What's new at Walt Disney World? Not much, for a change
Published: September 25, 2008 at 10:29 AM
So what do Disney fans have to look forward to? Well, we already knew about American Idol at Disney's Hollywood Studios. What else?
How about... a fairy-themed meet and greet?
Uh, or a bowling alley at ESPN's Wide World of Sports?
To be fair, it's not like Disney is doing nothing in 2009. Work proceeds on a multi-billion-dollar theme park expansion... at Disney's California Adventure on the west coast. And Disney's opening up land for hotel and timeshare development in Florida, as well as expanding the Disney Cruise Line. And there's that fifth (premium-priced) theme park coming, too.
But the company's not got any new rides on the drawing boards for the existing four Walt Disney World theme parks. That's a first since Animal Kingdom opened a decade ago.
I mentioned Universal's new attraction for 2009, Hollywood Rip, Ride and Rockit and 2010's The Wizarding World of Harry Potter when I talked with Scott. Not to mention SeaWorld's Manta roller coaster, opening next summer. So it's not Disney's competition is taking a year off, like the Mouse House appears to be.
Will that hurt Disney's attendance in 2009? Or will free birthday tickets keep the turnstiles spinning?