Universal's success in Orlando can't even be quantified anymore. At this point what they've done is not only create great experiences for guests at their resort, but become a true competitor in a market where Disney really didn't have much competition until Hogsmeade opened. Only 7 years ago.And yet again- all Disney fanboys will laugh at universal instead of Hank them for finally holding Disneys feet to the fire.
This park has many many issues, so I wouldn't expect construction to be a good sign of expansion.This could all be a false alarm. Apparently the dirt pile the person took a pic of has been like that for well over a year and there are no permits to point towards expansion either.
The fact this hasn't been reported and shouted from the tops of mountains says a lot about the focus the water parks get. WOW.EDIT: Back to Blizzard Beach, I think it's worth mentioning that Runoff Rapids, which consists of 3 separate tube slides, has been closed since late January with no re-open in sight (keep in mind that Blizzard Beach reopened from it's 3-month refurb in January).
There has been no work done in the way of fixing these slides since then and supposedly they may not even be fixable. The foundations of the slides are in very rough shape, so while the park could be seeing an expansion, it's also possible that it just ends up as a replacement more or less if they have to tear down these slides.
Disney tries their best to give them as little focus as possible. The 10-5 hours this summer says a lot. The world's busiest water parks shouldn't have the bare minimum operating hours.The fact this hasn't been reported and shouted from the tops of mountains says a lot about the focus the water parks get. WOW.
The minimal hours says a lot of what they think of the customers. They know people will continue to come no matter what so they save money by reducing the time they spend in the park while raising the price of admission.Combined, they're the most attended by a mile. This isn't a "park hopper" issue where they count all clicks. I mean, people aren't hopping water parks in same day most likely- so that's a TON of people to be rolling through there with such minimal hours.
Regarding the potential expansion, agree, false alarm- although if attendence is affected- this could easily be pre-emptive clearing for the offseason.
Disney's been mostly getting their new slides from Whitewater West so they'd need to work with ProSlide.Crush n Gusher is about the most plain, uninspired waterslide (layout wise) that I can think of. Disney needs a Teamboat Springs type hydromagnetic mammoth slide, and they also need to fix their innertube slides (which are arguably the best rides in the entire park). Shame to see they're letting things rot away like this, must be some serious issues that they're dealing with.