Judging from posts on this thread, there's a bit of excitement over the growing presence of Harry Potter in Universal's American parks.
I'm surprised the horrible Disney studios park next to Disneyland Paris is attracting as many people as it has been. This park needs a DCA makeover times two.
Raging Waters in San Dimas is in bad shape. It could use a new owner and three water coaster rides. I bet a really great, new, world-class water park in California could be #1. Help us, Schlitterbahn! You're our only hope! Well, Disney could top Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach with a Disneyland Resort water park with enough indoor rides to make it open year round, but, nah, better to spend that money on MagicBands.
Yay, free museums!
Vatican: "Blessed are the poor, unless you want to visit our museum. Then pay or feel a little uncomfortable. Hey, it's on you if you feel uncomfortable not making a donation." (I spent five years teaching at Catholic schools earning less than my public school counterparts. I'm entitled to kid the church. )
The western, midwestern, and southern American states have no museums in the international top 20. Stay classy, California.
The improvements in DCA will c o n t i n u e to cause attendance increases in 2013, 2014 and beyond. Or at least increase revenue if Disney's price increases continue to outpace inflation. (In recent years--like since the mid 80s--Disneyland Resort prices increased substantially more than inflation and American income levels. It's weird that this annual report doesn't get into revenues, but that would be like sports sections covering revenues. Not what we fans want.) A great development like WWoHP or Carsland can continue to increase attendance via word of mouth since some parents don't want their kids to feel left out of an awesome experience. I'm basing this on Universal Orlando, which might be a flawed comparison since after they opened the WWoHP, UO has kept improving dramatically. The Disneyland Resort might do this, but might not.
A large theme park with free or low admission (pay for the rides inside the park) in a large city in China or India could shoot to number one without being very impressive.
How lazy & greedy does Disney World have to be to start losing guests? Stay tuned.
MagicBands will be a real game changer! Everyone is thrilled by this exciting, incoming technology.
Where did you teach? My son is about to graduate from St Maria Goretti school in Long Beach and he's starting high school at St John Bosco this August. Might you be familiar?