I already mentioned this in the topic about annual attendance numbers, but at that point bit was not the main topic. I would like to address it here though.
It is not hard to see that the Disney theme parks are among the most successful in the world, popularity-wise. They still hold the top spots in attendance numbers.
Now this is no coincidence of course. They offer a top-quality producrt (except of course, the WDS and perhaps DCA. Thinking of which, people need to quit bashing DCA. It is not superb but visit the WDS and you'll start loving DCA. But I disgress.)
Anywho...I can't help but wonder, how much of Disney's success comes from their name and the huge impact it has on overall entertainment? I mean, what if someone would build a park in an urban area, like Disney, with the same quality or perhaps even better. I am convinced they would not get over 10 million visitors. But how far could they come? 3, 4 million, 5 perhaps? In other words: What percentage of Disneyland's success is in the name and what part in the actual quality of the product. As a certain highly-respected person ( ) usually says: Your thoughts?