If the original intent was WDW being neglected, this has gotten way off topic.
1. Disney's isn't $35.99 for the day.
2. Disney's Fastpass includes every ride...
Nor do I.
I won't argue that TSM is popular, a great family ride. A true knock off of Buzz and the best of the class Men in Black. Soarin, I'm glad WDW got a duplicate of the Cali film, I really do enjoy it especially when I am fortunate enough to FP it. But lets not confuse the enormous wait time as equivant sucess as Cars. Those two attractions have some of the slowest load times ever created by Disney thus the lengthy waits for the experience. Buzz and Men in Black were designed better for load speed and require far less CM's to load the attraction.Quote:
Sunset is where the guest gather and their anchor show Fantasmic has been running without major componants broken even after the long refurb. Even Saturday show canceled after it started. West Coast one was newer, WDW l.0, then 3.o to the West Coast and now the West has a 5.0 and WDW Fantasmic l.0 that operates broken. Much like Splash Mountain in WDW. If Disney gets around to maintaining Splash, that is an expected not a Wow. Wow to me isn't maintenance. Maintenance like Space that failed, well oy.
LMA-I've seen it a few times, it doesn't have staying power with me, enjoyed it a few time and Indian Jones I'm there too, it doesn't hold the enjoyment it once did, kinda like Mermaid @ the Studios.Quote:
1. Expedition Everest opened in 2006
2. Star Tours update: 2011
3. We may not like it but Lights! Motors! Action! in 2005
4. Toy Story Mania in 2008
5. Soarin' in 2005 (though that was transplanted from Cali)
6. The Seas with Nemo- 2004
7. Philarmagic 2003
8. Laugh Floor- 2007
10. Test Track
Now Test Track refurb maybe a good argument, maybe not. If like Space Mountain, they fail to fix the attraction operation issues could be a fail. Space had a long refurb and major queue modifications yet the attraction is down frequently and for hours at a time so the queue gets less use than it should. IF Disney can actually get TT to stop going down after the refurb then we can add it to the list of Refurb's sucessess. Star Tours too, just a different movie show during the similulator ride. Yes far better quality than Soarin currently is but still the same basic experience as before. I fear that for Test Track. HM, to me the best rework and queue. Nemo, I can't get on board with the excitement, a far cry from what it was originally just like entire Pavilion. The last Imagination refurb also a downgrade from the original and that goes for the entire pavilion. WoL, lost a lot in there. Bringing back EO as a replacement for Shrunk, a weak investment.
Phil, Crush and Laugh are both very cute. Very nice, low budget additions and perfect secondary additions. Tiki refurb? Empty most of the time. CoP, a classic, sadly neglected and not operating properly most times. Carpet ride! Cute also for little children, me, it doesn't draw my family, just kinda plopped in there. How about the Carnival addition at AK, carni games and Six Flags, poorly operating off the shelf coaster ride? That is a sad expansion of AK.
I can't get overly excited about Disney fixing broken attractions.
there are a few i might have missed... but I'm sure the argument will be that none of these were significant... yeh... 2 hour waits at TSM and Soarin are not relevant... and EE didn't help put people into AK...
FLE will be a wonderful addition. Again, glad Disney duplicated the Dark Ride for WDW. Coaster, will have to wait a few more years to see what WDW is getting and still can't get onboard for Snow being gone for a meet and greet. Disney could have done far better imagineering for a Snow replacement than a meet and greet.
And I agree, you can't compare Islands to the MK or DL. Those two parks are the crown jewels of themeparks. But I can compare Islands to DHS and AK. Islands half'd the attendance gap in one year. They are now trailing both DHS and AK by a small margin mainly because the Loyal Disney guests have opted to forfeit a day or two of Disney to hop instead to Islands. Epcots attendance has also dramatically dropped over the years and is only drawing a million more a year than either AK or DHS. I never would have predicted 10 years ago that Epcot could drop to near the level of AK! or AK would have more visitors and DHS.
And again I offer up the only question needed to respond to that post: So?
Let's just suppose that Universal one day overtakes WDW in attendance. So?
You know why it won't matter? Because Universal will never be able to match WDW in the most important way. Being WDW.
You actually made my point (and likely JNota's as well) when you said this:
Think carefully about the implications of this statement. It's like saying that during your week long vacation at Cape Cod you're going to take a day and drive over to Boston. All well and good, but Cape Cod is still your vacation destination.Quote:
They are now trailing both DHS and AK by a small margin mainly because the Loyal Disney guests have opted to forfeit a day or two of Disney to hop instead to Islands.
Also consider how many of those folks are still staying at Disney resorts while going to IoA for the day. IoA might be a fun diversion, but I've never met anyone that talked about planning their entire vacation around Universal.
I can't believe the board or shareholders will willingly accept as you imply, So? some guests stay at WDW resorts and just spend their vacation dollars at the Universal Parks. I still believe FLE was a quick response to the guests defecting for a day or two to Islands and Universal. Harry opened and has broken ground on the expanded expansion before Disney can open one of two attractions in FLE and can't count on the coaster until 2014. That has to gnaw at the board and shareholders that FLE had to be reworked before they could implement construction of FLE. Same with the Wharf and who the heck knows about the Avatar that has yet to have concept art let alone break ground. Nope, can't believe the board would continue accept this direction and embrace So.
Our family vacation were generally around two weeks to WDW. The last family vacation we took we stayed 4 nights at Universal and 7 nights at Disney. A deluxe hotel at Universal, the Portifino and POR, a moderate at Disney. So? I can't imagine Disney finding that acceptable and taking on the So mantra.
My hope is Cali and FLE is just the beginning of Disney reinvesting in their parks in a more significant way then the small scope they have over the last decade or so. One E, Everest for 4 parks left the door open for the competition. Broken down and E attractions in disrepair cannot be answered with a So? Time will tell if they learned their lesson or if you are correct about the so what attitude. Me, I'd go to the board with well thought out plans of action to stop the bleeding vs pitching your So philosophy.
This will be a softball right down the middle of the plate for you.
Guess how worried I am about the corporate profits of Disney?
this has drifted so far off topic it isn't funny.
That being said, perhaps it's best we let this old thread rest for a couple of years and then reboot it but make it really dark and action packed so everyone will love it. ;)
I'm not a character fan to begin with, but I honestly wouldn't enjoy seeing Marvel characters in the parks.