of Nightmare fuel I mean monstros mouth anyone children turning into literal work mules it's terrifying but looking back on it now Pinocchio actually raises a lot of questions like did people really just throw money during marionette shows like some kind of puppet strip club if people who go to Pleasure Island become jackasses are the other animals that we see throughout the movie also people core are they're just animals who actually do walk around as living creatures what about this Fox is awfully human what about Jiminy Cricket we haven't even gotten into the logistics of literally lighting a fire inside a whale sadly though all these questions are gonna have to wait for another day because today we are tackling everyone's favorite subject business specifically the business of Pleasure Island the bizarro 1940s bad boys utopia today's episode is all about the incredibly scary reality that Pleasure Island as we see it in the movie Pinocchio could have actually existed in real life I like to call this episode How to Succeed in child slavery Without Really Trying but first a recap because I can't assume that you guys have seen this Pinocchio is really old at this point I mean the kids nowadays tangled is probably like the furthest back they go and call it a Disney classic oh boy anyway this guy name Geppetto is a clock maker and a vaguely European disney-esque country around the turn of the century who makes a marionette named Pinocchio and then wishes for him to become a real boy boy the Blue Fairy comes down and grants his wish but in a pure dick move only grants the wish half way because apparently fairies can just do that for the lols I've given you life because night Geppetto wished for a real boy by a real boy no Pinocchio so instead of Pinocchio becoming a real boy he instead becomes a living puppet monster Geppetto wakes up sees that his marionette has come to life and like anyone would do in this situation goes back to sleep the next morning though he then shoves Pinocchio out the door saying hey you've existed for 12 hours now surely you can figure out school right on the way Pinocchio meets two Foxy swindlers Honest John foul fellow and Gideon who proceeded to swindle Pinocchio several times and doing multiple stupid things like becoming an actor until finally leaving with them to Pleasure Island along with a horde of kidnapped children once Pinocchio and the small army of young boys arrived at Pleasure Island did they drink Smok trash a mansion and destroy all the rides so basically they become the 1940s equivalent of team 10 every day bro but every good vacation has to come to an end and the boys start to regret all that indulgence when they start turning into literal dog games it's revealed that the big scheme behind the entirety of Pleasure Island is to transform boys into donkeys who are then sold off to work in salt mines while the owners of Pleasure Island to make themselves a hefty little profit or is there actually a profit to be had here at all this whole thing sounds so ridiculous and far-fetched is there any chance that kidnapping kids transforming them into donkeys and then selling them off to the highest bidder is actually a profitable business venture I mean look at this the kids destroy the amusement park so should the owners of Pleasure Island just scrap their half-assed plans or I guess in this case fully asked plans I just sell off the park to become yet another Six Flags no no they shouldn't child kidnapping and donkey sales are actually surprisingly profitable and I'm about to show you how aren't Disney episodes fun so the first question is how much is a donkey actually worth going by a coin now Dom's prices it seems like most jackasses today sell between $500 and $2,000 each unless of course you're an MTV branded jackass in which case you're worth two and a half million dollars since our child jackasses are certainly more intelligent than most will use the $2,000 per jackass price range you are a great talker you were like top dog since Pinocchio happens sometimes around the late 1800s or early 1900s as indicated by the ferris wheel first introduced in 1893 we're gonna adjust for inflation and estimate that each donkey is selling for about seventy six dollars in Pinocchio's time and just how many of these donkeys is the coachman able to sell off in a batch well to answer that we first need to know how many little boys he's gotten himself a bulldog the best way to estimate the total donkey load isn't actually to count the boys at pleasure island but rather it's to look at how they all got there this Mississippi style steamboat that transports all the boys to the island also tells us how many victims we're gonna be looking at passenger river boats of this size with three decks have an absolute max capacity of 2150 five people so given the Coachman's unscrupulous morals and lack safety records I mean just look at the kids falling between Ferris wheel cars we can assume that he's stuffing the maximum number of kids onto this thing as possible especially since children are so much smaller than adults and these boys aren't carrying any luggage so we're gonna subtract a standard 50 people to account for the boat crew of a steamer that large which leaves us with room for a