on November 12, 2009 at 10:54 PM
As from working and selling a couple of park passes, people pretty much have budgeted their money down to a T. If you do the meal plan plus get the rest of the packaged deal, there is , in theory, no reason to spend anymore money. Top that off with me thinking many people are buying things at the Disney Store and Disneystore.com, especially princess costumes. So I think, in the end, Disney is making about the same money, but just not at the parks. Who knows though. Its just a theory that I have to think that Disney Store is playing a bigger chunk which all goes into the Disney bank.
on November 13, 2009 at 1:16 PM
I agree with you last comments Robert. As long as attendance is up and it is broading the focus, spending being down is not as important. The most important thing now is to get people to feel that it is a good value during these tuff economic times and they will be more likely to return to your park.
on November 13, 2009 at 7:55 PM
"...keeping people in the habit..." is exactly right. Disneyphiles are truly addicted -- or brainwashed -- to the whole concept. You gotta keep the fix affordable. If you break the cycle, people might realize they don't really NEED to go to the Mouse.