(8/6/12) Now that the multi-year renovation for California Adventure has come to an end, and two thirds of the Hong Kong expansion complete, Disney is said to be looking into new ideas for the future for their parks all around the globe. This goes beyond the projects already under way like Shanghai Disneyland, the Avatar land at Animal Kingdom, the rebuild of Disney World’s Fantasyland or the rumored Ratatouille ride at Disney Studios Paris. From what I’m hearing, Disney is now looking into an even bigger picture. Bigger than just adding a new ride, they are now looking into adding whole lands (Marvel anyone?), renovating existing lands (hello Tomorrowland), and even taking a serious look into adding on entire extra theme parks to all of their resorts around the world, taking into consideration what would work best in each location, and not just trying to clone old ideas all over again. With a critical eye on the bigger picture once again, Imagineering is attempting to tie in themed retail and food selections into each project as well, as we’ve seen at Cars Land this year. It’s not enough to just Visit Disney anymore. They are looking into new ways so that every guest wont just see Disney, but eat it, buy it, wear it, smell it, live it, love every minute of it and take a piece of it home with them that will only make them want to come back for more.
All very interesting things and items. As much as I love going to WDW, they need to keep adding stuff. I know locals aren't the market for WDW, but they could definitely keep adding to their coffers by adding interesting things that draws locals and tourists year-round. The fact that TDO is worried now really confirms that something should be happening, especially at DHS. Which makes me as happy as could be. I think adding to Pixar Place is a good first step, but from there, I have no idea. It will be interesting, to say the least.So according to a certain spirit's latest post:
- TDO Has acknowledged things need to be done and they are "running scared".
- RSR is being looked at among other options for studios
- There's a strong push to get it started by next fiscal year, and finished before Avatar.
- This is also the reason Kathy Mangum is now living in Orlando
- Profits, hotel occupancy (as low as 60%), DME, DDP are all down with more cuts to come before any improvements (hours, dining, hotels, merch, all around).
- TDO and Burbank both pushing project.
That's the gist of it. A possible positive development in that at least they acknowledge that they can't just sit back and keep doing nothing. We'll see what happens, but this is at least good to hear.
Man, I felt the same exact way this past week. Whispers of "change" I discarded as wishful thinking. Yesterday's info was so illuminating.This is starting to mesh with some of the stuff I've been hearing. Thought the person I talk to was either crazy, misinformed, and/or spreading false rumors. No specifics, just that there are plans in motion now.