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Unhappy Disney Workers in Hong Kong and China

12 Sep

Two news stories caught my eye today, technically unrelated but both datelined “Hong Kong”.

DIS News reports that Disney has been found to violate Chinese labor laws:

Workers at a Chinese factory making Disney toys are overworked, underpaid, exposed to dangerous toxins and forced to live in filthy conditions, a labour rights group said in a report Wednesday.

The EarthTimes reports that things aren’t all that much happier at Hong Kong Disneyland:

On top of its disappointingly low crowds, a survey conducted by the Disney Cast Members Union among 470 of the 5,000-odd staff found that 63 per cent were unhappy with management, complaining largely of unequal treatment and what they see as unfair work distribution.

More than 80 per cent of respondents said they wanted Hong Kong Disneyland to bring its labour practices in line with those at the Disney park in Florida, where staff can be accompanied by union officials at disciplinary hearings and have access to independent arbitration.

Disney vs. Nickelodeon: Battle of the Brands

28 Nov

The Orlando Sentinel has a story today about the brand competition between Disney and Nickelodeon, embodied in the Nick Hotel right outside WDW campus.

Though the Disney empire dwarfs Nickelodeon’s, Orlando marketing analyst Britt Beemer said even a giant like Disney needs to be on guard.

“If Dora the Explorer is the hot item for your children and Minnie Mouse isn’t, Disney has something to worry about,” Beemer said. “In this area, you are either right or dead. You are either the hunter or the hunted. The hotel in Disney’s backyard speaks to this. Nickelodeon knows its audience, and that audience is at Disney.”

The Nick Hotel also differs from Disney’s offerings in that it’s operated by a partner organization, Holiday Inn, and participates in the associated hotel points program (Disney’s Swan and Dolphin fit the former, but not the latter as far as I can tell). This may not sound like much, but it scores big with frequent business travelers like myself who rack up points during business travel and want to cash them in with the family. And Cosmo didn’t seem even the slightest bit threatened by my Mickey Mouse t-shirt.

Visiting with Cosmo

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