This happens to hotels a lot...where something like a Ritz-Carlton either closes down or the Ritz stops operating it and the owner rebrands it to another kind of hotel. That's what's happening to the Peabody in Orlando as it's becoming a Hyatt hotel soon. Other times, hotels close down and are either torn down or become condos or apartments after a while of being closed.
I don't know a lot about Disneyland Paris but I keep seeing articles calling it a money pit. I believe that it only recently had its first profitable year, and it was not much profit. If it was not being propped up by Disney at large, I wonder if it would have been closed.
Would Disney ever allow that though? Would that be seen as a huge embarrassment to the company? That would be a terrible visual...seeing a Disney park torn down. Or, worse, having it be deflagged and turned into a generic local park.
I'd love to see an article from Robert about if he thinks DIsneyland Paris will ever close or be deflagged and turned into another park.
I also would like to know from Robert and others why they think Disneyland Paris isn't profitable...and what it would take to make it a big success. The Studios Park is just junky so I know what that is a failure, just as junky DCA was a failure before the remodel last year. But Disneyland Paris looks GORGEOUS...and it's still pretty much a failure.
Why is that when other theme parks in Europe seem to thrive?
It needs a LOT of work to be up to Disney standards...let's hope they can deliver.
At the moment I would rather spend money on a 10 hour flight to Tokyo Disney Resort to experience true Disney hospitality, than fly 2 hours to our "local" resort, DLP, to receive mediocre service.
With regard to Disneyland Paris, no.
Why would you worry about something that is old news.
I'm not worried about anything. In fact, I only very rarely think about Disneyland Paris. Except when I see articles like this one talking about it.
I just wonder if people who are experts in the theme park industry even think it's possible that Disney could shutter this park or sell it and remove the Disney branding from everything. I think that's a valid question: if there ever will be a point where Disney sees this as a money pit and shuts it down.
For instance, I think there's about zero chance that Disneyland or WDW would ever close down...short of some catastrophic natural disaster. I think they will be there 100 years and more from now, long after I am dead.
I don't know much about Disneyland Paris and have never been there, but I wonder what percent chance experts would give that Disneyland Paris would ever close down.
As to unbranding the parks, I recall more than a couple of articles over the past 10 years suggesting that maybe Disney would sell off the parks and just be in the hotel and time share business. In the minds of at least some of the suits, this probably seems like a much better deal.
I don't think the ESPN Zone restaurants, the Disney Stores, and the other things you mentioned are in the same league as the Disney theme parks.
A restaurant chain closing that the public does not identify with Disney doesn't tell us anything about whether or not one of the parks would ever close. Chains of restaurants go out of business all the time.
We've never seen a Disney park closed down. As for the Disney stores, those are just retail locations to people. They are not high profile vacation destinations. I remember being sad when a Disney store I liked closed but I just buy things online. A whole lot of stores, like Borders and Barnes & Nobel, are going out of business and retail is moving more and more online.
So retail locations closing aren't similar to the closing of a park. Disney's closed plenty of attractions, resort hotels, restaurants, and other things in both Florida and California through the years...and it owned and then sold the Queen Mary tourist attraction in Long Beach. So I know that Disney divests itself of properties and other ventures from time to time.
But it's never closed down a castled park and I wonder if it ever would or if that is just totally off the table.
Certainly, a theme park closing like Disneyland Paris would be the ultimate in failure, but Disney as a business isn't into propping up a failed enterprise. Besides, it is a minority owner, which means it is limited to what it can do.
"I wonder if it ever would or if that is just totally off the table."
You just talked yourself out of considering such an option. I am afraid to bother you.