Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede dinner theater in Orlando sold, c...

There are 276 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jan 8, 2008, titled Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede dinner theater in Orlando sold, c.... In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede closed abruptly Monday afternoon when its owners told the staff of the giant dinner theater that they had sold the attraction's 13-acre site east of Walt Disney World to an ...

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yes

Christmas, FL

#1 Jan 8, 2008
And some people wonder why unions are formed
pat of cocoa

United States

#2 Jan 8, 2008
Premium outlet mall makes so much money . HUM...
slipnot

Orlando, FL

#3 Jan 8, 2008
Don't businesses get really mad and black list you when you walk out on them. The attitude of corporations in this country is amazing. That is why I'm voting Democrat this election.
Anon

Ormond Beach, FL

#4 Jan 8, 2008
I have lost all respect for Dolly Parton if this is the way she conducts business.
Margaritanlime

Denver, CO

#5 Jan 8, 2008
Anon wrote:
I have lost all respect for Dolly Parton if this is the way she conducts business.
You think Dolly made this decision?
By the way, according to news reports, they plan to reopen in another area. That doesn't help the people left jobless yesterday, but..

Dolly is but a figurehead.
hammockprincess

Longwood, FL

#6 Jan 8, 2008
Employees actually asked corporate management less than a week ago if they would have jobs when they returned management looked them dead in the eye and said you have nothing to worry about......plus they laid off every person that they could possibly consider seasonal so they did not have to compensate them......
Good Job Dolly Parton
James

Winter Garden, FL

#7 Jan 8, 2008
Unbelieveable! What an awful way to treat people.
James

Winter Garden, FL

#8 Jan 8, 2008
What an awful way to treat people!
Kalis Grandma

Orlando, FL

#9 Jan 8, 2008
The way this was handled was just plain wrong.
Nothing benefiting Dolly will be in my house anymore.
Mike

United States

#10 Jan 8, 2008
slipnot wrote:
Don't businesses get really mad and black list you when you walk out on them. The attitude of corporations in this country is amazing. That is why I'm voting Democrat this election.
Vote Democrat and all they want to do is raise you taxes so you have less money and do not fall for the line of it will only affect the rich, what a bunch of crap and the Republicans have really hace not been much better. Give me more of my paycheck for me to use as how I see fit
Starflyer59

Gainesville, FL

#11 Jan 8, 2008
slipnot wrote:
Don't businesses get really mad and black list you when you walk out on them. The attitude of corporations in this country is amazing. That is why I'm voting Democrat this election.
How would democrats been able to stop the closing? How will democrats be able to tell any private business how to run their own companies. Why depend on govt to tell us what to do?
steve

Orlando, FL

#12 Jan 8, 2008
When I was a young man I once was told by an old man that it matter much more who you worked for than what you did. Not all employers are jackrabbits. But some are. If you work for someone else you are at their mercy. Just like choosing a mate , choose an employer carefully.
At will employment

Denver, CO

#13 Jan 8, 2008
hammockprincess wrote:
Employees actually asked corporate management less than a week ago if they would have jobs when they returned management looked them dead in the eye and said you have nothing to worry about......plus they laid off every person that they could possibly consider seasonal so they did not have to compensate them......
Good Job Dolly Parton
Only in Florida! Where corporate greed reign supreme and no employee protections are guaranteed.
Typical

Apopka, FL

#14 Jan 8, 2008
Typical greedy, selfish, Republican response: it's always about me, me, me and never what's better for the country as a whole.
Mike wrote:
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Vote Democrat and all they want to do is raise you taxes so you have less money and do not fall for the line of it will only affect the rich, what a bunch of crap and the Republicans have really hace not been much better. Give me more of my paycheck for me to use as how I see fit
Typical

Apopka, FL

#15 Jan 8, 2008
Oh, it's not just in Florida. This is the status quo, in corporate America. Look what happened to the car industry, this past year; layoffs galore. Actually, in Florida we're pretty immune to massive layoffs, like they have up North. But then again, we don't have the industrial base in the South, like the North (the major reason why they lost the Civil War).

I see this Dixie Stampede thing as just typical developers throwing around a bunch of money, to get a site fronting I-4. I've been to that show; it was ok except for the traffic nightmare getting in and out of that area of Orlando. And forget going to those outlets; that's just as bad. Hopefully they will soon build the new fly-over and off ramp just north of Dixie Stampede that's currently being designed. It's all a part of the new connector between I-Drive and Apopka-Vineland Road. It's in the works and developers in that area are currently considering to all chip in and pay for it, before the County gets off its backside and does it. It's all to help traffic on 535/Apopka-Vineland.
At will employment wrote:
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Only in Florida! Where corporate greed reign supreme and no employee protections are guaranteed.
doug

Lady Lake, FL

#16 Jan 8, 2008
Starflyer59 wrote:
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How would democrats been able to stop the closing? How will democrats be able to tell any private business how to run their own companies. Why depend on govt to tell us what to do?
maybe you dont know this but in this state workers have NO RIGHTS nothing thats why a change iin partys would be good i am not saying workers should be given a free ticket but no rights at all is less than fair. If they wanted to they could stiff all the full time employees out of there unemployment and there would not be much the employees could do thats certainly fair right.
GEF

Winter Garden, FL

#17 Jan 8, 2008
Layoffs are not the issue here, it is how they treated the employees and even how they are treating the public because some people have advanced seating. In the article they say Dolly will reopen in another part of Orlando. If you were one of those employees or a customer burned by Dolly would you go to their new future location? If they wanted to open in the area again they did a bad job of preserving their integrity so they would be looked at positively when they returned. That is a corporate blunder! Dolly, you now have a bad name here. Do not come back because you are no longer welcome.
Ann

Columbus, OH

#18 Jan 8, 2008
Hey I've been there before...at suntrust we pointedly asked if our dept was going to be outsourced and we were looked in the eye and said no. One lady even asked the manager privately because she was going to buy a house and didn't want to be stuck. He told her the rumors weren't true. 3 months later we were outsourced. Not overseas, but still. Anyone who reads this, learn your lesson. Don't trust companies. Don't trust unions either. You would not believe how much the union management has in benefits...way more than the worker bees. Always have some money set aside to tide you over. My sympathy to those workers in any case. You will get through this but it's a tough thing.
Orlando Resident

Winter Garden, FL

#19 Jan 8, 2008
Oh come on, was the closing of Darden's Smokey Bones eateries that much different than the closing of Dixie Stampede? Service staff and kitchen staff will find other positions in this area. Entertainers will move on to other locations.

It's a sign of the times. There is no loyalty to employees, there is little or no value placed on people who are loyal and dependable to an employer in this area. It's about the bottom line, it's about the money.

The employees were treated unfairly. The customers with tickets for future shows are going to feel as if they have been treated unfairly. Instead of holding the money paid for tickets, they should immediately credit the buyers credit cards. Shoddy way to conduct business but in Fl....it's pretty much the norm.
Mom

Altamonte Springs, FL

#20 Jan 8, 2008
This is front page news why?

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