What if Comcast owned Disney World?Walt Disney World: Would WDW be better off?
From robert morrisHow would Disney World be different if Comcast owned it?
Posted July 17, 2012 at 2:31 PM
Would Pixar Place be at DHS?
Would Beastly Kingdom be under construction?
Or at least Avatar have ground broken?
Would Pleasure Island be reopened with Night Clubs?
Or would Fantasyland expansion been done with Simulators?
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From Karly TenneyIt is very hard to tell robert. But I would say it is very plausible but we will never know. That would be very nice if those things could happen to WDW I hope they will but I doubt it. There are many what ifs for us theme park lovers, some may come true in time most will not. But atleast we will always have something to look forward to in this ever changing theme park world.
Posted July 17, 2012 at 2:44 PM
From Rob PastorThe decisions of the past decade plus seem to indicate that Disney is being overly controlled by the financial beancounters. While it brings a standard profit for shareholders, innovation and experimentation suffer. GM,a similar circumstance in the 80's, under the control of Roger Smith and the accounting moguls, suffered major harm to it's brand. While it's important for a corporation to be financially sound, the accountants may be the worst people to run a company. The salespeople, managers & marketing usually have a better grip on the realities of the situation. A complacent corporation soon becomes a dying corporation. Of course, this is just my opinion as an outsider, but I've followed the brand and stock closely over the years. California Disney was a perfect example of that misguided control of the accountants principle & it has been quite expensive to do the fix. But, I still like Disney and I hope it becomes aggressive again. My new mantra is "free Disney from the beancounters".
Posted July 17, 2012 at 3:28 PM
From Dominick DThere's not a chance in Hell that Comcast would own Disney. Even if they did, there would be WDI and UC, two different engineering groups.
Posted July 17, 2012 at 4:35 PM
From Kevin CI think that if the mindset of Comcast was present at WDW, you would definitely see more expansion and investment in those parks.
Posted July 17, 2012 at 6:00 PM
But it's hard to compare WDW and UOR. Totally different brands and philosophies.
I do think that Comcast has realized they have a unique opportunity to make Universal a bigger destination point for families, where they stay longer than the usual 1-2 days. I don't think they're trying to out-Disney Disney. They're just trying to maximize their own resort, which has potential that they're only beginning to fully tap into.
From James RaoI am not sure they would do anything differently. Disney is making money hand over fist and continues to lead the world in annual attendance by a wide margin. Why spend more money? Besides, Disney is doing a lot of work right now, too...and all of it seems good, maybe even great. I would rather keep the two separate. Competition is the spice of life.
Posted July 17, 2012 at 8:40 PM
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