Published: February 16, 2008 at 5:58 AMWhile I am sure it would be top notch, I would really like to see a Disney version of a thrill ride theme park. Maybe 4-5 giga coasters and about the same number of highest tech dark rides. Plus, the admission is a bit steep. I was never attracted to Discovery Cove due to the high cost of admission.
Published: February 16, 2008 at 10:57 AMSo, basically, they're looking to develop a night-time section of Disney's Animal Kingdom...just with a separate gate. Smart. I mean, most of the animals are more active at night anyway....and I remember about 5 years ago having discussions with folks about how Disney needed a "night-time" event at the park (at that time, we were talking about another dinner show, i.e., Polynesian Luau-type show out on the savannah). I think this is great!!! Another way to leverage existing resources....I mean, the care and feeding of animals is EXPENSIVE....they're smart to look for additional revenue streams to support this. I'm all for it. I hope it's actually a go....
Published: February 16, 2008 at 11:38 AMJim Hill broke this about thw days ago. Check his site for more discussion.
Published: February 16, 2008 at 7:19 PMThe link takes you to the Jim Hill Media site.
Published: February 16, 2008 at 8:05 PMYou have to take Jim Hill articles with a grain of salt...or sometimes a whole spoonful of it.
Two things to comment on here: first the Central Florida workforce can not supply the 4,000 CM's he says will be needed.
And as for the AC entertainers going to perform at this new "park", that will tick off thousand of AC devotees because they will have to pay several hundred dollars and wait months or years between visits. I also can't see Disney building a 5th Park where only a few hundred people a night can see it.
Screamscape made more sense saying this sounds more like an after hours tour/experience.
Published: February 16, 2008 at 9:58 PMThis may seem like a stupid question but why have so many parks within a stones throw of each other?
As going to create a lobour shortage and a strain on resouces.
What Disney should do correct me if I am wrong here guys they should expand their parks and build more parks in the Australiasia region.
Or at least to commit to a rapid expansion of its Hong Kong Park, which is overdue even for a young park like it is.
As a few years ago there was talk of Disney buying a large mass of land North of Brisbane here in Queensland Australia. With other sites short listed at the time for a future Disney venture on the scale of Walt Disney World, with heaps of room for expansion.
I put a challenge out to the imagineers of Disney to create and build a park downunder. As it doesnt have to be in or near the hub of the current theme parks already here on the Gold Coast.
Published: February 17, 2008 at 8:47 AMThere are so many theme parks in a small area because it sells. You don't go to Orlando just to go to Magic Kingdon, you do to do all of Disney & more.
You don't go to Orlando just for Universal either, you go for Swaworld & Busch & Wet'nWild.
The rich ones, or ones with a great exchange rate, do them all in a fortnight (2 weeks).
That's why'll they continue to add more attractions in a small area, to attract the millions of visitors each year who comes to "the worlds number one tourist destination".