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  • Who was Paul Pressler and what did he have to do with Disneyland?

    I'm kinda new to the behind the scenes things at Disneyland--In many I've read and heard Paul Pressler is mentioned. Who is he and what did he do to Disneyland? It seems that he isn't liked very much! Please Help me Fill in this gap in Disney history!!!

  • TrojanSkippa
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    Originally posted by FigmentJedi
    Paul Pressler was a evil being created by the evil sorceror known by some as Judge Doom.
    You know, I've often wondered wjat it would have been like to see Paul Pressler become the cartoon character we always knew he was. Like Doom at the end of Roger Rabbit.

    Paul Pressler:
    When I dreamed up California Adventure...(his voice growing squeakier with every word) I talked just(pause) like(pause) thisssssssss!

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  • Sambo
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    Pressler was indeed the worst thing that has happened to Disneyland - ever...

    I must disagree with those who think Paul Pressler is anything remotely resembling a good retailer. Sure he expanded the Disney Stores. Why did they fail? Primarily because they offered crap. Ask former employees (excuse me, cast members - yeah right) of the stores what they thought. I used to buy Disney items, but stopped when all that was available were slave-labor manufactured plush characters from animated features that were not all that good to begin with. He pushed the trinkets to an all-time low. Sure, they sold in the park - people want souvenirs. But the stores expanded until they collapsed under the weight of market glut - something I don't think he ever understood. He closed the unique stores in the park because they were not as "profitable". He never understood that their presence contributed greatly to the magic and that experience is golden. Short term-thinking nearly did to the park what the poorly maintained attractions did to guests... And yes - real merchandisers understand vision and long-term thinking, but only if they want their operation to be around in ten or more years. The retailers with no vision are in it for the maximum they can take and move on - not caring about what scorched earth they leave behind. This was Paul Pressler, and to a similar extent - Eisner himself.

    As a shareholder I am most offended because I see Paul Pressler's reign as a reverse mortgage. Sure we got some extra capital out when times were lean, but at the end you no longer have the assets that got you the money in the first place. The man was selling the seed corn... I'm happy to see him gone both in my role as a guest and as a shareholder. Eisner is next.

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  • cellarhound
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    Originally posted by Giant Panda
    Give the man some credit. The ANAHEIM Angels won the world series on his watch ......
    Of course they were for sale at the time...

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  • Giant Panda
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    Give the man some credit. The ANAHEIM Angels won the world series on his watch ......

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  • Cousin Orville
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    How many orange T shirts and fleece can you have in your life? I think it's sooooo funny when they announce suede, the button down shirt, or denim in a really serious way as a fresh new idea you MUST run out and get.

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  • Mr. Eggz
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    Originally posted by Mr. Eggz
    He only sets short term goals. Wait a few years, I bet GAP will fall apart. The man has no vision.
    Based on the Motley Fool article and the CNN article, perhaps it has started already. I do agree that less innovation is reqired to run a retail outlet than a much-loved theme park, but I think his short-sighted style will get him in the end. I just can't belive that selfish behavior will breed success.
    Last edited by Mr. Eggz; 03-10-2005, 08:19 PM.

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  • travelmom
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    You are right Orcatime, but They do deserve our cheers and undying praises right now just for saving the park before it crumbled to the ground.

    The serious accidents that have taken lives, and severely injured others can all be traced back to maintinence or lack of training. It caused over forty years of public faith in the company to be shaken to its foundation. That is the legecy of Paul Pressler.

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  • WDI
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    Originally posted by cellarhound
    In the news today, the Gap just posted it's returns... and all though there is a 3 percent improvement in their shareholder returns... Sales are slumping... (We've seen this before right?)

    Below are two links for those of you who would like to like to keep track on how BAD a manager he continues to be...

    http://www.fool.com/News/mft/2005/mft05022504.htm

    http://money.cnn.com/2005/02/23/news...0/Gap/?cnn=yes

    Cell,

    Sounds like a good time to start the slash and burn philosophy Pressler loves so much.
    Expand, Expand, Expand - OOPS !!! CUT CUT CUT!!!

    I am glad reason and sense has been restored to the Disney Parks Hierarchy.

    Long live the King!!! - Hail to The King of Disneyland - Matt Quimet.

    WDI

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  • WDI
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    Beware of the Evil One ! The Dark Sith Lord of Disney!

    Originally posted by imagineer boy
    Paul Pressler was by far the most notoriouse and evil executive The Walt Disney company has ever hired. He was even worse than Eisner, which is saying alot. He was the President of the Disneyland resort for a few years in the ninties. He made several un needed budget cuts that slashed the resort. Lack of maintenence, paint peeling, and poor quality products all resulted from the budget cuts. ya know how bad the tomorrowland rehab turned out? Yep, all because of his close budgets. Also as a result, the sailing ship columbia was left un maintained for years, and then the wood became so rotten, that on rope snapped and flew into the heads of a few people on the deck, killing them. THis was the first ever Disney caused accident in the history of Disney theme parks. And what does Eisner do? He PROMOTES him to president of all Disney parks in general. All parks suffered under his wrath. And DL suffered even more under the reighn of the mistress of all evil, Cynthia Harrisssssssssssssssssssssssssss. Now he's gone for good working at GAP. Now, the great Matt Ouimet has replaced him and is twice the president Paul Pressler will ever be.
    You speak of the unholy Sith Lord of Disneyland. Darth Presslerous, he was of the mind that people came to Disney Parks for the Merchandise !!!

    those silly characters and those ride thingy's were purely secondary attractions in his book.