whopping 2105 young boys it's truly a pretty horrifying level of evil that's going on here in Pleasure Island that's not even accounting for all the rampant racism and underage smoking so multiplying everything out we have 2100 for donkeys wheat minus 1 because Pinocchio escapes $76 each gives us one hundred and fifty nine thousand nine hundred and four dollars which might not seem like all that much but remember this is money way back at the turn of the century accounting for inflation the coachmen is looking to net a whopping four million two hundred eight thousand dollars that's four million of twenty eighteen dollars so things are looking pretty good for the old coachman here rights but the one thing that every businessman will tell you is that before you go walking off with your profits you need to start calculating your overhead and running pleasure island isn't a simple operation so we need to factor in the costs of two thousand boys drinking themselves under the table while destroying an entire amusement park as I pointed out earlier in just one night a boatload of boys managed to level Pleasure Island into a desolate hellscape it's like the world of Fallout what's worse than a nuclear apocalypse aw just two thousand young rambunctious boys lookin to scrap smoke and drink so how much is it costing the coachman to rebuild an entire amusement park every time they bring one of these boatloads over well initially I calculated out every little piece of wood and every glass pane broken in here but what I found out was that most of the repairs were actually just small items that ultimately didn't make that big of a difference on the bottom line at most we were looking at about a thousand dollars on tobacco which translates to about thirty-eight old-timey dollars and about two hundred inflation-adjusted dollars to restock the destroyed mansion with more old furniture for the boys to tear apart both of those numbers not nearly enough to hit the Coachman's bottom line the bigger ticket items though is where they get you namely the rides if we're running this business we're basically gonna need to replace the ferris wheel cars in the entirety of the carousel which looks like the central axis has actually been bent down the middle this all begs a completely separate question what kind of Hell beasts are these children I mean what would enable them to even be able to try bending a carousel in half and how many children did it take to accomplish that sort of thing or was it just one super kid maybe some solid steel marionette who's also on his way to becoming a real boy too anyway these are the expensive things to replace but when you actually run the numbers they don't wind up being all that expensive Ferris wheels are surprisingly cheap which is honestly kind of scary to think about as you dangle 40 feet in the air on one smaller used Ferris wheels cost as little as fifteen thousand dollars back in 2008 the Santa Monica Ferris wheel was put on sale on eBay for a mere $50,000 and it's worth noting that that Ferris wheel is both large and famous which is jacking up the cost so we're gonna assume that the coachman isn't feeling too spendy here and we'll go with that $15,000 estimate or 572 old timey adjusted dollars still nothing that's even close to making a dent into his total profits now the carousel is gonna run you a bit higher the cheapest option is from the carousel works for about three hundred and twenty thousand dollars or twelve thousand dollars in inflation-adjusted costs now they wouldn't have to buy a whole new carousel every time so long as the turntable still worked but from what I can tell in carousel terms that thing is totaled which means that the coachman is gonna be forking out twelve thousand dollars for a new merry-go-round every time he does one of these little trips so between the two major rides that need to be replaced with every new batch of kids plus all the smaller incidentals I mentioned the coachman is looking at about thirteen thousand dollars worth of operating costs which still leaves him with a hundred forty six thousand nine hundred four dollars or four million dollars of twenty eighteen money but the biggest cost here is actually still coming kidnapping the boys in the first place the coachman has to pay lowlife scum like Honest John with a big ol sack elude that we actually get to see this sack aleut is so big that it would be totally devastating to carry and ran calculations on the amount of gold this thing holds by comparing it to the size and capacity of a standard german beer stein which we see it lined up against in this shot it comes out to about nineteen hundred cubic inches of gold which converts to a whopping 1211 troy ounces or 83 pounds of gold don't you be forgetting about leg day coachman now this has got to be the amount of gold traded to fill the entire boat and this by far is the Coachman's largest expense per night coming in at 1 million six hundred thirty one thousand seven hundred eighty-five dollars and ninety three cents as of writing this script that converts to sixty three thousand one hundred seventy nine dollars in Pinocchios terms oh poor coachman look at all those human trafficking profits just melting away now our total earnings per boatload of