Disney fans on this website seem to get upset whenever kudos are cast towards Universal from fans making positive comments on the capital improvements Universal has made at their resort over the past three years. Now, after reading this article from today's Orlando Sentinel, I can only conclude that Iger and Company are having trouble digesting their lunches today because they know that a "theme parks arm race" of sorts has now officially been launched by Universal.
In short, Universal is stating that each year one of their theme parks in Florida as well as USH in California will open a new "D" or "E" ticket attraction on an annual basis. On top of this, Universal Florida is intending to build or expand new resorts on their property to the tune of 6000 to 11,000 more hotel rooms. This news has got to give Disney night tremors!!!
More at the link: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/busin...,7922928.storyUniversal Orlando is likely to add thousands more hotel rooms in coming years as Central Florida's No. 2 theme-park resort continues an aggressive expansion, a top executive said Wednesday.
"We've done a study that says we could have 10,000 or 15,000 hotel rooms and still have occupancy that makes those rooms profitable," NBCUniversal President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Burke told investment analysts at a conference in Beverly Hills, Calif.
This just implies that water parks, whole new lands, and other engaging entertainment experiences are in the works. I have to be honest, I'm excited to see what they can actually pull off and imagine Disney's reaction. Soon, it's going to be very hard for Disney to pull of selling rooms at the Polynesian for $600 night during the non-peak month of September when Universal has 4 brand spanking new resorts up the road with 4 new E tickets having recently been installed.
Go ahead Disney, focus on keeping the status quo and continue adding interactive games and Princess Meet and Greets and plussing your queues so they move at snail's pace now. Come up with some more 3D films and spinner attractions for your parks. Tease us with the Avatar franchise for three years, the Star Wars franchise for nearly one, and Marvel for two years but continue your analysis paralysis? Yes, give us Disney Springs and Glow Hats and a kiddie coaster that took three years to build. Unbelievable!!!