It's less humid here.
It's less humid here.
I think the 7 million attendance figure for the year will probably mean the end to any expansion for awhile. Spending 3 to 4 billion just to get 50% of DL's attendance has to be pretty disappointing and dropping another 3 billion for a fraction of DCA's attendance would just be silly.
I think they will expand someday, but they have to create a concept that will work for a locals oriented resort. Building more gates works in Florida, but it won't work here. They might want to try something like a boutique park (based on marvel or Star Wars most likely), but that too would be pretty risky.
DCA would need to extend down to where the 7 Eleven is now. And kitty-corner to the southeast, Disney would need to buy the abandoned property at the other corner. It's do-able.
Let's not forget that WDW has the room to expand where DLR does not. I cannot see DLR ever getting to the level of WDW simply because they're jammed packed inside a tight Orange County city with very little breathing room. And though I've left the area before DLR's expansion was finished, didn't they just swallow up the last bit of unoccupied space on their entire property with the completion of Cars Land? That area was the last & final piece of the original parking lot. I was at least still living there in Anaheim when that section closed before construction started. I remember that being the end of an era.
True but for the right price, Disney can get all the land it needs in OC. It's not as if the resort is bound by Veterans Cemeteries on the periphery. Or even valuable real estate investments, it's mostly lowrise and low rent in the surrounding area.
Case in point: We just returned from Disneyland in April. We are extremely lucky to have a connection with an accommodation close-by. Basically free to stay for 5 days. It still cost us - a family of 5 - $3000 to go, including groceries, airfare, park tickets and everything. Not pocket change for us (or most people for that matter, I suspect), but doable every couple of years.
When we got back, I had Disney adrenaline running through me and immediately started costing out a WDW vacation. Same 5 day stay and same connection for next-to-nothing accommodation. It gets to roughly $7000. Obviously, we can't go to Florida without seeing USO and Harry Potter so add another $800 or so for 2-3 more days and it starts to close in on a whopping $8000!!!:eek: Most of this cost is airfare, so distance is a huge factor. I have been there before, but only because we lived in Georgia for a time and drove down, so I know what I am missing. Still hard to justify.
In the end, would I like to be able to go every year? Sure! But Disneyland will still get to the top of the vacation list first and I am confident that they are not going to sit back and let the world go by. Good stuff will happen there too!
But the question is, is it really fair in this struggling economy to put those businesses out of business? It definitely wouldn't help Disney escape their reputation as a greedy money corporation. It was easy for Walt to put it there, there was nothing there in the beginning except an orange grove. He planted a seed, it grew into this large tree, and everything was drawn to it like bees to honey. One way to put it is its like ivy. One little sprout and it expanded everywhere, but its reaching the end of the wall with not much room left to grow. Now you just have to trim here and there to keep it healthy.
Who cares if the DLR never becomes a vacation destination? It's not even supposed to be like WDW, and it never will be, due to its size. The DLR is an attraction, and California is the destination. That's most likely how it's always going to be.
I should build a large bed & breakfast nearby WDW just for my fellow mice chat minions, so they have an inexpensive place to stay while they visit the resorts. Of course, that's just fantasy speaking. ;)
Transportation costs are going to be the deciding factor for most people now that the days of cheap airfare are over. And we won't get into the other things such as weather and time difference. It's brutal trying to wake up in time for rope drop at WDW if you're from the West Coast.
I think spending some money in Florida can only be a good thing. California has had large sums of money spent on over the past decade while WDW is basically rotting.
Yes I'd like to see something different and new but any improvement is better than none.
As for the resort question Disneyland will never rival WDW there just isn't the land. It will always be a theme park centre with shops and a few hotels, not the big Florida resorts, water parks, golf etc and I think that's how it should be.
Im happy with things as they are and there is plenty which can be done before park no 3. Conneting the new park to the rest of the resort should be relatively simple and could be an attraction in itself if they use a monorail or peoplemover.
They did spend money over in Florida, and they still are. Its called the Fantasyland Expansion. And it's still being worked on. One project at a time for them. I think once that's done, they may focus to "other speculated projects" such as Star Wars or Avatar themed attractions/parks.