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‘Destination: Disney’ Interview: Tom Staggs Talks the Disney Dream with Samantha Brown

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Last month, we gave you a first look at the Destination: Disney video series on Disney Online featuring an interview with Bob Iger talking about innovation and technology on the Disney Dream. Today, there’s more to share. This time, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman, Tom Staggs talks about the “Disney Difference” aboard the Dream:


  • Walts original idea was a place where families can play together. In all the biographies I’ve read he talks about sitting and waiting at the Merry-Go-round for his daughters and wishing for a place where the family can have mutual fun and experiences. This is a reason I love the parks but hesitate to take a cruse. I don’t drink so lounges have no appeal to me. I also have an 18 year old special needs daughter. I can’t drop her off in the play areas, she is too old (even though this is where she would want to be). An “adult play area” would solve the problem for those parents with special needs adult children who need to stay with them. The first wave of the autism epidemic kids are hitting young adulthood and there is going to be a big need. One out of every 100 to be exact.

  • Play time for Adults! Let’s do it!

  • I also think the adult play time is great! Nightclubs and bars aren’t a draw for me at all, which is why cruises have never really interested me. I’d much rather go to Disneyland! 🙂 But I’d be much more interested if there were more fun activities.

  • I’m a big Samantha Brown fan – I’d love to see her more involved in the theme parks and cruise line! And I agree with both Sam and the commenter above that an adult “playground” on the cruise line would be a huge sell. Although I am a frequent adult park goer without kids, I’ve yet to take the plunge (pun intended 🙂 and go on my first cruise. More adults-only activities (besides drinking, lol) would be a huge determining factor for me.

  • I also think that an adult play area would be a good idea ! I mean if adults became kids again on the parks, it’s because of all the magic that just makes us WOW and since it’s the same thing aboard the ships, why wouldn’t we react the same way and also want to play like kids again ? I mean, just for the fun !
    I think that Mrs. Brown pointed a true fact that could became a really good idea…

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