I am confused, is that list actual ratings, or ratings from readers of the site?
I agree! I worked hard on our recent trip to make sure we got some of those ride-at-night experiences. My family hands-down agreed that our favorite attraction at the parks was EE at night. Even C- and D- ticketers - KRR, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at USF - are thrilling at night. Only Test Track was the exception to this - that sudden shift from dark indoors to dark outdoors wasn't so dramatic!
Did they tell the cast??Pandora didn't do a whole lot to sell rooms this summer. They started offering extreme discounts to CMs back in April because the occupancy rates based on pre-booking was very soft.
Fall looks strong, but it always does. It's cheaper being not high season and it's festival season.
They underbuilt a great ride. It's successful in as much as they built a great themed area with one great ride and one so-so one. It is unsuccessful in that they could be satisfying more people with those attractions.On the last day of September wait times on FoP crested 240 minutes. Hard to imagine that isn’t success by some measure (even if the capacity is low).
Everyone that has recently returned from a trip can’t stop raving about it to me. So even in the non-message board sect, it is deemed a hit.
They underbuilt a great ride. It's successful in as much as they built a great themed area with one great ride and one so-so one. It is unsuccessful in that they could be satisfying more people with those attractions.
I think it's clear that FoP is a success, ride-wise. The question asked here is whether Pandora is a success from a financial perspective, meaning that it was worth the money to acquire the rights to Avatar. It doesn't seem to be drawing extra travelers to the parks, but it is bringing people to the AK. So my guess (and it's just a guess) is that it's viewed as not the huge success that they had been hoping for (by drawing new visitors), but also not a major failure (in that it's spreading the crowds out more from other parks). So it's accomplishing an overall goal for the future of the parks, but in a somewhat underwhelming way. Maybe kind of a wash?
Anecdotally, I can attest to that last portion. Everyone I know who has actually been to Pandora is eating the place (and especially Flight of Passage) up. The problem is, no one trusts that it’s going to be great until they see it for themselves. With Star Wars now two years or less away, and with Uni’s offerings pre-Nintendo looking the way they are, general consensus among my friends (who don’t already work at one or the other) is that now is the time to have a Uni pass, and that 2018/2019 is the time to go back to Disney.To answer the original question, it depends on who you ask, and their definition of success. TDO is quite pleased with how things panned out. Burbank, not so much.
TDO didn't want the project and it was forced on them by Burbank. The fact that it isn't driving up the resorts numbers tickles TDO. And they are pleased that it is drawing some of the crowds away from DHS. So TDO is happy.
Burbank, even though they saw the writing on the wall as the IP faded during the lengthy process of getting this thing built, were hoping the "Disney Base" would at least show up for it. Instead, it is a "We'll see it when we go next" type of thing. The Disney fans are excited about it, but not enough to plan an extra trip. I bet the Mickey ride actually drives more traffic to the resort than Pandora did.
great point and with international travel way down who really knows how bad WDW would ve had it this summer so an 8% increase in attendance is probably a good thingJust putting my two cents in. I went to AK last Tuesday and it was the most crowded I’ve ever seen it. And this is for a random day of the week in September. FoP never had wait times under 3 hours. Safari had close to 2 hour waits all day. There were times I could not move in the park. I have gone every year since the park opened and haven’t seen it that crowded ever. So the new attractions are absolutely driving up the attendance numbers.
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