TEA Theme Park Attendance Report

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Every year the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) releases their Theme Park Attendance Report. A report that shows the growth or losses in attendance of all major theme parks in the world. This time they do so with a big delay and a report full of errors. After looking at the report I wonder if this can be taken serious as some of the numbers don’t add up when looking at and comparing previous report. The main error is in some of the % related to growth and funnily enough the biggest mistake is related to the Disneyland Paris numbers. More on that can be found on DLP.Info where you’ll see the numbers of 2010 compared to the numbers of 2009.

For the rest of the report we can see some big chances when it comes to winners and losers. Unfortunately Disney is loosing some ground in the USA. While they still have the top spots on the lists, they have been surpassed by Asian parks and must be a little scared of a wizard that is giving a big boost to one of their competitors.

The Magic Kingdom is still number one on the list with 16.97 million visitors. This is down 1,5% from 2009. Disneyland is up 0,5% with 15.98 visitors and remains in second place. Tokyo Disneyland keeps its third place with 14.45 million visitors. This is 5,9% up from previous years. This is good news for Tokyo but we can expect a big decrease in next years report because of the tsunami disaster and the park being closed for an extended period of time because of this. Forth place goes to another growing park, Tokyo DisneySea. It had a growth of 5,5% with a total of 12.66 million visitors. Epcot is fifth with 10.83 Million visitors, a drop of 1,5%.

Next on the list is Disneyland Paris. However the placing ant visitors total should be correct, the percentages are way of. The same can be said for the Walt Disney Studios in Paris (19th in the ranking). (More on DLP.Info)

The biggest winner in the US is Island of Adventure. This will be no surprise to anybody as everybody expected this park to catapult big into a major attendance boosts once the Wizard Harry Potter opened his section of the park. The park gained 30,2% in attendance, boosting a visitors total to 5.95 million. It is important to know that the new section only opened during the last 2/3 of the years so it will be really interesting to see what a full year will do for the park.

Below the full list, including all other Disneyparks around the globe,  as published by TEA (including the errors) (more…)

New Show or New Location for Cirque du Soleil (Update)

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Sometimes a single sign can get you to start thinking. What would you think if you pass a room while walking through Disney’s Grand Californian hotel and notice that at the door of the room is a sign saying “WDI / Cirque du Soleil Meeting”. Lance from Screamscape saw this while visiting Disneyland in Anaheim, took a picture and placed it on twitpic. Let the rumors begin! Could it be that Cirque will get another theater in Disneyland, or is it a meeting to change the show in Walt Disney World? Both of these option have been rumors in the past, but we will not know as Walt Disney Imagineering will not let us find out. Not long after the picture of the sign got live on the web, the sign was removed and replaced with a generic one.

Good find from Screamscape. I can only hope they will not replace the La Nouba show as we still want to go and see it.

UPDATE: According to the latest update on Screamscape the meeting was for a new show in Hong Kong.

Grimm Fairy Tales in Walt Disney World (update)

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

I love Disney parks, love them! It’s one of the two hobby’s I have that I enjoy every single day. What is the other hobby? Comics! Love them too. So when you put them together I totally geek out. When Marvel came part of Disney I got really excited and could only see (hope) good things. Now there are a lot of other companies out there making some great stuff. One of them is Zenescope who have a monthly Grimm Fairy Tales comic book. Almost every month Zenescope bring out a couple of variant editions. A lot of the time these variants are related with Comic Conventions.

The latest convention edition will be the Megacon convention. This convention takes took place in Orange County Convention Center in Orlando as from February 17 to 19th 2012. Especially for this convention 2 variant covers of Zenescope will be offered. What is so special about these that we have to mention them on a Disney blog. Well, let the covers speak for themselves. (more…)

Happy New Year…

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

… and that all your Disney wishes may become reality.

We, the Mousekingdom team wishes everybody all the best for the new year with lot’s of Disney magic. Thank you for all your visits and support. We hope to see all of you back many times in 2011 to read and share the most magical Disney stories from around the world.

Happy New Year!

The Mousekingdom team

Let the Memories Begin

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Disney has announced their new campaign “Let the Memories Begin” via live feed from New York. Tom Staggs, Chairman of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, presented the campaign via this live feed that has just ended. The campaign will feature guests that will share their Disney memories inside the park and by using other media.

from press release

Disney PhotoPass photographers will capture guests caught up in the Disney experience – a memory in the making – and as many as 500 photos will be used in each location every day, producers estimate.

The nighttime show will use the latest in high-intensity projection technology to create vivid visuals that seem to defy the architecture of the building. A new song commissioned for the show will provide an emotional context for these images of the Disney guest experience.

Small World in California and the Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World will be the canvas for the projected pictures.

The new campaign is already presented on the Disney site too.

Harry Potter is Moving back to London

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

It looks like Harry Potter is moving back to London, England where the movies where taped. According to the news the film studios in Leavesden will be transformed to a real haven for the Harry Potter fan. No need to fly accross the ocean to visit Harry Potter in the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the Universal Studios Orlando anymore. Although the attractions will not be the same and the castle in the sunny Orlando weather might just look that “little bit” nicer too.

Warner Brothers will invest 82 million Euro for the new attractions. Work on the attraction could start this year. The rumors has been there before but according to the Daily Mail the project is now been given the green light. It was Rupert Grint, who played the character Ron Weasly in the movies, that spilled the news during a greet and meet event.

G.I. Joe is Going to Walt Disney World

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Fan of G.I. Joe don’t need to wait any longer, the 2011 G.I. Joe convention has a location and a date. In 2011, on March 31 to April 3, fans will be invited at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort to see their favorite action figure in… action!

