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    Attendance at Walt Disney World was down slightly for the year, but the turnout at Disneyland in California — which opened a "Cars"-themed attraction earlier this year — was strong enough to offset that decline and generate a 3 percent increase in domestic-park attendance, said Jay Rasulo, the company's senior executive vice president and chief financial officer. Domestic-hotel occupancy was down slightly for the year, to 78 percent, in part because of the opening this summer of Disney's Art of Animation Resort in Central Florida, which added almost 2,000 rooms to Disney World's inventory.
    http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/...ue-theme-parks

    So is this the clear indicator that TDO needs to invest and invest heavily into WDW?
    Last edited by KingEric; 11-09-2012, 06:06 AM. Reason: added source
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    Maybe...Cars Land is a pretty strong draw imho.
    For the love of Disney....:yea:

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      Or Avatarland will be our saving grace!
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        Re: Walt Disney World Attendance Down for 2012

        Originally posted by KingEric View Post
        Or Avatarland will be our saving grace!
        Still wish they would have planned Avatarland in DHS. DHS would have been a better home for this land since its a hodge podge of movie stuff. Bring Indyland to Animal Kingdom, Relocate the Indy stunt show and bring 2 attractions, one from DL and one from DLP and you got yourself a real Potter Swatter...

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          I am still crossing my fingers that they relocate the Festival of the Lion King and not simply close it. However I know contracts are not looking to get renewed by the cast there.

          I really want WDW to be the place of Broadway Caliber shows.
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            But Belle's Reading Rainbow and Mermaid was supposed to save us from DL AND Uni. Oh my...what EVER could have gone wrong. I thought guests LOVED 10yrs of marketing campaigns

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              Re: Walt Disney World Attendance Down for 2012

              Originally posted by KingEric View Post
              So is this the clear indicator that TDO needs to invest and invest heavily into WDW?
              I think just the opposite actually.. when they have to make statements saying all their increases in revenue were offset by higher operating costs... there is pressure to shy away from increasing operating costs.

              WDW already has several buns in the oven... I think we'll see a return of higher discounting and more marketing to try to boost things.

              ---------- Post added 11-09-2012 at 12:09 PM ----------

              Originally posted by KingEric View Post
              I am still crossing my fingers that they relocate the Festival of the Lion King and not simply close it. However I know contracts are not looking to get renewed by the cast there.
              They are having casting calls for the show next week... its not going away. Moved.. sure, but autions are Nov 12

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              • #8
                Re: Walt Disney World Attendance Down for 2012

                Seems unfair to use Art of Animation opening to effect the occupancy percentage for the year.. So unfair that I think they're using it as an excuse :P

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                • #9
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                  New FL should dramatically increase attendance. I know it doesn't seem like much... but people who haven't visited in 20+ years might find it a nice addition.

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                    Originally posted by JCSkipr79 View Post
                    But Belle's Reading Rainbow and Mermaid was supposed to save us from DL AND Uni. Oh my...what EVER could have gone wrong. I thought guests LOVED 10yrs of marketing campaigns
                    You're such a troll. Neither of those attractions are even open to the general public at this point. And these figures are for the fiscal year of 2012, which ended on September 29, almost two weeks before those attractions soft opened. Also, neither of those attractions were intended to "save us" from Universal. The only reason they were added were to increase capacity.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Walt Disney World Attendance Down for 2012

                      Howdy Pards,

                      Well...this seems easy to see...there is a direct relation between decreased attendance and increased prices. Many families are staying away as long as they can now...because they simply cannot afford not to stay away. I.E. Disney costs too much! Pure and simple.

                      Adios for now. Talk to ya on down the trail.

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                      • #12
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                        I agree that they have crossed the value proposition threshold
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                          Re: Walt Disney World Attendance Down for 2012

                          Before the new Fantasyland expansion the last major addition to The Magic Kingdom was Splash Mountain in 1992. Back then a one day ticket was $34 which is roughly $54 in today money. In reality a one day ticket is $89. This doesn't even take into account that before 2005 tickets never expired by default instead of being an added extra that needed to be purchased at an additional cost.

                          I guess everything has gotten more expensive than just adjustment for inflation, but it's a little hard to justify such an increase without really adding anything. Even the new big Fantasyland adds exactly zero attractions. The other parks are even worse. Epcot and Hollywood Studios actually offer less than they used to. The maintenance issue also does the opposite of justify the regular price increases which themselves have even gotten larger.
                          It bothers me when people selectively edit quotes to support whatever point they are trying to prove.
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                            Originally posted by Dapper Dan View Post
                            Before the new Fantasyland expansion the last major addition to The Magic Kingdom was Splash Mountain in 1992. Back then a one day ticket was $34 which is roughly $54 in today money. In reality a one day ticket is $89. This doesn't even take into account that before 2005 tickets never expired by default instead of being an added extra that needed to be purchased at an additional cost.

                            I guess everything has gotten more expensive than just adjustment for inflation, but it's a little hard to justify such an increase without really adding anything. Even the new big Fantasyland adds exactly zero attractions. The other parks are even worse. Epcot and Hollywood Studios actually offer less than they used to. The maintenance issue also does the opposite of justify the regular price increases which themselves have even gotten larger.
                            This! They are offering less for the price of more. They have not added anything major to MK since I was 3! Ridiculous. Prices continue to rise and offerings continue to drop in both count and quality. I'm surprised they don't have a marketing campaign out touting their brand new e-ticket in future world... Aka the lipstick on a pig test track 2.0. It was just a matter of time until the masses started to realize the quality has declined while the prices have just continued to steadily climb.
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                              Re: Walt Disney World Attendance Down for 2012

                              Originally posted by Dapper Dan View Post
                              Before the new Fantasyland expansion the last major addition to The Magic Kingdom was Splash Mountain in 1992. Back then a one day ticket was $34 which is roughly $54 in today money. In reality a one day ticket is $89. This doesn't even take into account that before 2005 tickets never expired by default instead of being an added extra that needed to be purchased at an additional cost.

                              I guess everything has gotten more expensive than just adjustment for inflation, but it's a little hard to justify such an increase without really adding anything. Even the new big Fantasyland adds exactly zero attractions. The other parks are even worse. Epcot and Hollywood Studios actually offer less than they used to. The maintenance issue also does the opposite of justify the regular price increases which themselves have even gotten larger.

                              Yeah I think that the general public is jumping off of the bandwagon before it goes over the cliff..

                              Personally I know next July for our weekend trip we're staying on property but not going to any of the parks, just not worth it in our opinion this is the second time I've gone and used our DVC membership in Florida and haven't gone to the parks for any amount of time, it doesn't hold the same draw as it once did. We still have fun, but we can enjoy ourselves just as much playing a round of golf(and save a couple of hundred bucks as well)
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