James Trexen

Published: April 11, 2014 at 5:40 PM

As it stands, Disney doesn't need to do anything to keep people coming to their CA parks. The burden rests on Universal, and they need to come up with more exclusive attractions for their Hollywood park, otherwise people who regularly visit Universal Orlando will see no reason to go to a park with only half of the rides they like. Disney just needs to keep sticking to CA-only rides in order to keep luring people to their part of town. Since Marvel is the only one that would be exclusive to CA, I voted for that.

Published: April 11, 2014 at 6:36 PM

I like all the ides that have been mentioned. In response to Universal, Disney should build a new ride/land. Personally, a "Frozen" ride and land would be interesting. The movie has become such a phenomenon, and Disney should quickly put a ride and land in Disneyland.

I also like the idea of a "Star Wars Land." They should put it in Tomorrowland, in which the ideas that were rumored this past year would be a great addition to the park.

Another great idea would be "Marvel Land." They could put the Iron Man a Ride that is currently being built in Hong Kong Disneyland. That would be a nice addition to Disneyland or California Adventure Park. Or thru could create a Captain America ride, since the new movie is very popular.

To be honest, you know what would be cool and classic? If they made a Mickey and Friends ride at Disneyland. They could make it a dark ride, similar to Peter Pan and Snow White. They could have Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Donald, etc... They could create some type of story about Mickey and the characters. That would be such a classic ride.


Published: April 11, 2014 at 7:26 PM

I love the fact that Universal is dumping all this cash into the parks, but all it will mean are more crowds. Unlimited Express is the only reprieve.
Anon Mouse

Published: April 11, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Any combination of those properties can be the third park. This can overwhelm Universal. I just don't think its necessary for Disney to respond to Universal. They won't be a competitive threat for a long time. Universal needs to become a full day park at minimum and I just don't this will happen yet.
James Rao

Published: April 12, 2014 at 11:18 AM

USH, for all its bluster this past week, is just finally getting to the point of respectability. That park still has a LONG way to go to become a contender.

While Disney does not need a SoCal response, the company does need to keep moving forward. And utilizing Star Wars, Marvel, and Frozen to further enhance the Disneyland Resort is the way to go. Avatar should remain unique to Animal Kingdom just like Cars Land should remain unique to DCA.

As for the Society of Adventurers and Explorers, it needs to go to Epcot.

grant crawford

Published: April 11, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Two words,

Third Gate.

Open a Heroes and Villains park on that area of land they own southeast of the others with some infrastructure joining the two plots (not buses).

Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, Tron. So much great IP to chose from. Have a hero side of the park mirrored by the villains on the other side. Could be awesome.

On another note I'd love to see Disney introduce SEA to its US parks, with the idea that each park has a unique attraction related to their own member of SEA, with Tokyo and Hong Kong already having theirs. Rather than importing mystic manor, I think they should develop an Up themed ride because I'm sure that with his Zeppelin that Carl Fredrickson would join the illustrious society (or maybe Charles Muntz was a fallen member).

Tying them in together with other SEA rides would provide further incentive to see the other unique rides around the world and could possibly provide a new franchise opportunity for Disney, cause they obviously need more.........

Tim Hillman

Published: April 12, 2014 at 8:29 AM

I'm not sure Disney needs to do anything to respond to Universal's expansion in CA. They just dropped a ton of money to upgrade DCA, so they've done their part to keep their customers happy. Until Universal's expansion starts to hurt the attendance at the Disneyland Resort (Which I don't see happening until Universal builds a second major gate in LA, and sets itself up as a destination resort instead of a secondary visit.), Disney can stand pat and make minor improvements to the parks like adding a Marvel ride or a Star Wars ride to Tomorrowland, and I have mixed feelings about that because those franchises deserve their own lands in a park and not just a single ride or two.

Now, if the Disney brass saw the opportunity to maximize revenues and make the Disneyland Resort more of a destination resort than it already is by adding a third gate, I would love to see a park that uses some of the attractions and lands from Tokyo DisneySea with additional areas devoted to Marvel and Star Wars. That would be totally awesome.

Robert Niles

Published: April 12, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Nice call on Up, grant. If Charles Muntz wasn't already a member of SEA, I'm sure that backstory could be whipped up in less time than it takes Dug to find a squirrel.

Published: April 12, 2014 at 11:26 AM

What about...a 3rd Park featuring all 5 of those franchises?
José María Sandoval

Published: April 12, 2014 at 1:21 PM

I would like to see a ratatouille trackless attraction near the tower of terror, DCA would be perfect.

Published: April 12, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Rotflmfao at Avatar...

Published: April 12, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Star Wars and Frozen @ Disneyland, Marvel @ DCA...that could work well!

Published: April 13, 2014 at 7:44 PM

In Florida Disney's answer to Universal was a Tangled bathroom where people make magic/bowel movements in a highly themed throne room.

Disneyland will probably get Frozen bathrooms with a inspiring "Let it Go" soundtrack and ice in the toilets. End winter and your constipation.

Anthony Murphy

Published: April 14, 2014 at 12:18 PM

I don't think Disney needs to respond. What about Cars Land?

Published: April 15, 2014 at 12:22 PM

How about greenlighting the proposed TRON E Ticket in Tomorrowland?