boys has been sliced in half coming to about eighty three thousand seven hundred and twenty five dollars every time or a bit over two million now honestly that wouldn't be too bad of a profit for kidnapping two thousand children and selling them off as donkeys but we're still neglecting one huge consideration here this whole time we've just been assuming that Pleasure Island was just there but the park had to be built in the first place and building the park is gonna be a huge investment for any child kidnappers to be so let's look at the big-ticket items here first there's the cost of that swell rollercoaster even small steel cookie cutter roller coasters cost about five million dollars up front to build or about $190,000 in Pinocchios time that cost alone is more than one night could possibly earn at Pleasure Island so we know that this isn't the Coachman's first time at the rodeo he is truly talking from experience when he says why in order to make this business anywhere close to profitable he's gonna need more than one boatload of boys now add to that the cost of actually building the structures that we see on the park grounds including walls giant gate mansion a tower a pool hall slides and suddenly the costs start growing really fast luckily Pleasure Island is much smaller than most amusement parks having only a few rides and only intending to host about 2,000 guests at a time so we'll have to do some scaled estimates based on costs of other similarly sized parks luckily we can use the recent expansion of universals Diagon Alley for Harry Potter land a project that cost a reported four hundred million dollars to make now that four hundred million does include a hundred million for the escape from Gringotts ride so we'll have to knock that one off but that still leaves us with three hundred million dollars for one small section of a theme park even in Pinocchio's time that is a whopping eleven point four million dollars if Pleasure Island were even only the size of just that one small section of a park there would still be a huge amount of upfront costs in creating this business one that would take the coachmen years to recoup so this whole thing seems busted then writes with an upfront cost of 11.5 million dollars between the roller-coaster the park the other rides the employees 76210 dollars in costs every time the coachman brings in another batch and they completely trashed the place he would need to bring in a hundred and thirty nine boatloads of small boys to Pleasure Island before he would even start to turn a profit that translates to a whopping 292 thousand children it's gonna be impossible rights no no it's not the Coachman's main source of children during this time would have been orphans france kept remarkable records of child abandonment in the 19th century but they were basically the only country who did so we'll have to work off of their numbers France recorded about a hundred and sixty four thousand abandoned children annually in the mid-1800s and that's just one of many European nations the coachman and his goons could have been traveling if Italy and Spain had even half of those numbers the coachman could have shockingly made his money back in less and a year from only the abandoned children of three European countries going into year two it's actually conceivable that he could have been running the most profitable enterprise in all of Europe while most other countries would have had no idea because they weren't even keeping records of orphans and why how was he able to do this why are there so many parentless children walking around because of all the wars happening in europe during this era most of these orphans were children whose parents had died in the war those are the children that we see the coachmen snatching up and reselling in an unbelievable twist the supply of abandoned children during this time period in this part of the world was so incredibly high that the coachman could have actually pulled off kidnapping and reselling 292,000 children making it one of the most heinous and cold-blooded acts in history this is the truly horrifying levels of evil that we see at play in Pinocchio and worst of all the coachman totally gets away with it in the movie old-school Disney is pretty hardcore but Pinocchio is especially brutal because in this case we never see any kind of justice served to any of the villains in this film in our quote unquote good ending the only one we see getting rescued is Pinocchio he's the only one all of the other 2,000 children that we see enter Pleasure Island that we actually watch get transformed into donkeys all of them don't escape all of them don't have a Blue Fairy protecting them all of them get sold off into the salt mines to the highest bidder and the coachman and Honest John and Gideon are all left to run their business for another day just think about that next time you hear Jiminy Cricket talking about wishing upon a star I know about three hundred thousand kids who'd like another crack at their wish but hey that's just a theory a film theory and apropos to nothing I think everyone deserves a chance to watch the first five seconds of Pinocchio in outer space the adventure Europe is based on a true portrayal of outer space [Applause] you