    Take a look at the park today and his wrath can still be seen - He even tried to Kill Indy Jones before it was built. Thankfully the money was already allocated.

    Good riddance I say, may not another Disneyland manager stray to the Dark side of the force. I think Eisner was his Father. "this is a fully functioning Death Star"

    Hail Matt "Skywalker" Quimet and Greg "Solo" Emmer for restoring order and promise to the universe.

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  • Club 33
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    :bow: Hail Matt Ouimet, the savior of Disneyland!:bow:

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  • sediment
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    Hey, Sarah Jessica Parker costs a lot of money.
    I don't do GAP, but I do buy a few $5, 4-July t-shirts at Old Navy every year. I even bought a $5 St Pat's Day shirt.

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  • cellarhound
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    In the news today, the Gap just posted it's returns... and all though there is a 3 percent improvement in their shareholder returns... Sales are slumping... (We've seen this before right?)

    Below are two links for those of you who would like to like to keep track on how BAD a manager he continues to be...

    http://www.fool.com/News/mft/2005/mft05022504.htm

    http://money.cnn.com/2005/02/23/news...0/Gap/?cnn=yes

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  • larry_poppins
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    Not only did Pressler and La Harrissssss break the hearts of Disneyland fans. They were responsible for deaths on the Columbia and Big Thunder Mountain due to their irresponsible maintenance policies.

    Consequently, I have not shopped at a Banana Republic, Gap, or Old Navy store since they arrived.

    Larry Poppins

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  • Whatever
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    Originally posted by Mr. Eggz
    I've noticed many very intellegent people comment that they think Mr. Pressler is a good merchandiser. But I do not think this is true. The Gap is doing well, just like the Disney Stores when he started there, and just like DL when he started there. He only sets short term goals. Wait a few years, I bet GAP will fall apart. The man has no vision.
    I don't know, in retail it's all about short term goals. What's hot this season, etc. THere is a lot less infrastructure to worry about compared to a theme park. I tend to think he'll be successful.
    Originally posted by sediment
    And, whenever I read that Eisner forced out all these great people from Disney, and Pressler's name included, I just want to fire off a missive to the author. I never do, though, since it's over and he's gone.
    This is what bothers me about that new book. It's more about everything else except Disneyland's demise.
    I believe that Eisner did force some folks out, if not directly, then indirectly. I agree that he didn't force Pressler out though.

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  • cellarhound
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    Originally posted by sediment
    And, whenever I read that Eisner forced out all these great people from Disney, and Pressler's name included, I just want to fire off a missive to the author. I never do, though, since it's over and he's gone.
    This is what bothers me about that new book. It's more about everything else except Disneyland's demise.

    I think he'll be at GAP a lot longer than you think, Mr Eggz. Vision doesn't seem to be all that necessary at that company. You sell stuff, and you make money. You don't sell, and you don't make money. How much vision is required?
    Well it scares me when they float Pressler's name for the CEO... I think that is the LAST thing you want to send to the CM's and to those of us who love the parks...

    I hope he stays with the Gap... Retail suits him... Old Navy needs him... Shop at the Gap, keep Pressler away... :devil:

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  • sediment
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    And, whenever I read that Eisner forced out all these great people from Disney, and Pressler's name included, I just want to fire off a missive to the author. I never do, though, since it's over and he's gone.
    This is what bothers me about that new book. It's more about everything else except Disneyland's demise.

    I think he'll be at GAP a lot longer than you think, Mr Eggz. Vision doesn't seem to be all that necessary at that company. You sell stuff, and you make money. You don't sell, and you don't make money. How much vision is required?

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  • Mr. Eggz
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    Paul Pressler is very charismatic and very smart, but also very selfish. He made choices to improve DLR's bottom line in the short term (cutting maintenance) that ended up hurting its long term health. This was consistant with his personal goals. When things started to go bad at Disney, he jumped ship.

    I've noticed many very intellegent people comment that they think Mr. Pressler is a good merchandiser. But I do not think this is true. The Gap is doing well, just like the Disney Stores when he started there, and just like DL when he started there. He only sets short term goals. Wait a few years, I bet GAP will fall apart. The man has no vision.

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  • Whatever
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    Originally posted by sediment
    Pressler is best in an element where the cost of goods sold is known (for the most part), and where more sales means more profit (as long as the price is a profitable one). His major undoing was pushing an item for which the costs are relatively unknown.
    I agree completely. Contrary to popular belief I don't think Paul was evil, or stupid. He just didn't understand Disneyland. If you don't truly understand something, you shouldn't be in charge of it. He is by all accounts a tremendously talented retailer. He let the maintenance at DL slide, closed rides, added retail in favor of new rides, cut corners on the second gate. I could go on and on. The point is that these tactics make all kinds of sense in the retail world, which is what he knows. They do not translate to running a theme park. (They translate to ruining a theme park)

    The ultimate blame is on Eisner. He put Paul in that position and left him there way too long.

    Paul Pressler: wrong place, wrong time.
    Michael Eisner: Evil Incarnate.

    Originally posted by s8ntmark
    Pressler is the one whos brick is always destroyed in the front of the park
    I don't suppose Eisner has a brick, does he? I have my eye on a new jackhammer at Home Depot...

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  • sediment
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    Originally posted by Cousin Orville
    I must say that every time I saw Pressler in an interview he was really nice and very Disney. People that worked for him really loved him. I think whoever said he was out of his realm was right. The Gap is doing good i think. He seemed very zealous and charismatic.
    Pressler is best in an element where the cost of goods sold is known (for the most part), and where more sales means more profit (as long as the price is a profitable one). His major undoing was pushing an item for which the costs are relatively unknown.

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