How did we get from Disneyland, 60-some years ago, to the multi-billion-dollar theme park industry today? If you want to know that answer, you can't look just at what the Walt Disney Company has done for the past six decades. No, to understand truly the modern theme park business, you need to look up the road at what Universal has accomplished, as well.
That's the lesson in Sam Gennawey's latest, JayBangs: How Jay Stein, MCA, & Universal Invented the Modern Theme Park and Beat Disney at Its Own Game. I talked with Sam today about how he got to know Jay Stein and what theme park fans can learn from his story. Keep reading...
Late last week, the traffic hounds at Facebook made Theme Park Insider an offer that I swiftly refused — to make a bunch of election endorsements.
But did I dismiss this opportunity too quickly? After all, my first full-time job in journalism was as an editorial writer, which required me to write newspaper endorsements every election season. I was a political science major in college, and have followed politics with a deeply unhealthy level of interest since I was a child. Maybe I should get back in the game.
Ultimately, though, Theme Park Insider is about you — the readers. So let's make some endorsements that matter and take a stand on the issues that I know you really want to talk about. ;^) Keep reading...
Is another big theme park company looking to build in Orlando? Rumors of Six Flags or Cedar Fair or someone building a new park in Central Florida appear as often as campaign commercials these days. But Richard Bilbao at the Orlando Business Journal — traditionally a solid source of news in the local business community — is reporting that a "top U.S. theme park operator" is looking at a 200-acre site
on International Drive. Keep reading...
How much did you love to go trick-or-treating when you were a kid? How much would you want to be able to go do that again, today?
In my Orange County Register column this week, I write about the enduring appeal of trick-or-treating, and how Disney has turned that into a wildly successful Halloween event for all ages. But why should Disney corner this market? Why can't we have all-ages trick-or-treating everywhere?
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