Published: December 9, 2011 at 6:07 PMI wonder how they'd turn the land the Gibson is on into a parking garage? Seems too deep into the walking part of the park and too separated by a chasm between the only parking access road in. Still, I agree with all of the above and could see it being a prime piece of land to turn into Wizarding World, etc. It's fun to imagine how they'd even go about it.
Published: December 9, 2011 at 6:28 PMThey wouldn't make the Gibson a parking garage. If they remove it, it would be to make it the site for Harry Potter.
Published: December 9, 2011 at 7:34 PMI dont think they would get rid of the gibson. Its one of the prime spots for concerts and best. Nothing close by that is about same size except for greek and hollywood bowl. Which both have a time restriction on it. Where gibson doesnt.
Published: December 9, 2011 at 11:09 PMThe new Nokia Theater at LA Live is slightly larger and aggressively seeking dates, so could take the market space vacated if the Gibson were to close.
Published: December 10, 2011 at 10:24 AMI don't think Disneyland will be that much hurt as you make is sound. Disney World wasn't really altered attendance wise. I also hate to call Avatar/Fantasyland reactions but rather expansions that were inevitable. Besides, the redone DCA and Cars Land is practically a new theme park to compete with HP. And if Disney is going to be reactionary, it always seems that they have something their sleevves.
Published: December 10, 2011 at 6:19 PMPeople keep talking about how this will hurt DL, but I don't see this hurting them at all. Historically whenever USH has done well DL has as well. I'd say Potter is more likely to hurt places like Knotts or Sea World. In fact the new developments at USH and DCA could spell the beginning of the end coffin for Knott's unless they can somehow get their act together soon.
Published: December 11, 2011 at 6:13 PMI don't think Disney will be hurt. But it will be challenged. And that, I suspect, will be enough to provoke a response. Disney not only doesn't want to lose market share, it doesn't want to lose potential market growth to anyone in the theme park business.
Published: December 12, 2011 at 8:35 AMSouthern California nothing like Orlando. Harry Potter will change the theme park landscape to be more like Orlando. Suddenly, there are more choices. Like most Southern Californians, we visit the theme parks like we go to the movies. Its a field trip or a evening out.
I usually think of Universal Studios as a once in a few years trip. Exactly, how many times do I need to be educated about the movies? Much less than you think. I really don't care, but their rides are pretty good even if I ignore the dialog from the Studios Tour.
Harry Potter is about immersive entertainment. I give them credit for seeing the long term view. It won't be a passing fad. It will linger for decades.