Today, Jeff asked a thought provoking question at the end of Dateline Disney World.
Do you like what you see so far with the Mine Train? Will it be able to hold a candle to Universal’s Diagon Alley from Harry Potter that is opening at roughly the same time?
This really got me thinking, and I'd like to take it a little bit further. What do you guys think, feel free to venture a little off topic if you feel it relevant. This is not about picking sides, its about me feeling you cant group these two amazing theme parks together.
Here was my response,
There’s a lot of talk about Disney / Universal openings and who will beat out who. The fact of the matter is, Disney is a totally different park then Universal. People go to the Magic Kingdom for exactly this type of ride and these types of themes (seven dwarfs mine train) . Sure, Disney can use another themed land. Avatar land will probably be Disney’s response to Harry Potter- not the one Mine Train ride, heck not even the Fantasy Land expansion a whole. The fantasy land expansion IMO was a much needed plus on the land. I’m not saying Avatar is what myself or anyone would have picked for Animal Kingdom, or any park- but the reality is that Disney knows what they’re doing. They’ve built the most successful theme parks in the world. Avatar land will continue to be critiqued, but I think without a doubt any major project Disney sets out to do will blow quite a few minds when its finished. Yes Universal is setting EXTREMELY fast time goals, and making them all -while still ending up with amazing products. An amazing accomplishment for them and there guests. Just think though, Avatar land is going to take a long time to build, maybe (hopefully) that means there are a lot of big ideas and great details surrounding them. You also have to remember Disney has much much more on their plates. Just in Florida Disney has
• Four theme parks
• Two water parks
• 23 resort hotels, including six Disney Vacation Club properties
• Championship golf courses
• Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex
• Downtown Disney
That’s a lot to maintain while continuing to build, imagine, and plus. That’s just it though, we all spend millions to keep Disney doing just that, keeping the Magic current, clean, and exciting. Disney does a great job making sure everyone can have a good time- age 1- 100, 1st visit or 100th…people are still left coming back. That is what will keep Disney topping theme park charts for probably as long at theme parks are still around. I love Universal, really its an amazing theme park. I could go on and on about all the great things there, but when it comes down to comparing the parks as wholes over Fantasy Land expansion, Avatar Land and Harry Potter expansion is just not an accurate comparison. Universal and Disney are SO very different in all aspects. Let me finish by saying, I hope this ” feud” of what park is better NEVER ends. Why? because that is exactly what keeps the parks striving to please all of us, theme park fanatics coming back for more!