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Magic Kingdom 50th Anniversary Plans

WildernessLodge

Well-Known Member
I agree. I think a huge makeover of the castle is brilliant.

I also hope that they will start doing seasonal overlays more frequently. I would love a Nightmare Before Christmas overlay of Square Liberty for the last few months of the year, but I would not be surprised if many people would hate that.

Just give the Nightmare Before Christmas a land already!

Disneyland just kills us on anything seasonal, refurbishments, or maintenance. Please TDO beat Disneyland at its own game.
I LOVE OVERLAYS!!!
 

Janir

Well-Known Member
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A theme park reviewing site I visit claims there is no competition between Disney and Universal. Someone said "This new Harry Potter ride will push Disney to do more" and was responded to with "WHY do people say this? It's not true. They have no reason to compete and I wish they everyone would stop saying this" (This is a summed up conversation, but this was the idea). There was more shouting by the admin about it, but I'm not going to go into it.

Point: How can that person even say that? There IS competition even if it is not obvious (which it is very obvious).
Of course there's competition! I know the last several times I've gone to Orlando area we planned on and chose to stay at Disney and had to think about if we wanted to take a few days to do Universal or not. HP is great at Universal but it isn't enough to get me to change the calculus of going to and planning around WDW. If we've got extra time and money then maybe Universal.
 

ford91exploder

Resident Curmudgeon
Sad but true, hope fully they'll under understand that additional focus on business would Increase stock prices drastically:)
Never works that way, Companies which manage stock price instead of the business always blow up. It takes a new team with a new philosophy after the blowup to fix things.
 

DisneyNerd12

Active Member
I agree. I think a huge makeover of the castle is brilliant.

I also hope that they will start doing seasonal overlays more frequently. I would love a Nightmare Before Christmas overlay of Square Liberty for the last few months of the year, but I would not be surprised if many people would hate that.

Just give the Nightmare Before Christmas a land already!

Disneyland just kills us on anything seasonal, refurbishments, or maintenance. Please TDO beat Disneyland at its own game.
WDW has a better firework show & daytime parade if that makes you happy..
 

Kman101

Well-Known Member
WDW has a better firework show & daytime parade if that makes you happy..
And to be fair, there are some maintenance issues at DL. I've read that Buzz and Splash could definitely use work. The building for Goofy's Sky School has rust running down the side of it's building, A Bugs Land has ripping murals, Toontown is fading (like always) ... but yeah, they do everything better ;) No park is absolutely perfect. Let's take off the rose colored glasses everyone.
 

Cmdr_Crimson

Well-Known Member
What I Really hope they don't do.....Is they don't do another TV Special that was as horrible as DL's 60th Award Show (Yes I call it that) and it showed NOTHING about the parks...
 

SamN'Dean

Active Member
Universal over the next few years will light a fire under them hopefully, but then again, we are talking about a company that posts 58billion (Disney) vs 100+ Billion (Comcast)
Over the next few years? Forbidden Journey opened over 7 years ago, and Disney has resisted any fires being lit so far- I expect that to continue.
 

Cmdr_Crimson

Well-Known Member
Over the next few years? Forbidden Journey opened over 7 years ago, and Disney has resisted any fires being lit so far- I expect that to continue.
Also Escape from Gringott's came out 3 years ago...Unless the all powers that be that Galaxy's Edge & TSL are going to be the "Turn Around" Which I'm not too sure it will...Universal still has Fast & Furious, What ever comes to take over T2's theater, Super Nintendo World, The other coaster taking over Dragon Challenge and The long rumored Ministry of Magic attraction..They got quite a bit under their belt right now..
 

Frizzball

Active Member
I was discussing this with my dad a couple of months ago and I'm not sure I would view the parks as always directly competing on the same terms. Disney has so many more resort hotels and integrated dining plans etc that for people travelling from abroad a stay in the Disney parks will always look more attractive regardless of ride variety, simply because it's easier. On our last visit all of us, but my 9 year old sister who isn't really Universal's target demographic, enjoyed IOA more than any single Disney park but we'd never consider staying there and so Disney will always get the vast majority of our money. We're currently planning another trip for 2020 or 2021 to take in SW:GE, TSL and whatever new HP ride arrives to IOA and we will be staying at Disney again because it makes everything far less of a headache.

This I think, is what Disney execs count on. It's not always so important to them that all of their parks have stand out rides and experiences as they know people will keep coming back to the resort because the overall experience is more attractive. And if they can coax domestic fans back by having something new, even if it's not something particularly large, they can scrimp out on the major overhaul parts of the park really need. When you look at it that way, Universal getting improvements can in fact be seen as a slight positive for Disney. If Universal improves more overseas visitors want to return and those people might stay at Disney.

Of course I hate that kind of laziness and wish Disney wouldn't take the path of least imagination but then other than the new HP areas Universal seems to have become quite lazy with their ride design recently too.
 
