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Disney's Night Kingdom?

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Published: February 15, 2008 at 7:56 PM

Came across this blog about a proposed 5th Disney Park at WDW called Disney's Night Kingdom. Sounds interesting...

[The park would be Walt Disney World's fifth, would open in late afternoons... and charge between $250-300 per person. Think a Disney version of Discovery Cove. Look for a 2011 opening.]

Readers' Opinions

From Mark Hollamon on February 16, 2008 at 5:58 AM
While I am sure it would be top notch, I would really like to see a Disney version of a thrill ride theme park. Maybe 4-5 giga coasters and about the same number of highest tech dark rides. Plus, the admission is a bit steep. I was never attracted to Discovery Cove due to the high cost of admission.
From Marc Ricketts on February 16, 2008 at 10:24 AM
Based on the description, I'll probably pass. Don't forget that the price at discovery cove drops $100 without the dolphin swim.
From J. Dana on February 16, 2008 at 10:57 AM
So, basically, they're looking to develop a night-time section of Disney's Animal Kingdom...just with a separate gate. Smart. I mean, most of the animals are more active at night anyway....and I remember about 5 years ago having discussions with folks about how Disney needed a "night-time" event at the park (at that time, we were talking about another dinner show, i.e., Polynesian Luau-type show out on the savannah). I think this is great!!! Another way to leverage existing resources....I mean, the care and feeding of animals is EXPENSIVE....they're smart to look for additional revenue streams to support this. I'm all for it. I hope it's actually a go....
From KD Younger on February 16, 2008 at 11:38 AM
Jim Hill broke this about thw days ago. Check his site for more discussion.
From Jason Jackson on February 16, 2008 at 7:19 PM
The link takes you to the Jim Hill Media site.
From Reid Loveland on February 16, 2008 at 8:05 PM
You have to take Jim Hill articles with a grain of salt...or sometimes a whole spoonful of it.

Two things to comment on here: first the Central Florida workforce can not supply the 4,000 CM's he says will be needed.

And as for the AC entertainers going to perform at this new "park", that will tick off thousand of AC devotees because they will have to pay several hundred dollars and wait months or years between visits. I also can't see Disney building a 5th Park where only a few hundred people a night can see it.

Screamscape made more sense saying this sounds more like an after hours tour/experience.

From Noel G on February 16, 2008 at 9:58 PM
This may seem like a stupid question but why have so many parks within a stones throw of each other?

As going to create a lobour shortage and a strain on resouces.

What Disney should do correct me if I am wrong here guys they should expand their parks and build more parks in the Australiasia region.

Or at least to commit to a rapid expansion of its Hong Kong Park, which is overdue even for a young park like it is.

As a few years ago there was talk of Disney buying a large mass of land North of Brisbane here in Queensland Australia. With other sites short listed at the time for a future Disney venture on the scale of Walt Disney World, with heaps of room for expansion.

I put a challenge out to the imagineers of Disney to create and build a park downunder. As it doesnt have to be in or near the hub of the current theme parks already here on the Gold Coast.

From Gareth H on February 17, 2008 at 8:47 AM
There are so many theme parks in a small area because it sells. You don't go to Orlando just to go to Magic Kingdon, you do to do all of Disney & more.

You don't go to Orlando just for Universal either, you go for Swaworld & Busch & Wet'nWild.

The rich ones, or ones with a great exchange rate, do them all in a fortnight (2 weeks).

That's why'll they continue to add more attractions in a small area, to attract the millions of visitors each year who comes to "the worlds number one tourist destination".

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