Published: November 7, 2013 at 8:28 PMHoping that as the buzz around the new Star Wars movies increases, Disney will announce more about how Star Wars will become more apart of the parks.
Published: November 7, 2013 at 9:16 PMIt's because of this, WDW will never build anything quickly. Why fix something if it's not broken. It's as simple as that
Published: November 7, 2013 at 9:19 PMI wonder why Tomorrowland is being filmed in Orlando rather than Anaheim?
And I will be very curious to see the first trailers for Star Wars: Episode 7. I'm looking forward to it a lot, especially considering George Lucas won't be as meddling. It's long been time for him to step aside.
Too bad Brad Bird isn't directing this episode. He did a fantastic job with The Incredibles, and I quite enjoyed Mission: Impossible 4.
Published: November 7, 2013 at 9:36 PMAdd to that $6.1 billion all the money Disney will rake in from Thor 2, Frozen, and Saving Mr. Banks in the next two months, and Christmas will be "berry berry good" to Walt's company.
Time to put a huge chunk of that profit back into the parks....
Published: November 8, 2013 at 2:58 AM"The company reported that both Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort hit record attendance numbers for the year ..."
Yeah, the gang at Disney sure must be worried about how to "respond" to all of that competition coming from the Harry Potter attraction down the road.
Published: November 8, 2013 at 8:31 AMI'm curious how much of that revenue is from DVC. I had heard that DVC is lumped together with theme parks, so that number might be inflated by the sales of Grand Floridian. I wonder what will happen to the numbers after Poly sells out. Will they build the much rumored Fort Wilderness DVC to keep the gravy flowing, or will they take out this prop that has been holding up the numbers.
On a personal note, I own and love DVC, but by all accounts it should not be included in theme park revenue for anyone who is looking at serious long term trend.
Published: November 8, 2013 at 8:40 AMThis shows the impact of higher ticket prices and raising charges for food and other services. Sadly, it also means that Disney isn't going to rush to add new attractions. They're rolling with what they have, and they won't act until the bottom line is impacted.
On the other hand, I could play devil's advocate and say they'll be more willing to spend money if they're making profits, but this leadership team hasn't been investing in the parks with that approach.
Published: November 8, 2013 at 10:04 AMFWIW, Disney's theme park division includes DVC as well as DCL (Disney Cruise Line).
Published: November 8, 2013 at 11:03 AMAbout $4500 of that $2.2B is from my pocket. I'm glad to do my part in "feeding the mouse" and will continue to do so until my frozen head is placed next to Walt's in the cryo chamber.
Published: November 8, 2013 at 1:29 PMGood, now they have no excuse when it comes to reinvesting in the parks. They have the theme park profits to justify massive investment in Avatar Land, the upcoming Star Wars attractions, and any other future additions to the parks. And they proved, once again, that the investments they made in the past were justified. As always, if you build it (and do a good job), they will come!
Published: November 8, 2013 at 3:36 PMThat is great news, can't wait what they do next. I loved the new screens in It's a small world (booked a week vacation to see that) and I love all those lovely colourful handcuffs showing up in the park. Lets hope paying for parking at the hotels is their next brilliant idea before they up the prices for the park entrances again and when we are lucky they maybe put another miniature castle in MK or another Captain Jack experience in DHS. Thank you Disney.
Published: November 8, 2013 at 6:39 PMOT, I like the mini-castles in Fantasyland. Way better for children and far more magical than just plain old fantasyland, but yes, the Pirates thing was awful.
Published: November 8, 2013 at 6:48 PMWOOOHOOOO!!!!! This is fantastic news! Meet and greets for everybody!!!!
Published: November 10, 2013 at 4:42 PMAnonymous: I'm curious how much of that revenue is from DVC. I had heard that DVC is lumped together with theme parks, so that number might be inflated by the sales of Grand Floridian.
I Respond: And when they buy the time at the Grand Floridian and they stay at the Grand Floridian ... don't they go to ... um ... The Walt Disney World theme parks?
Published: November 13, 2013 at 5:23 AM"Good, now they have no excuse when it comes to reinvesting in the parks."
And Disney's response to this goes something like this: "hahahahahhahahaha! Unless by parks you mean DVC resorts. If so, then yes, we are reinvesting a good bit."
It will probably be some time before enough people refuse to go to Disney b/c of cost and/or lack of attractions. Until that happens, Disney will still lag in new attractions and keep building DVC like crazy. Maybe when this awful FP+ system kicks in fully (doing away with KTTK keys soon) it will set off enough people and hasten this. But I doubt it.