Published: October 9, 2009 at 10:50 AMI would like for them to not do a whole lot of change. Expansion, however, would be great. It's about time for a new country at BGW. It would be great for them to keep up the animal and conservation causes, and would be in their best interest, too. Since I've only been to Orlando once (5 years ago) and haven't gotten to Tampa yet, I can't say much about them. It just would be nice for Blackstone to funnel some money into these parks for improvements without taking anything away that makes the parks so great now.
Published: October 9, 2009 at 10:52 AMI'd like to see Blackstone maintain the high quality of food and entertainment without raising prices beyond the range of inflation. Oh, and come up with more perks for platinum pass holders...
Published: October 9, 2009 at 10:56 AMI would LOVE to see more interactive attractions. Even simple ones are fine.
Example: Since I'm a photo-hog, I love having wild or even man-made scenery that BEGS me to take a picture of it. Like the Toon Lagoon of Islands of Adventure, there's all those floating thought bubbles that BEG a person to stand beneath it and take a picture.
Ooh yea... and more extra events! (Why hasn't there ever been a hip-hop/rock/pop concert that appeals to teens at the Busch parks? I think the concerts they bring in appeals more to the 30 and up crowd. Oh well, at least there's Howl-O-Scream...) Like maybe a Food and Wine like Epcot...
Published: October 9, 2009 at 11:13 AMI agree - add another country to BG: W. That want has been discussed endlessly over the last several years among BG: W fans (as well as EPCOT fans) and I think the obvious choice would be Spain, a country rich in heritage and still different enough from the other nations to stand out.
That would give you:
Am I missing one? Another avenue to go would be Scandanavia, which would be interesting as well.
In addition I'm not sure I would want another coaster necessarily to replace Big Bad Wolf (I want that one back!). They still have four, and think the park should have another dark ride. Curse of DarkCastle is one of the newer, non-traditional dark rides in the same vein as IOA's Spiderman, and Corkscrew Hill is a 3-D projection with stationary (albeit jumpy) vehicle. Is the day truly past for any new Pirates/Haunted Mansion type dark rides where you, in a small or medium-sized vehicle travel slowly past unfolding scenes of animatronics? I wonder...
Published: October 9, 2009 at 11:14 AMI would like to see them offer transportation between orlando parks and Tampa. the "flex" ticket has always been a great option for guest. witha few more perks a blackstone orlando vacation would be way more exciting then a disney park hopper.
Published: October 9, 2009 at 11:30 AMAsk, and ye shall receive. I believe that the Flex Ticket and the multi-park SeaWorld/Busch Gardens tickets get you on the bus for free.
Published: October 9, 2009 at 1:08 PMI would like to see more highly themed dark rides. DarKastle was a great start at BGW, but they shouldn't stop at that. BGT needs some dark rides, and it wouldn't hurt if Sea World got one as well, even though they have Journey to Atlantis and Wild Artic. Other than that, I don't think they should change anything else, except for always improving upon what they already have, and more dark rides.
Published: October 9, 2009 at 2:59 PMFree beer, need I say more ;)
Published: October 9, 2009 at 5:19 PMSorry, no free beer.
Published: October 10, 2009 at 2:27 AMThere are more places in the world than the US!
I think it's sad you don't mention the British and European parks Blackstone/Merlin own.
Please add to the list:
Chessington World of Adventures
The London Dungeon
The York Dungeon
The Hamburg Dungeon
The Amsterdam Dungeon
Published: October 11, 2009 at 7:59 PMI think the real reason that Blackstone is buying all these theme parks is for the cash flow.
Published: October 12, 2009 at 1:48 AMI'm not a great believer in monopolies like this. There are plusses admittedly in that any part of the Empire that's falling short can be subsidised by the more profitable areas. The downside is that without any competition ( Disney apart ) the whole portfolio of that business can become complacent.