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Old 03-11-2009, 12:55 PM   #1
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MF out D23 in?

I don't know if these things are related at all . . . but Mousefest disappears only moments before D23 and its Expo are announced? Conspiracy theorists have at it!
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Interesting - I never really thought about it that way.
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I look at them as two completely different groups/avenues. D23 is the Disney company. Mousefest was a group of independent Disney lovers who were coming together. I don't think it's related at all!
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Unless one side admits it....I guess we will never know for sure. Does seem like quite a coincidence tho.
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neither side will admit to something that's not true. Dave posted on mousefest.org exactly what happened with it this year. I imagine he's plenty busy enough with the passporter thing.

D23 isn't looking to replace anyone. It would have the opposite effect of what they're going for. both marty sklar and dave smith have gone on the record that they will continue to support groups like the NFFC.
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There's definitely no connection between MouseFest's hiatus and D23. Please, send the conspiracy theorists somewhere else.

It's really hard to know whether D23 will hurt or help NFFC and events like MouseFest. On one hand, it seems to be competition. On the other hand, as I learned long ago, people tend to take their vacations when they prefer to go on vacation. Folks who like to go to WDW in October generally don't switch their vacation time to be at WDW in early December, and vice versa. In both cases, special events (NFFC Orlando convention in October, MouseFest and/or other community meets in December) tend to be the icing on the cake - events that can draw a good crowd because Disney is already drawing a special crowd (Food and Wine Festival in October, holiday merriment in early December).

I suspect that the D23 convention will draw a crowd that is mostly separate from those that head to WDW in the fall - a good number of folks from Southern California, plus those of us willing to travel long distances simply because we can't resist what Disney is dishing out.

Will it hurt NFFC? It could hurt their July convention in Anaheim, but it's more likely that Disney, with all it's marketing muscle and cachet, will draw a huge number of people that never joined NFFC or attended its convention, while NFFC will continue to do what it does for its loyal membership (perhaps with some "tweaks" to make its convention distinctly different from what Disney's doing). In the end, as often happens when a big company puts huge promotional resources behind a "product," the overall market for the product will expand, and all the smaller fish may actually benefit from the larger pool of potential attendees. Folks may very well join NFFC to get even more of what they get from D23. The "little guys" are often able to find special niches that the big guys are too big to address (or care about).

If you've watched the development of Disney fan events over the past five years or so, you probably recognize that there has already been a substantial increase in interest in meets and conventions. As MouseFest grew, additional, similar events started to come together at other times of the year. None of them seem to have "competed" in any serious way - if anything, each seems to have paved the way for greater attendance at every other event. It became more of... "My friends had a great time at MouseFest, so I bet Magic Meets is going to be a blast!" (and vice versa).

I suspect it'll also be a whole lot like the Birnbaum's Guide vs. Unofficial Guide "thing." Folks love to get the official word from Disney, but they also love to be independent-minded when it comes to corporate behemoths. So, a lot of folks buy both of those books (and, of course, a certain blue-covered guidebook, too).

I guess all we can do is wait and see.
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neither side will admit to something that's not true. Dave posted on mousefest.org exactly what happened with it this year. I imagine he's plenty busy enough with the passporter thing.

D23 isn't looking to replace anyone. It would have the opposite effect of what they're going for. both marty sklar and dave smith have gone on the record that they will continue to support groups like the NFFC.
I didn't say that it was or was not true. I merely said that if it were, unless one side admits to it, we will never know. It makes no real difference to me one way or the other.
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I was just curious, thanks for the official response Dave!
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Folks love to get the official word from Disney, but they also love to be independent-minded when it comes to corporate behemoths.
Well said, Dave!

I'm totally in love with all things Disney, but sometimes the "velvet handcuffs" chafe.

What I think is terrific about MouseFest is that we all come together from disparate cultures, backgrounds, affiliations and -- without much Corporate Disney involvement -- we celebrate what we love about The Mouse, each other, and our respective communities.
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