If anyone can work out what Disney should do at their Hollywood Studios park, then please email Disney with some ideas!
Seriously, the latest news is that the Studio Backlot Tour is to get a hefty refurbishment starting January 6th 2014. Set to remain closed until March 2nd 2014, we can only assume that the attraction is going to be sticking around for at the very least another year.
With that large patch of land, along with the space taken up by Lights, Motors Action, I think we can safely assume that this location and possibly no other will play home to Cars Land.
As a few sharp theme park observers already note, Cars as a franchise simply won’t stand the test of time of at least another 14 years (4 before it opens and 10 to pay back the investment).
Disney may have something awesome up their Fantasia Cape’s sleeves, but from where I’m sitting, they could easily be accused of being caught wrong footed at a time where Universal are cruising powerfully along with a relentless upsurge in investment.
While Disney have indeed focussed heavily on commerce activities within the theme parks, including the colossal Disney Springs project and Magicbands projects, they appear to have slipped on a banana skin when it comes to doing what guests are actually looking for: Attractions.
Disney do seem to have a conceptual gap at the moment.
Sure, their new acquisition of Star Wars will end up being successful as a brand, but really?
A 37 year old brand is going to form the mainstay of your future in the parks?
Avatarland equally confuses me. Yes I loved the film, yes I would love to visit Pandora, but, I have to ask what on earth this non Disney, non Animal concept is doing over in the Animal Kingdom?
Then a flaky rumor now floats around that Lord of the Rings is heading to WDW.
OK, we can’t blame Disney for the rumors that others put out there, but the point is, that is how crazy the lack of direction Disney has right now!
Tom Staggs (CEO and Chairman of Disney Parks) looks set to go into the history books as Disney’s most financially successful yet.
The cost? A bunch of money churning parks with a distinct lack of identity.
For me, this is where the Magic begins to fade and we see the workings more than the show!