Well now ya know…it don’t take a rocket scientist to understand that the reason attendance at Disney theme Parks like the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios is down is because PRICES ARE UP! Disney may have some coorporate executive with a chart saying we can raise prices again…but, let me tell ya most Moms and Dads have budget charts that reflect entirely different facts and figures. The facts on those charts clearly show that Disney is pricing itself out of it’s own market!
Disney is sending folks to other parks…to more affordable parks.
Compare Universal’s Annual Pass with Disney’s…and, of course Hogwarts looks far more attractive than construction walls at Disney.
Walt would have seen this problem years ago…and FIXED IT. The most important thing to Walt was PEOPLE…not profit lines. And because of that image…profit lines grew by leaps and bounds.
It is a fact that Disney has image problems. Instead of a family friendly company…the image it used to have…Disney’s corporate offices
today are looked on much the same as Mr. Potter’s Bank from
“It’s A Wonderful Life”…cold, calculating, and profit centered…
15 people could have walked through the gates at Disneyland on opening day for the same price that it costs to PARK YOUR CAR for one day at Disney World today!
In fact, it will cost your car $105 for seven days “vacation” in the
“sunny” Disney Parking lots before you and your family even get to the
gates of the parks, unless you are staying at a Disney hotel…which are also way, way overpriced…
I love Disney’s legacy…the things Walt brought into our world…but,
like Walt Disney himself, I have no love for banks…and no love for corporate greed.
I believe that if Disney were to LOWER it’s prices both attendance AND profits would go up…way up. Because all of us still WANT to believe in the things Walt Disney and his company used to stand for…
yes we want to be in those Disney Parks…all of us…rich and poor.
Disney is still deep in our hearts…even if the new corporate executives are pricing things off our financial wall charts…
Meanwhile that Butterbeer and Pumpkin Juice over there in Hogsmeade tastes mighty fine…
Adios for now. Talk to ya on down the trail.
Wild Ol’ Dan
You can’t say Disney raising prices is the only thing contributing because the prices at Disneyland went up but the attendance also went up. So i don’t think the prices are the reason attendance fell at WDW i think it’s because competition in the Orlando area got stiffer. While in SoCal it did not.
The Sustained Power of the Boy Wizard…
Did you notice those figures in Ricky’s Report? Islands of Adventure attendance up by 30.2 percent! That is almost a ONE THIRD increase! And
I don’t believe the popularity of all things Harry Potter is gonna fade anytime in the near future. Not with the huge and final movie coming out next month. And now…something mysterious…”the owls are gathering” for a special announcement from J.K. Rowling herself about an all new thing that is being called “POTTERMORE”.
I believe the real magic of Harry Potter and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter can be found in the delightful details…
I just recently returned from 15 days of visiting Hogsmeade and Hogwarts. I can report that the minute the gates to Islands of Adventure open most guests make a B line to the Wizarding World!
I had lunch in the Three Broomsticks every one of those days, and I can report that, if you look up while enjoying lunch, you might well see the shadow of a House Elf hard at work upstairs, or the shadow of an owl delivering a letter, or the shadow of an enchanted broom and dust cloth busily cleaning all by themselves. And if anyone can tell me how that wand is floating in mid air over that pillow in the window of Ollivander’s…I’d sure like to know.
I’ve stood in Dumbledore’s office and listened in amazement as he welcomed Muggles to Hogwarts…I’ve watched Ron make it snow in the Defense Against the Dark Arts Classroom…and I’ve enjoyed both Pumpkin Juice and Butterbeer while relaxing at the tables behind the Hogs Head Pub.
And I’ve enjoyed the unbelievable adventure of flying with Harry over
Hogwarts dodgin’ dragons and spiders and dementors…
All this and so much more will keep muggles coming back time and time again…especially when they figure out that buying an Annual Pass
is the way to go…no parking fees and…I saved well over $60 by using my AAA card at the Three Broomsticks and throughout Hogwmeade during my 15 day visit…
The point of all this is that the magic of Harry Potter is growing
stronger…not weaker. I don’t believe that even the folks at Universal could have anticipated the real power of the Boy Wizard.
What a truly wonderful thing it is to escape into Harry’s world…
chocolate frogs and all…
Harry’s magic is like a magnet drawing in muggles from far and wide…
I know…I’m one of them…and I’ve stood in line with a whole bunch of others…
Dude, calm down…
Calm down? O.K…good advice. Thanks.
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