You haven't actually ridden Transformers, have you? Spider-Man originally opened with this technology 13 years ago and it's still more advanced than any of Disney's ride systems. This was a pretty laughable analogy.
Heck, this isn't even Universal's most advanced attraction!
Toy Story Midway Mania?
Oooooh, so it's okay when Disney uses 3D, but not Universal. Gotcha. That makes perfect sense.
yep lol. star tours was done in 3d the same reason transformers was: the higher ups drank the 3D kool aid
transformers is not trying to do anything but bring people into our park. so far its succeeding
While this is ture and I am sure I am different from many other who go there but....for me as an AP for 3 years....there is just not enough to do there...
Most of the times I just go for 3 hours to rides some rides...see a how maybe or the tram and go. I don't always get food like I do at Disneyland since....there is less to do there and I don't have to be there All day like at Disneyland
And it also depends on your definition of "a threat". It certainly isn't going to affect the AP holders, because they already have that and most of them I'd gather will see Carsland sometime. What it could put a tiny dent in is that family that has one trip to an amusement park a year. And heck, for one day you can get an AP at USH for a lot less. So indirectly it will take some guests away, how many is what constitutes it as a threat or not.
So I've gone back and read the entire thread before adding my two cents in here, and I preface this with the admission that I am a Disney castmember and a Universal passholder, and probably have slight bias towards them both in their own ways, though I've tried to remove it and be as impartial as possible (as defensive as I am about Universal).
I agree with what's already been said regarding the emphasis that's been put on attendance versus money spent - the money spent in the park is far more important than how many people come through the turnstile. Money spins everything, and if more people come in but spend no money on in-park things like merchandise, food, and drink, nothing changes. Money is not really made on ticket sales, especially with the multitude of discount ticket options available on the internet, through ticket agencies, company discounts, etc. The real bulk of a theme park's profits come from food sales and merchandise. Now on the merchandise front, Universal has just added some pretty neat Transformers gear from the very cheap range to the very expensive range, and has already been selling through it very well from what I've observed and heard. With the elimination of the All You Can Eat Pass at USH, more money will have to be shelled out to eat in the park if you don't feel like walking down CityWalk instead.
Meanwhile over at Disney, food and merch is as powerful as it's always been, yes. But the increased ticket prices, especially for the annual pass, is going to hurt in some way eventually. It may not hurt attendance, because the brand power of Disney will always be there, but it may hurt merch and food sales, as some people stop spending on that just to afford the ticket price.
As for the ride itself - it's remarkable. There's nothing like it on the west coast, the execution was excellent, and the marketing has been pretty good too.
As others have said - it's not a threat, but it is a start. It encourages Disney to respond with something of their own, and while Cars Land and the DCA renovations are a good start, I think Disney still needs to get a little more in touch with their guests again. On the whole I think it's great to have more SoCal parks pushing forward with technology and really redefining what you can do with a ride. I want more healthy competition between the parks because in the end, the more they try to do to up the ante, the better off that the park-goers will be.
As an unmarried adult with no children and limited funds, I personally would rather go to Universal due to lower ticket / annual pass prices and the more adult-oriented CityWalk than pay higher amounts for a more crowded park that is more family/child oriented. That's my personal opinion and I can fully understand where and why others would rather have the reverse.
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