The local market in CA is not the local market in FL. Disney wouldn't be chasing the market as hard as it does if they didn't feel it worthwhile, and you wouldn't be hit up at VERY frequent intervals at USH to up to AP unless there was a hard pile of evidence showing the value of a local, AP-enabled market. There are hundreds of thousands of cash-flush teenagers within easy bus distance alone. They buy trendy merch (I'm seeing Despicable Me Uni merch on the streets, been seeing Transformers since last year), they buy snacks, they buy millions in disposable trinkets and carnival game plays.
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SoCal is a very popular tourist destination even without Potter. Potter just makes the entire region that much more attractive.
We have a vastly different market with vastly different standards of living in the area. It's been a few years since I looked at the figures, but the Orlando area just doesn't have the population base.
LA does. It's why Disney caters to them. It's why Uni is starting to.
I read this on another Micechat thread: http://micechat.com/forums/universal...rts+restaurant
There may be an equivalent at work in other regions, but I VERY clearly remember nights in school where we'd head to Videopolis, buy dinner in-park, pick up a cheesy glowstick or three, buy something for the girlfriend and head home. The next night we'd do Knott's or some other park.
Teens have the cash. Why else would every facet of our popular culture seem to be devoted to separating them from it?
Well if local teenagers are so spoiled and rich why haven't their parents already taken them to Orlando to see Potter over there?
Fair enough, but this idea makes sense, if the place is big enough for all the demand.
I heard that from Jim Hill on a uni Podcast....but with the land that WWoHP has been given I dont see how it's possible. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
there is lots of talk of people flying overseas (austrailia, etc) to visit either california or orlando 'potterland'... but what about us neighbours to the north? orlando is very expensive for western canada to get to, wheras california is totally doable, still an expensive holiday, but vastly cheaper. my kids will probably be taken to disneyworld/universal orlando ONCE in their childhood... it's just too freakin' expensive to fly all the way over there.
having harry potter come to universal in california excites me... not only can i experience this attraction sooner (and i will come down for opening), but i can see it more often, and then i'll still be able to see what orlando has to offer when i go there in about 10 years.
Good because we like Canadians down here in Cali.