Published: October 14, 2008 at 11:41 AMThe crowds at the SoCal parks tend to be locals, overwhelmingly. But there are something like, 15 million of us around here, so there's plenty of folks to draw from.
Annual passes drive attendance in this market. Universal's aggressive with its "buy a day, get the year free" promotions early each year (though those would be blacked out on the holidays, I believe.)
Universal could pick up a lot of out-of-towners during Christmas, especially, given its proximity to Pasadena (home of the Rose Bowl and Rose Parade). Disneyland traditionally owns the Christmas market around here, so I wonder what, if anything, Universal might do to position itself so that locals think "Universal Studios" when they think of where to go for Christmas or Thanksgiving, the way they now think of Disneyland.
Published: October 14, 2008 at 10:33 PMI just feel bad when places are open on those holidays because that means you are taking those employees away from their families.
Published: October 14, 2008 at 11:18 PMActually, I had a blast every day that I worked on Christmas at Disney World. If I worked the early shift, we did the holiday stuff at home in the evening. If I worked the evening shift, we had Christmas morning together.
But I also got to spend a good part of the day with my friends at work, and with thousands of people on an absolute holiday high. It was intoxicating, really. Some of my favorite work days ever.
Now, if you want to talk depressing, then let's talk working at a newspaper on Christmas. Ugh. Been there, done that and didn't enjoy those days nearly as much.