Just like previous years you’ll get to chance to buy some Convention exclusive figures as well as meeting special guests. This well known Hasbro figure will bring some extra guests to the resort so start booking now if you want to be part of it. Make sure to add a couple of extra days to visit the Walt Disney World parks too.

Industry Trade Show Settles in Orlando

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

The yearly IAAPA or The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Trade Show will be held in Orlando for the next 10 years. While the show did go to other locations in the past, including Las Vegas, it did have shows planned in Orlando for the years with even numbers. Now the people behind the trade show and IAAPA decided to settle for Orlando every year, booking the convention center for the years with uneven numbers too. Bad news for Las Vegas, where some of these shows where planned to take place. (Via Orlando Sentinel)

The Trade show is the biggest show related to the amusement park and ride industry.

New Star Tours II Art

Monday, June 14th, 2010

A new picture from the announced Star Tours II attraction has been released by Disney. You see the skyline of Coruscant with a Starspeeder flying over it. It is said the new voyage will take you to many well known Star Wars locations. The new attraction will debut in 2011 in Disneyland Park in Anaheim and in the Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando.

Picture Copyrights Disney

Captain EO – more CONFIRMATIONS & Dates

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

As several readers (Thank You!) of the coverage for the return of “Captain EO” to Disneyland Paris on DLP.info have pointed out the official blog for the Disney Parks, operated by The Walt Disney Company, has just provided the  first official, public(!) confirmation for the return of “Captain EO” to both, EPCOT and Disneyland Paris!

The post event releases what at this point should be the official opening dates. Based on the blog guests of EPCOT will be able to visit Mickey Jackson fighting for peace and love as of July 2, while guests at Disneyland Paris only need to wait till June 12 (so even earlier than the prior rumored June 25 date). For Tokyo the opening according to the post is June 30, however, the official press release of Tokyo Disney Resort listed July 1st as opening date. (more…)

More offers for those stuck in Orlando

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

The flights in Europe are resuming but airlines expect it to take several days till regular operations will be fully established and all guests that were impacted by the air service interruption forced by the volcanic ash will finally be moved to their original destinations. In other words: there are still thousands of toruists worldwide stuck away from home. For those stuck in Orlando respectively the Orlando area the Tourism Bureau has collected a list of special offers as we already reported on Tuesday. In the meantime the list maintained by the bureau has grown substantially with new offers. And certainly there is something new for everyone interested in theme parks …

It all started with SeaWorld giving away free tickets for SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. In the usual game of reactions in the Orlando theme park business Disney matched the offer by SeaWorld and started offering free tickets as well (even so the offer was limited to just two dates). The only one missing in the game was the Universal Resort. But no need to be afraid – just as the three major theme park players react to each other’s price increases, Universal did react to the free theme park ticket offer for stuck international guests as well …

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Stuck in Orlando?

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

The volcanic ash that has been blown from Iceland across the northern half of Europe since the middle of last week has caused serious interruptions not only to the air traffic in Europe, but also to the holidays of thousands of vacationers across the globe. While many may end up missing their vacations somewhere in Europe due to the cancellation of their outbound flights at the start of the vacation (which most probably will also hurt Disneyland Paris in a year that is shaping up to be far from stellar so far) there are also thousands of Europeans stuck at their vacation destinations long past their original return date.

Being forced to extend their vacation indefinitely (as even once international flights to Europe will resume it will take up to a week according to current estimates till the regular flight schedule can be reestablished and most probably even longer till everyone has been moved back to their original destination) not only brings up the question what to do with the extra time to keep the mind of the problems caused (e.g. missed work etc.) and relieve the stress, but also the question how to finance the extra time away from home. The Orlando Tourism Bureau and its members have reacted to this by offering services and experiences to guests affected by the European air service interruptions for free or at greatly reduced rates. (more…)

Disney Annual Pass for all US parks

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Disney has announced what so many US Disney fans have asked for many years, an annual pass for all US Disney parks.

The Premium pass will cost $700 and will give guess the opportunity to visit all 4 Disney theme parks in Orlando, the two water parks and both Disney parks in Anaheim.

If you own annual passes for both parks you will automatically get the new premium pass.

Next step; an annual pass for all Disney theme parks globally. Too much? I know I would get one…

Via Orlando Sentinel

SeaWorld Trainer Killed

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

In what seems to be an accidental death a 16 year veteran SeaWorld trainer has died during one of the live shows in SeaWorld. The victum is identified as 40 year old Dawn Brancheau. Investigation is under way to find out the cause of the incident. According to first witnesses the trainer was pulled into the water by one of the killer whales who then started to shake her violently forth and back. It was Tilikum a nearly 30-year-old, 12,300-pound bull orca who dragged Dawn into the water. This was the third death cause by Tilikum. In 1991 he was blamed for a 1991 drowning of a trainer in Sealand of the Pacific in British Columbia and in 1999 a death body of a man was found lying across his back.

The Mousekingdom Blog team would like to express their condolences to the  family, friends and all the co-workers at Seaworld.

More about the incident on Orlando Sentinel.
Photo gallery of Seaworld from Orlando Sentinel.

Disney’s Super Bowl Commercials

Monday, February 8th, 2010

If you didn’t see the Super Bowl (or couldn’t watch it) last weekend you will also have missed the commercials everybody always talks about. If you missed them or want to see them again you can visit the official NFL homepage where you’ll find all commercials. For the Disney fans you’ll get to see the Prince of Persia and the Alice in Wonderland among the many other fun collection of commercials. No Walt Disney World commercial but you do get an inviting look at Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Picture Copyrights; Disney