A recent article about Orlando parks marketshare prompted alot of talk about how Universal is owning Disney and taking away marketshare. My point was that Universal is growing the market and attendance at Magic Kingdom is continuing to rise in real numbers.
This leads to a bigger question, what is Disney's goal with respect to their parks, and I believe the answer is already evident.
MK: Disney's goal is to increase customer $ spent at their parks and baseline capacity (wider walkways, peoplemover rides, etc), not to splash money for new E-tickets that attract more crowds the Magic Kingdom can't handle.
AK: Its clear Animal Kingdom is seeing major upgrades to boost its attendance, see Avatar and night hours in an effort to increase nighttime capacity at WDW overall.
EP: Epcot continues to have strong attendance with little to no upgrades, why bother spending the cash?
HS: The only place I see Disney directly targeting the Universal/IOA demographic is with a potential major overhaul of Hollywood Studios. This could be the place Disney targets the young male demo.
We might conclude that Disney has decided they have a mature market and are not concerned with loss of marketshare as long as their attendance and profits continue to grow.