Back in April, TPI regular Keith Schneider tossed up a discussion thread that asserted "Universal Orlando is One BIG IP Away from Blowing Open Orlando!"
Throughout the rather standard back and forth on the thread that followed, I noted (in multiple posts) that everyone cheerleading the success of Universal as an indication that the UO parks will someday "catch" WDW ignores the fact that Disney will continue to make dramatic expansions to their parks. My post from the thread referenced: "Assuming of course Disney doesn't open additional IP based attractions beyond Star Wars and PTWOA -- which we can safely assume will happen."
So then came yesterday.
Magic Kingdom - Tron Coaster
Magic Kindom - Main Street Theater
EPCOT - Guardians of the Galaxy (so much for the Marvel licensing BS)
EPCOT - Ratatouille
EPCOT - Space Themed Restaurant
EPCOT - Mission Space New Film
EPCOT - China Pavillion New Film
EPCOT - New night show replacing Illuminations
PLEASE NOTE: These additions come while all of the EPCOT festivals continue to draw huge numbers.
DHS - Star Wars
DHS - Pixar Land
DHS - Mickey & Minnie Ride
Resorts - Star Wars Themed Hotel
Resorts - Riviera Resort (Tower)
Resorts - Coronado Springs (Tower)
Resorts - Gondola Transportation System
Resorts - Renovation of Guest Rooms at Pop Century
Resorts - Renovation of Guest Rooms at Coranado Springs
ESPN - Third Venue Arena (which no one talks about even though it will host concerts and sporting events -- again drawing guests to the WDW resort.)
Civil - Continued Road Improvements at Buena Vista Drive and 536
Civil - Added Parking Garage at Disney Springs
Civil - Improvements at Magic Kingdom Toll Plaza
Disney Springs - The Edison
Disney Springs - The Neverland Tunnels
Disney Springs - The NBA Experience
Disney Springs - New Show at Cirque Theater
Disney Springs - Wine Bar George
Who is it who has two thumbs and posted on this site in 2013 that every plan Disney had for WDW was gravitating towards the 2021 50th anniversary? This guy!
And then there's the impact that the rate of development will have on the Disney Vacation Club. As WDW adds so many new experiences to its Florida property, the number of DVC clients will escalate dramatically -- boosting the attendance at the Florida parks.
Meanwhile, down the road, guests who have paid $20 to park and worm their way onto a crowded bus that will take them to a typical water or (I geuss) "theme" park, are supposed to be excited about future attractions based upon a gaming system from 1979? Awesome!
At this point, when it comes to any REAL level of actual competition in the Orlando market, a reasoned opinion would have to conclude: game over. Unless of course you are talking about Universal Orlando vs. Skyplex ... In that situation the jury is still out.Tweet
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