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MisterPenguin

President of Animal Kingdom
Premium Member
Over the next few years? Forbidden Journey opened over 7 years ago, and Disney has resisted any fires being lit so far- I expect that to continue.
Yeah, WDW hasn't done anything or going to do anything! Except updated Soarin'. And increased its capacity. And increased the capacity of TSMM. And changed Maelstrom into a much more popular ride. And made DAK a full day park with a night safari and night rides and River of Life and a first-class Land with an E-ticket ride and another ride and evening performances and Tree of Life Awakenings. And a new well-liked MK parade. And a new fireworks show with more fireworks and fantastic projections. And new evening shows at DHS. And updated Jedi Academy. And made Star Wars a year-round feature of the parks. And updated Mission Space with a friendlier scenario. And adding a Toy Story Land with two new rides. And adding a Star Wars Land with two new E-Tickets. And a Mickey Mouse E-Ticket. And a new coaster in Epcot. And a new coaster in MK. And a new theater in MK. And upgrading and overlaying Speed Track. And overhauling Tomorrowland. And upgrading and overhauling Illuminations.

Other than that, WDW is doing practically nothing!!!
 
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Kman101

Well-Known Member
Yeah, WDW hasn't done anything or going to do anything! Except update Soarin'. And increased its capacity. And increased the capacity of TSMM. And changed Maelstrom into a much more popular ride. And made DAK a full day park with night safari and rides and River of Life an a first class Land with an E-ticket ride and another ride and evening performances and Tree of Life Awakenings. And a new well-like MK parade. And new fireworks show with more fireworks and fantastic projections. And new evening shows at DHS. And updated Jedi Academy. And made Star Wars a year-round feature of the parks. And updated Mission Space with a friendlier scenario. And adding a Toy Story Land with two new rides. And adding a Star Wars Land with two new E-Tickets. And a Mickey Mouse E-Ticket. And a new coaster in Epcot. And a new coaster in MK. And a new theater in MK. And upgrading and overlaying Speed Track. And overhauling Tomorrowland. And upgrading and overhauling Illuminations.

Other than that, WDW is doing practically nothing!!!
Exactly. WDW has a TON going on. It just gets ignored because some don't like the things they're doing. Not to mention there are things we haven't heard about yet from what I gather. But yeah, Universal sure is beating Disney ;)

Instead of people making it about "Uni's better. NO Disney's better", let's appreciate that both resorts are adding quite a bit over the next few years.
 

mikejs78

Premium Member
Yeah, WDW hasn't done anything or going to do anything! Except update Soarin'. And increased its capacity. And increased the capacity of TSMM. And changed Maelstrom into a much more popular ride. And made DAK a full day park with night safari and rides and River of Life an a first class Land with an E-ticket ride and another ride and evening performances and Tree of Life Awakenings. And a new well-like MK parade. And new fireworks show with more fireworks and fantastic projections. And new evening shows at DHS. And updated Jedi Academy. And made Star Wars a year-round feature of the parks. And updated Mission Space with a friendlier scenario. And adding a Toy Story Land with two new rides. And adding a Star Wars Land with two new E-Tickets. And a Mickey Mouse E-Ticket. And a new coaster in Epcot. And a new coaster in MK. And a new theater in MK. And upgrading and overlaying Speed Track. And overhauling Tomorrowland. And upgrading and overhauling Illuminations.

Other than that, WDW is doing practically nothing!!!
Dont forget a new space themed immersive experience restaurant, a popular trackless dark ride being brought over from Paris, a new Star Wars themed hotel, and a brand new transportation system. And that's just what's been confirmed. A look at the rumor timeline thread shows a *lot* more is possibly to come over the next decade.
 

Gatorboy

Well-Known Member
Yeah, WDW hasn't done anything or going to do anything! Except update Soarin'. And increased its capacity. And increased the capacity of TSMM. And changed Maelstrom into a much more popular ride. And made DAK a full day park with night safari and rides and River of Life an a first class Land with an E-ticket ride and another ride and evening performances and Tree of Life Awakenings. And a new well-like MK parade. And new fireworks show with more fireworks and fantastic projections. And new evening shows at DHS. And updated Jedi Academy. And made Star Wars a year-round feature of the parks. And updated Mission Space with a friendlier scenario. And adding a Toy Story Land with two new rides. And adding a Star Wars Land with two new E-Tickets. And a Mickey Mouse E-Ticket. And a new coaster in Epcot. And a new coaster in MK. And a new theater in MK. And upgrading and overlaying Speed Track. And overhauling Tomorrowland. And upgrading and overhauling Illuminations.

Other than that, WDW is doing practically nothing!!!
Try reading that in one breath lol, well said.
 

Disone

Well-Known Member
WDW has a better firework show & daytime parade if that makes you happy..
That is a debatable statement, many would argue otherwise but at least now it IS a debate/arguement. Prior to Festival of fantasy and happily ever after it was not.

I love Festival of fantasy. I would be happy if they just added a 50th Anniversary float and perhaps a 50th Anniversary show stopped to the existing parade.
 

PorterRedkey

Premium Member
Also Escape from Gringott's came out 3 years ago...Unless the all powers that be that Galaxy's Edge & TSL are going to be the "Turn Around" Which I'm not too sure it will...Universal still has Fast & Furious, What ever comes to take over T2's theater, Super Nintendo World, The other coaster taking over Dragon Challenge and The long rumored Ministry of Magic attraction..They got quite a bit under their belt right now..
It's a good time to be a theme park fan in Orlando!
 
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