Its obviouse that Disney has been attempting to turn DLR into a bonafide vacation destination for family tourists from all over the country, increasingly Texas and the Midwest, and the Pacific Rim. The DCA expansion was a big step in that direction. However, with the increasingly likely massive WDW expansion of Carsland and Star Wars to the studios, and Avatarland in AK, I cant think of a single reason anyone who could choose to vacation at either resort would choose DLR. With DLR being robbed of its 1 recent unique and amazing attraction in Carsland, as well as the ubelievable pull that will be Star Wars, possibly even bigger than Potter, DLR will be even more overshadowed than ever before. DLR was definitely making inroads into Texas, Denver, Chicagoland and elsewhere. With what WDW will be offering after expansion, I cant see anyway anybody from any of those areas could justify choosing DLR. Im a massive DLR homer who now lives in Texas, and I wouldnt even be able to justify taking my family to DLR over WDW.
I was hoping DLR was heading in the right direction and realy being put on the map with Carsland.
Now with WDW getting a cloned version of that, plus much more, while DLR contemplates a new ride or 2 over the next 5-7 years, Im afraid DLR will become even more of a locals park. I could see WDW pulling away people from out west in Seattle, Vancouver, Denver, Salt Lake, San Fransisco who usually take their families to DLR. Im talking about big spending DLR hotel vacationers.
With DLR not being able to have anything original anymore, it just realy doesnt have a chance. Star Wars is probably out of the mix as Disney will want that to be DHS exclusive for a very long time and DLR probably doesnt have the money to build another massively expensive land like they did with Carsland. Even if they did get it, it would be a clone and already exist elswhere.
I have to say I am getting increasingly dissappointed at TDA being ok with just standing pat with nothing of any significance in the plans while everyone else is going gangbusters.
When the dust settles, it just might be too late for DLR to ever be more than what it is right now.