News update: Bye-bye Blues, and hello new attraction announcements
The House of Blues is coming down at Disneyland's Downtown Disney.
The restaurant and performance venue had closed last spring, with plans to move to a larger space across Harbor Blvd., in the GardenWalk shopping center. This month, Disney filed for permits to tear down the now-vacant old House of Blues space, which sits in the middle of Downtown Disney, across from Tortilla Jo's. Disney's not announced what it will build in the House of Blues space. The new, non-Disney Anaheim House of Blues is supposed to open sometime next year.
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions [IAAPA] announced today that it once again has sold all indoor exhibit space for the upcoming IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando. The show is the industry's largest annual convention, filling the North/South Building of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The mid-November gathering is place where many parks close or announce deals on their upcoming attractions and the event is expected to attract more than 30,000 attendees from across the industry. I'll be one of them, covering the IAAPA Attractions Expo from Orlando on Nov. 15-17.
Can't wait until November for more new attraction news? No worries. Legoland California is announcing its new attractions for 2017 on Thursday. The park promises that "one is wet and wild and one is out of this world." Next week, on Sept. 20, Germany's Europa Park is announcing its 2017 project at IAAPA's Euro Attractions Show in Barcelona. "Project V" will be the "largest investment in the history of the family business," the park said in a press release.
I hope House of Blues is a success at GardenWalk. GardenWalk needs a miracle to survive. They should consider adding a grand entrance in the back side of the mall where HoB will be on Disney Way. Disney Way is where the new Disneyland parking structure will be. Maybe some Disneyland guests will use the mall after everything is completed in a few years.
I liked House of Blues Anaheim but the venue wasn't perfect. The design of the viewing area was awkward; unless you were front and center on the ground floor there were too many pillars blocking your view of the stage. The balcony was rarely used when I was in there. I hope HoB finds success at GardenWalk, because that shopping/dining center desperately needs a big draw. Meanwhile, a bowling alley doesn't exactly excite me but it's in line with Disney's relentless family-friendly focus at the expense of anything that could even remotely be considered "adult" on their property.
People don't enjoy bowing? You're very mistaken sir.
The Splitsville Bowling alley has done really well at Disney Springs in Orlando. I'm assuming that's what'll take this spot in Anaheim if they are going with that concept.
I'm not wrong. Bowling alleys are in decline.
"JILLIAN’S HI-LIFE LANES APPEARS TO HAVE CLOSED AT CITYWALK HOLLYWOOD"
Respectfully, those articles you posted backup what I stated. I made no mention of a traditional bowling center, which it's true, many have been closing and that model would not work for Downtown Disney. I spoke exclusively about what the bowling business has shifted towards, the boutique center.
How does those articles backup what you said? Bowling alleys are closing and the so-called boutique bowling alley is no exception, yet you decided to make Jillian's an exception. The difference between the newer and older "traditional" bowling alley is the food, drink, atmosphere, and bowling is minor part of the revenue. The article about Whittier points out that even when they did an renovation with screens and graphics, they still failed. You can't turn a blue collar working class game into a high class arcade game. No one is being fooled. Not only is bowling in decline, billiards is also not popular. Jillian's offered both bowling/billiards plus an arcade and failed at all.
Well, I for one would not want to bowl at DTD. I think both parks offer enough activities for families, we don't need a bowling alley. My biggest fear is more people coming to DTD and filling up the parking lots to go bowling. I had heard that this was going to be an Asian restaurant. I think that's the only cuisine that's missing in DTD. Was there a reason given for HOB leaving DTD? My assumption was that parking was an issue for the non-Disney HOB customers.
FEC is "Family Entertainment Center", a common amusement industry term.
"Jilian's offered what you think others should do, a variety of attractions, yet it failed. That speaks to CityWalk, not one of the attractions they offered"
The list of Lucky Strike Lane closures is getting longer.
Dave and busters would be perfect there. It's great entertainment for kids and adults.
Many of the Bowlmor locations were traditional centers if you read up on the company.
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