Will Disney Buy Out Universal?

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

The moment Disney bought Marvel people started to speculate what would happen with the Marvel Park section of Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Now a rumor is floating around that Disney is looking at offering Universal a buy out on the franchise use rights. Disney already bought back the rights of some of the franchise from Paramount and with it the distribution rights of Avengers and Iron Man 3. It’s a rumor at the moment, but it would make sense and I see this happening in the future. Universal could well agree on this as they might want to break anything that binds them to Disney and avoid to pay royalties for the use of the Marvel name in their park. While I would hate to see the Marvel part leave Island of Adventures, I would welcome a complete Marvel park made on Disney domain. I know there are people that would not like this but if you like it or not, Disney is a company and a complete Marvel park would bring in a lot of people (if not done on the cheap with A+ E-ticket rides) and make them money. (more…)

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…)

Trouble for Disneyland Shanghai?

Monday, November 30th, 2009

mickey1.jpgThe project has been approved  and the plans for the first phase are ready. This first phase will have a feisty price tag of $3.6 billion. You might think this could buy you a lot, but it will not get you a “big” first gate. The first gate will only be 116 hectares big, this is 10 hectares smaller than the Hong Kong Park. This will make the Shanghai park the smallest of all Disney parks yet. Remember the trouble the Hong Kong park went true in the beginning; to small, not enough rides, only a half day park…

Hong Kong has proven that a small Disney park doesn’t work and will only give the company trouble. People will leave the small park wanting more, but will not return because they where disappointed the first time. Unfortunately I think history will repeat itself if Disney doesn’t change their plans by learning from the Hong Kong parks. The park needs to be big and full of Disney attractions to get the people into it. Have a look at Tokyo and its DisneySea. Quality brings in people and brings in the needed cash to make it a success. I am worried that making yet another “small” park, Disney will yet again loose on their investment. (I just hope I’m wrong)

Captain EO Limited

Friday, November 27th, 2009

In a rumor we posted not to long ago we already mentioned the possible return of Michael Jackson’s Captain EO. Another rumor floating on the web says that the returning experience would be a limited run at Disneyland and not a long term return of this Disney Park classic. (via Screamscape)

Let’s hope that the limited run doesn’t stop to early. It would be a shame for the fans if they had to miss out on the opportunity to see this again because the time frame is to narrow.

Shanghai Disney Park approved by China

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

The new Disney Theme Park for Shanghai has been approved by China’s planning agency. With the approval China and Disney can now start working on the final details of the new project for the city’s eastern Pudang district.

“China is one of the most dynamic, exciting and important countries in the world, and this approval marks a very significant milestone for The Walt Disney Company in mainland China,” Robert A. Iger, president and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, said in a statement.

The first phase of the project will include a Magic Kingdom style park but with characteristic tailored to the Shanghai region and China. There is no time frame set to when the park will open its gates but the investment is set for $3,6 billion for the 4 square mile park. However a Shanghai based Disney executive said that the deal is not final yet and final negotiations could last several months. But Disney says that the approval will allow both sides to move forwards to a final agreement.

Disney Shanghai Official Announcement?

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

President Barack Obama will be visiting China next month and according to Reuters this might be the right time for Disney to announce their Shanghai project.

Anticipation is riding high that good news on Disney will be timed to coincide with Obama’s visit to China from November 15 to 18 — granting Disney its decade-old wish to locate a theme park on the mainland of the world’s most populous country. (Reuters)

The park is said to cost $3,6 billion and would include a large main gate and a hotel complex. Investors seem to believe the project will get green lighted as those companies involved in building the resort are seeing their shares go up in value.

Marvel Characters at Walt Disney World

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

UXM342This is like heaven to me! Disney and Marvel comics, my two big hobbies. So I am a little excited about Disney acquiring Marvel. With Universal having the rights to use the characters in the park, Disney might be looking to fill some loop holes so they can use the characters too. According to rumors on Screamscape we might get Marvel characters at the park in some limited way. With the success of Star Wars weekends, Disney might be using the Marvel universe in the same way and will add some sort of special Marvel event to the parks. Sounds like fun to me. I wonder if the comics characters will find their way into the special event or if Disney will get the movie variants into the park. Could they get some of the actors of the many Marvel movies to participate during these events? We will have to wait and see.

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Prices UP for Disneyland Too

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Disneyland in Anaheim has raised their ticket prices too (see Walt Disney World Ticket Price going UP!). A one day adult pass will now set you back $72 and a one day child pass will be available for $62. That’s $3 up for each ticket.

