But then you look at DHS and DAK, and it becomes obvious that these parks need help. Both of these parks have 5 to 6 actual rides. That always astonishes me. And not all of the rides in each park are even that great, such as Backlot Tour and Kali River Rapids. Yes, DAK has the animals, but when it advertises itself as "Natazuu" or whatever it was called, it should have more actual rides. I hope Avatar helps this. I do think that DAK has more going for it than DHS. It's a very well themed park, minus DinoRama.
And I find Islands of Adventure to be a full day park. At least for me. I enjoy a lot of the "little" things in the park, such as all of the Seuss Landing rides, Jurassic Park Discovery Center, Camp Jurassic, Poseidon's Fury, etc. And I love to re-ride my favorites, such as Spider-Man, Hulk, Jurassic Park River Adventure and Forbidden Journey. Magic Kingdom is definitely the park that is hardest to complete in a single day, won't argue that. But I can argue this for WDW's 3rd and 4th gates.
Back to the article, I don't see Disney closing or selling these parks. I can see them just sitting stagnant for forever. Hopefully the new Ratatouille ride will help the Walt Disney Studios Park's attendance.
From my experience, Disney Studios is not going anywhere. Sure, the park needs some work, but it has some of the better Disney attractions and shows of the past 10 years.
I think Disney seperates each resort by its target audience. I think DCA had some trouble because for the most part, the guests are local. WDW and DLPR is a destination resort meaning that people are actually saving up and going on a longer trip to those parks.
So to make a long story short. They would never close any of the parks. I also don't consider River Country a park. It ran into problems because Disney built two other water parks. Water parks are pretty much all the same.
Since these projects are few and far between, there is little risk for a collapse of a Disney theme park. Each project is different from the rest. DL Paris has an unique financial structure that disguises its financial distress. It makes plenty of money. It just owes more back. Thankfully, the banks gave up a little, new investors were brought in, Disney gave up some royalties, and the park was saved.
For the money pit that is DLP, it'll never ever recoup it's money and will never bring in the revenue close to any of the other Disney Parks. Most of Europe just doesn't care for theme parks as a destination. They rather go somewhere where the weather is nice and visit a beautiful city like Venice or Barcelona while there. And when we want to see a nice castle we hop in the car and visit the local ones like these:http://www.kasteeldehaar.nl/http://www.museumwijchen.nl/website/alg_geschie.php
I'm new to your site. Thanks for all the great articles, especially the ones that explore the history and business of theme parks.
Do you have any idea how much it would cost to build each of the Disney parks in 2013 dollars? It would be interesting to see a side by side comparison for each park.
I wonder what percentage of the cost went into the land and what percentage went into the attractions.
But creativity and capital are two things Disney has in abundance. It's a matter of the will to deploy them in service of this particular park that's in question.
Thanks for the great article. You make so many great points. Disneyland Paris has so much potential to be so elegant and gorgeous and to have a more fantasy feel to it than any other Disney park. I really hope the money hose is aimed at it once Shanghai is done.
True. Except Disney's solutions recently has been to just keep raising prices. What I hope is the combination of people's disgust with lack of new projects, coupled with the outrageous price tag to go to a Disney resort will result in the culmination of Robert's statement.
I really would love to see this ride system to be brought to Walt Disney World, specifically Animal Kingdom.
What impressed me the most about it was the cohesion of design. Its spaciousness, landscaping and the number of walkthrough attractions are assets. It shouldn't try to live up to the American trend of just cramming thrill rides in anywhere there is room. DLP is a different experience: a leisurely day in a lovely park.
I also love the fact that time has forgotten many parts of it. Being a Jules Verne fan, I regret having missed Space Mountain's "Mission 1" and Le Visionarium. However, I LOVED that Pirates of the Caribbean was intact, without any of that nonsense from the movies in it. Pirates, the Nautilus, Adventure Isle, the Castle, Alice's Curious Labyrinth, and Le Pays de Contes de Fées are some of my favourite Disney attractions as well.
Some things do need to be fixed (I noticed a lot of dry places that used to have running water during my first, brief trip there in 2008), but I hope none of those come at the expense of maintaining the amazing things that do work.
Oh yeah, we didn't bother going over to Hollywood Studios though. If they want to stick random Marvel and Pixar rides over there, that's fine by me.