This is not a thread about do you like or dislike DCA, its about was it ever needed in the first place. I admit that ppl have put hard wprk into it and that it has some great attractions and that the D Co. has spent a ton of money on it. That outta the way lets look at this idea verus a upgraded DL.
Michael Eisner had many schemes on how to make quick money for the D Co. almost every single one did start to pay the debt of its creation at first but in the end started bleeding from the nose. He was very good at taking someone else work and trying to make money off it, his best was selling of animated classic's on vhs/dvd, but almost everything else he touched was a wreck. He saw a stagnet park and not being a DisneyLand fan saw Dollars in changing it into a WDW Ca. version instead of the possiblities brought to him by WDI Jim Hill : The Disneyland expansion plan that never happened (one set of many great idea's)
He felt the way to go was more gates even though after the opening of the indy ride the park had its highest attendance of 15 million and that was with more than half of TomorrowLand closed.
So the idea of making a vaction spot out of the DL area by having more hotel rooms and a board walk with a new park, was his goal. Did anyone ever think even for a minute that by adding onto this park(plenty of room in many of the lands and the WDI expansion on Main Street) that this park could have met these goals without another park and could have saved a ton of money while bringing in a ton more profit?
Lets look at the cold hard facts of DCA being built as compared to DL bing upgraded.
DL proved by attendance(15 million 1996, which is more than its brought in since dca was built) that building of newer "E" attractions did and would bring in more guests even with parts of the park closed and in disrepear, WDI already had plans on how to handle more traffic in the park, with more upgraded lands and new area's built DL could easy have handled and brought in 16 million or more guests. With special shows playing on different nights instead of everything in one night( for instance, Fantasmic one night and Electrical Parade, Fireworks the next night) plus added attractions and increased lands it would have taken 2 or 3 days to see everything, hence making it a multi day park.
DCA has shown to date that by attendance levels that it can't bring park attendance even up to the levels of 1996 even with the 1 million ap holders. Sure ppl will go into this park since there going for free(Ap) but the park has shown to those that pay for a ticket its no draw, they may buy a parkhopper ticket but their not coming for this park.
AP, does it fix not upgrading DL and building DCA? During the holidays, day before thanksgiving, it was reprted that 64,000 had shown up. Of that huge number, nearly 40,000 were Ap holders. So i'm sure at least 2/3 of those AP's went to DCA but yet that doesn't really matter does it? The DLR is showing increase in attendance while having a decrease in revenue, so what that says is, the AP is causing overcrowding of the park and parking problems while decreasing revenue and making for worse expeience for day ticket buyers.
There was a chance to really do something that was already on the plate and was already proven to be what DL fans wanted but it was shoved aside for what was thought to be a big revenue maker for the Co. instead every gimic they can think of has been employed and not one has worked the magic they had hoped for, sometimes staying on the path isn't just the easiest thing its the best thing.
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Why bring up HP? Well first off i hope you understand that if this new HP land is any good at all then WDW is gonna be in a big huge hurt, but hey ive never been to WDW because EPCOT is as much of a draw to me as DCA is. The real deal here is if HP comes to California what it will do to a stagnat DL and underachiving DCA. DCA seems to be happy to try and get 5 or 10 thousand $25.00 admissions a day for a whole park where ar the HP Museum show which gets higher attendance at $26.00 a visit . . . and my point here is if HP ends up being huge in Florida then why wouldn't it come to California? remeber who wanted to buy out Disney? It was Comcast the now owner of Universal Studios, I can just bet that Comcast won't be pulling any punches on putting a hurt to Disney any way it can.
So look at the future here in California, failed to keep on track with DL, failed with new gate(DCA), failed attempt at revenue buy selling cheap AP passes, new owner of Universal Studios and Harry Potter that could be a giant killer for theme parks and if thats the case why would it not come here to Ca.
I do believe that the shareholders would axe the parks if they lost too much money(its a business with shreholders, come on they almost sold out to Comcast before) and keep movies and Disney Stores to sell their merchandise which is where their real profits come from.
Disney has for some time been the leader in one area which is buying up businesses more clevor than themselves and maketing their products and there is one Co. they better buy up before Comcast does because it could be the Co. to save their parks and be a Harry Potter killer . . . Summit Entertainment. I say buy them now, and yes take out the few good attractions from DCA and put them into DL and do all the DL improvements WDI suggested over the years, now bulldoze the rest of DCA , build an entire TWILIGHT park and have it done by 2012. That would make for a vaction like no other for ppl of all ages, you would need more hotel then of course.