Did you know that in 1981 you could buy a Disneyland Ticket for $10,75…

Future Fantasyland Blueprint

Monday, July 20th, 2009

FantasylandBleuprint1Plans have leaked on the internet regarding big changes for Fantasyland. While the classic ride will remain in Fantasyland, there is a lot of new stuff to be found on the plans too. One popular ride, with queue reaching boiling limited of every parent, will even get a twin. Dumbo ride will be cloned in the park to shorten the waiting time for those kids that won’t take a “no” for an answer when it come to riding the beloved attraction. The twin ride will be moved to the back of the park and will be part of a complete change of the Toon Town area. Dumbo will also take over the train station. The Barnstormer Coaster will be the only ride remaining (but could it be turned into the rumored Seven Dwarfs Mine Train), all other Toon Town attractions and buildings will have to make place for new stuff. One of the main themes will be Pixie Hollow with meet and greet area and a playzone.

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Dad’s at Disneyland

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

dl-mandmIt’s not the first time I tell people Disney isn’t just for kids, and I guess it will not be the last time either. Not only do I convince people of this fact some don’t understand, but once I get some adult to tag along with me in a Disney park they really see what I and those other adult Disney fans are talking about. Adults can have fun too! I have been in Disneyland Paris on my own on many occasions and have been the Walt Disney World a couple of time with a friend too. We are not the only once who think it is possible, just like two Disney adventures sharing their magic on the web.

And why can’t a couple of dads in their 40s have a blast at the so-called Happiest Place on Earth? (Kentucky.com)

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Tomorrowland: The Movie

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

tomorrowland1Screenwriters Jon Lucas and Scott Moore talked about the upcoming “Tomorrowland” movie project staring Dwayne “The Rock Johnson. The finished a first draft of the script.

The story takes place about 350 years in the future where everything is great and perfect until a test pilot from the past (or our time) is being shot into the future where they think he is the bad guy and is coming from the past to destroy everything.

You can read the full interview with the two screenwriters here!

Attraction Attendance Report

Friday, April 17th, 2009

wdw-nice-castle2008 has not been the best year for the theme park around the world. Parks have seen their attendance and guest spending drop. The 2008 Attraction Attendance Report from TEA ERA shows a clear picture on 2008 and it’s, mainly losses of guests for some of the big names in the business.

In the 2008 top 20 of highest attendance in Theme Parks of North America you have the Magic Kingdom on top again. It closed the year with 17,063,000 visitors. They should be happy about that, even if that number is no improvement from last year, during these dark times of recession that isn’t the worst result. On the second place we find Disneyland with 14,721,000 visitors, a drop of 1% from the previous year. Epcot, just like the Magic Kingdom, also didn’t loose or gained any more visitors then the previous year, with a count of 10,935,000 visitors. Epcot got third place.

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Happy Birthday from Disney to you

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

The Walt Disney Parks and Resorts department announced today that if you come to a national Disney park (Walt Disney World or Disneyland) on your birthday, you’ll get your day ticket for free. This is part of the new campaign “What will you celebrate?” that will kick of in 2009. While Disney already has a big chunk of the birthday cake from people like me, who love to celebrate inside a park for their birthday, they will now get even more people to visit the park.

This is one great move by the Disney company as the free Birthday boy or girl will bring in more cash then Disney would loose on giving away the ticket. The birthday person might be in for free, but who wants to celebrate alone? So there comes the rest of the family and friends!

I can already see an increase in sales on birthday cakes and special birthday gifts… And it is easy to say “I got my ticket for free, so I can buy an extra Disney gift for myself with the money I saved”. Brilliant move by Disney.

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Earthquake

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Yesterday an 5.4 earthquake rippled across Orange County forcing all Disneyland Resort attraction to evacuate and close. There where no injuries or damages. A full coverage can be found on OC Register

The quake was centered about five miles northeast of Yorba Linda, made buildings shudder in downtown Los Angeles, and was felt as far away as Las Vegas. (OC Register)

Private DisneySea Visit

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

It would be a dream of many Disney fans; Having one of the Disney parks opened just for yourself (and you family). During the 25th anniversary of Tokyo Disneyland one family was lucky enough to be picked out of 1609 families who all submitted applications to be able to visit the park privately. Not even Michael Jackson had the whole park to himself when he visited…

In 1987, when singer Michael Jackson visited the park, people were barred from entering some facilities. But the anniversary event was the first time that the entire facility at Tokyo DisneySea or Tokyo Disneyland was reserved for only one family or individual… (Yomiuri)