Re: Avatarland DOA?
I really believe Pandas would be a draw. I think Pandas would bring in visitors that have no interest in Disney.
And yes they are cheaper than a lot of expansions.
The problem is, how often will those same guests come to see those Pandas? AK's big problem is for a good chunk of guests they hop in and hop right out again usually to DHS. Disney's biggest problem with both DHS and AK is AK remains a half day park and for many DHS has also become a half day experience so many guests consolidate the two into one day and leave room to skip over to the Universal Property to take in a day or two of Harry and stuff.
Yes, there are still die heart Disney Fans that believe it is sacralige to leave Disney Property but the lure of Harry isn't something Disney seems to be able to beat down. Frankly, I don't think FLE will stop the skipping off to Harry, and with Universal having two additional expansion projects vertical currently, Disney is still pondering Avatar. Disney is getting great at start, stop, re-evaluate.
I don't believe the draw of Pandas will alter the AK/DHS consolidation day. The attendance figures are already jaded with counting the guests twice hopping between the two parks. I have enough faith in Disney that they recognize they need to keep their guests in these parks longer, not only to spend additional money in the parks but tap the guests for an additional day at least in their parks and the only way they are going to do that is to pack more attractions into those parks. As much as I personally would love to see pandas at AK, I'm hard pressed to say I'd stay in AK much longer than I do just because of the Pandas. I have a soft spot for them, but 20 minutes of staring and gazing, I'm done. Likely not to come back and gaze again at Pandas the same trip, but I have been known to pop in, ride Everest again and pop out to another park.
My last trip, I hit the MK 5 out of 6 days for something or other. (fairness, I had to be at the MK for my son to let me in on days he was working, closest park) but if that was AK, I would have gone through the turnstile and got on a a bus elsewhere. Disney needs to start a strategic plan for their parks, well thought out this time. Get out of that knee jerk, plug the bleeding hole decision making. They are intelligent enough to know they need major attractions to keep interest growing and they have to know that where many guests use to spend a day in Future World, it isn't happening now.
Last edited by HauntedGabe; 09-26-2012 at 01:41 AM.
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