Disney Considering Building Several Small Parks

Friday, February 9, 2007 3:51 PM
I submitted this to news as well.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Jay Rasulo said they're considering building several small theme parks that will afford families high-quality experiences, albeit shorter ones and closer to home.The trick is to do so without diluting the brand or cannibalizing customers who would otherwise be visiting Disney's major resorts in Florida and California.Full Story: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/news/e3i3b47d6942f2f90f109cfed16ac67daa1

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Friday, February 9, 2007 4:06 PM
Imagine if they purchased CLP and started a smaller park with that?

yeah, i know, shut up....

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Friday, February 9, 2007 4:09 PM
They want to do that after the great success of Disney Quest? Why not fix your parks first pal? ;)
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Friday, February 9, 2007 4:17 PM
More expensive interactive arcade things? No thanks. As already said, fix the current parks.
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Friday, February 9, 2007 4:44 PM
Where in the article does it say these mini-parks would be more of the interactive arcade things?
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Friday, February 9, 2007 5:21 PM
I think it could work well, especially if it is reasonably priced (for example less than the $67 1 day admissions at WDW)
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Friday, February 9, 2007 5:47 PM
Where would the parks be going.
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Friday, February 9, 2007 6:00 PM
Well out of homage to his childhood one should be in either Marceline or Kansas City, MO. :)
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Friday, February 9, 2007 6:21 PM
I'm with Swoosh.

I also think that MiA should get one. ;)

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Friday, February 9, 2007 6:26 PM
Man, that sounds a lot like the way Shapiro described his vision for SF - a regional, more affordable alternative to the full blown 'Disney experience'...

...just saying. :)

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Friday, February 9, 2007 6:31 PM
But SF bought pre-existing parks and really did very little to "Disney-fy"....costumed characters (which I have spent *hours* praising) notwithstanding. Shoot, I probably got more pics with costumed characters last year than Shapiro did! ;)

Disney, no way, no how, NOT buying a pre-existing park....NOT.GONNA.HAPPEN.

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Friday, February 9, 2007 6:44 PM
Blurring the time frame, Gator. Shapiro didn't buy dick - he's the one selling it.

Shapiro wants to take the parks and market them as a closer, cheaper, easier alternative to the full-blown Disney vacation. That's all we heard from the guy at first in regards to his plans as CEO.

Now we have Disney touting the same idea.

I find it interesting on a couple of levels.

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Friday, February 9, 2007 7:07 PM
Wasn't this the idea behind Disney's America that was going to be built in Virginia?

I'd rather they just stick to the resorts in Florida and California. Leave regional parks to Six Flags and Cedar Fair.

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Friday, February 9, 2007 7:37 PM
This sounds nice but slightly stupid at the same time. I have always thought of disney being more of a one of a kindish place to go not some regional park. I'm sure Walt wouldn't want this. But they will do what they want. Although it would be nice for people who can't aford the big nice disney trips.
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Friday, February 9, 2007 7:47 PM
^^ Walt Disney, before his death, tried to build a park in New Orleans. If I remember correctly, this was going to be a smaller park with a larger indoor section. So the idea itself isn't so far-fetched.

Personally, I'd rather see the company improve the parks they already have. That said, a Disney FEC or LBE isn't a bad idea, as long as it's going to be well-kept. It might give SF and CF a run for their money.

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Friday, February 9, 2007 7:47 PM
Coasterkid200 said:
Where would the parks be going
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Haven't you heard? All of WDW is going to be moved into MiA for the start of the 2007 season. It'll be right next to X-flight and Steel Venom. :)

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Friday, February 9, 2007 7:52 PM
Good one... Not
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Friday, February 9, 2007 9:50 PM
^^Don't forget they are moving the scrambler too. It will probably go over there will all of the new rides and the camper village.

Oh get over it Coasterkid, you know it is all just water under the tree anyway. :)

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Friday, February 9, 2007 9:51 PM
get over it, i havent said any thing. And you guys say what i say makes no sence. *** Edited 2/10/2007 2:53:13 AM UTC by Coasterkid200***
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Friday, February 9, 2007 9:54 PM
Disney is only purchasing Michigan's Adventure so they can name it Disney's Michigan Adventure. I'm sure it'll have a huge world of motion pavilion taking another hint from SF when they built their largely successful Auto World. Then comes the 200 foot hyper clone of California Screamin' called Michigan Screamin' that the park has needed for so long. *** Edited 2/10/2007 2:57:58 AM UTC by P18***
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