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  1. October82

    News Avatar Experience coming to Disneyland

    I think Disney doesn't especially care about capacity as long as average guest spend goes up. That's what matters to the bottomline. Do I think Avatar is a property that will do that? No, not especially. But I frequently have different views from Disney's accountants. As much as I want to agree...
  2. October82

    BTMRR’s final lift TNT effect has been shut off intentionally

    The mist effect is (I assume) mostly water vapor, which is transparent across big parts of the spectrum. Even if you placed the sensor directly behind the effect (why would you do that?), you shouldn't have any problems with false detections. Perhaps someone else knows more about intrusion...
  3. October82

    DisneylandForward

    An observation that many people miss when talking about public transit - countries like Denmark and the Netherlands are much more pleasant places to drive because people have alternative options. Cars are great for a lot of things, but they shouldn't be the only option.
  4. October82

    DisneylandForward

    Why do you think people would be forced to do anything? Changing zoning to allow developers to build things that aren't single family homes just means allowing the market to build what people do want to spend on. There's no one advocating for forcing people out of single family neighborhoods or...
  5. October82

    News Avatar Experience coming to Disneyland

    Disney has a mixed track record - at best - on prioritizing capacity. DHS is an obvious example of moving mainly laterally, but Star Wars Land at Disneyland traces its roots to efforts to add park capacity going back more than a decade. Even as a pure addition, it hasn't addressed the crowding...
  6. October82

    News Avatar Experience coming to Disneyland

    I agree with you. I also don't think Disney management really understands (or perhaps more accurately - cares) what makes a theme park more than a random collection of attractions, and perhaps more importantly, shops and restaurants. It seems like they (for better or worse) are rewarded for that...
  7. October82

    Tiana's Bayou Adventure: Disneyland Watch & Discussion

    A fun fact is that penguins sleep 11 hours a day, but rather than sleeping continuously, they take 'micro-naps' that last a few seconds each.
  8. October82

    Tiana's Bayou Adventure: Disneyland Watch & Discussion

    I have similar feelings. I think Princess and the Frog could be the basis of a great attraction. From what's been shown so far, this just doesn't look to be it.
  9. October82

    Tiana's Bayou Adventure: Disneyland Watch & Discussion

    Although my main criticism of GotG is that it replaced a classic attraction in a park that desperately needs them, I also find it a very poor use of the guardians IP. It only had a quick turnaround because almost nothing of substance was done in the conversion, leaving us with a disjointed mess...
  10. October82

    The Miscellaneous Thought Thread

    I don't know where I'd put IOA relative to the WDW parks, but it's probably the clear best IP-based theme park, and I don't think it's especially close. Also agree that (up until EU, at least), Universal has avoided a lot of the 'soft product' problems that Disney has across the domestic parks...
  11. October82

    The Miscellaneous Thought Thread

    The Excavator still seems like such a no-brainer to me.
  12. October82

    The Miscellaneous Thought Thread

    Possibly off topic, but I've always found it interesting how much of DCA 1.0 was warmed over Disney's America. Grizzly Peak, Bountiful Valley Farm, Paradise Pier, Condor Flats were all pretty much direct lifts. How Disney missed a Sunset Blvd or a San Francisco Bay Area in the style of the TDS...
  13. October82

    The Miscellaneous Thought Thread

    My only complaint with DAK is that there's not more of it. I've even warmed up to the idea of Dinoland even if the execution of it left something to be desired. The Zootopia/Indiana Jones rumors have me pretty worried for its future. Dinosaur is a unique and underrated attraction. Dinosaurs...
  14. October82

    The Miscellaneous Thought Thread

    I don't think the execution at DHS is poor by any means, it's just that rides set in the universe of the movies don't really work (for me) in theme parks that are about the making of the movies. It's hard to go from 'real world studio' to 'universe of Star Wars' just through a well executed...
  15. October82

    The Miscellaneous Thought Thread

    WDW's TSMM has a more extensive queue but the attraction is IMO a much better conceptual fit for the Pier. At DHS, it's just a random IP ride. So I'm biased towards the DCA version. My feelings towards Star Tours are similar. It works well enough for Tomorrowland and is pretty random for DHS...
  16. October82

    The Miscellaneous Thought Thread

    I'd say that's true of MK and Hollywood Studios. Even with the downward spiral of DCA, it's still somehow better than Hollywood Studios. The only really compelling reason to visit DHS is for Tower of Terror. Disneyland is far superior to the Magic Kingdom. What (little) remains of EPCOT Center...
  17. October82

    The Miscellaneous Thought Thread

    Disneyland's is based on rock formations in Utah while the others are intended to evoke those in Arizona to better fit in with the architecture of the Magic Kingdom's Frontierland.
  18. October82

    DisneylandForward

    Thanks for clarifying that parking is excluded. It's still important to emphasize that 'visitor attractions' isn't going to deliver transformative changes in Anaheim. We're really looking at expanded retail, lodging, and a handful of attractions at current WDI prices. While that is IMO...
  19. October82

    DisneylandForward

    I don't think there's any meaningful argument against allowing Disney to develop their property as they see fit, but I'd be remiss not to say that the barriers to development in southern california aren't that there aren't people willing to pay development costs, it's that development costs are...
  20. October82

    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    I'll come back to your comment about ROI in a moment, but I've highlighted the important part. Projected markets are not the same as current markets. Consumers can't react or purchase services that don't exist. The way you model whether people would use a new service is through demand modeling...
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