Published: June 30, 2010 at 3:45 PMOne ideology I never understood is brand loyalty. Just as with Universal and Disney fans, it exists in other markets. They tear at each others' throats over how their company is superior. I try to purchase products based on what is on top at the moment, and at the moment it seems to be Universal. Last year, it was Busch Gardens and Cedar Fair. The year before, it was Disney.
The more competitive they get, the more we benefit, so why argue about who is better? Challenge them to do more.
Published: June 30, 2010 at 3:52 PMFWIW, I agree on all three points:
1) It has been a great year for themed attractions
2) It has been a great year for Universal Creative
3) It has been a great year for theme park fans as Disney and Universal continue to push each other to the limit (although lately, Universal has been doing most of the pushing).
Published: June 30, 2010 at 4:10 PMI think universal have done an outstanding job this year and don't forget that Disney are working on some big projects right now. This doesn't create a uni vs disney mentality as I would assume that it just fuels the likelihood of returning customers to both parks - if they both up their game I would be more likely to visit both on my next Florida trip rather than just universal, however, with Harry potter I am likely to go primarily to visit islands of adventure, but will go to typhoon lagoon or epcot again.
It's in both of their interests during a recession to maximise attendance otherwise people wouldn't visit either. The only thing I think they are missing in Florida is a full multi-park ticket for Disney and universal - at a competitive price, say £275 for 2 weeks, I and most of my theme park friends would be very tempted so then you can go where, when and how often with less fuss.
Published: June 30, 2010 at 4:28 PMI agree its been a great year for universal. I love both theme parks but im always root more for the underdog which in most cases is universal. I think this year will bring in record crowds to IOA and maybe USH. Tomorrow i shall attend the grand opening of kong and also check out the new special effects stage show which has had great reviews but little mention in the theme park buisness. Wizarding world will remain ontop till disney opens there first area devoted to one movie (at least here in california) "CARS".
Published: June 30, 2010 at 7:17 PMUniversal is my favorite company ever,i hope to be on UC one day.Dont get me wrong I still love disney,but universal has always shared a special place in me.
Published: June 30, 2010 at 8:52 PMI can't wait to see the new Kong at USH and World of Color at DCA. I've already seen Harry Potter and it was worth the wait and lived up to the hype. June 2010 was a great month for theme park fans.
Published: July 1, 2010 at 7:16 AMLet’s not forget they also raised prices… All of those folks at IOA paying more $$$.
Published: July 1, 2010 at 1:42 PMJust a quick correction to a previous post.