Disney looks to develop theme parks as 'clusters'

Posted Tuesday, March 5, 2002 4:49 AM | Contributed by Shawn

Disney's theme park boss says further development of their properties will happen around the existing parks. This method of expansion is designed to promote longer stays, use shared resources.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2002 5:14 AM
All I can say is that I'm goint to Disney World in September and it better be nice there!!!

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There is NoLimit when it comes to Roller Coasters

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Tuesday, March 5, 2002 5:18 AM
john peck's avatar That is a smart marketing stragity, Cedar Point does it and SFWOA should have.
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Tuesday, March 5, 2002 6:26 AM

It is the logical strategy for Disney, as opposed to developing a bunch of smaller, regional parks throughout the country (as I have heard people suggest before). Anything that Disney does to their existing resorts will only make them more spectacular, drawing in more guests and bringing back older ones for something brand new.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2002 8:43 AM
Since when has this been big news?
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Tuesday, March 5, 2002 10:31 AM
Have to agree with ophthodoc! Nothing new here.
Purely a Pressler statement to keep the shareholders, economists and accountants happy.
Anyone in the know knew that Disney has cutback/removed attractions, facitilities and staff using September 11 as an excuse when in reality those changes were in the pipe LONG before then!

Wont stop me from going to DLR or WDW though!

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If Lifes a Rollercoaster, I want a Flawless *** This post was edited by The Legend on 3/5/2002. ***

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Tuesday, March 5, 2002 11:36 AM
I thought Disney World always had a hotel on site? Or are hey talkign about something else here?

My family and I are going in October. Probaly going to hit BGT as well. Spend 2 or 3 days at IOA. Does anybody known how many days I should spend at IOA?

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At least I dont call a vertical loop a "loopdie-loop"!

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Tuesday, March 5, 2002 1:49 PM

RememberIdora: In my opinion, one day is probably enough at IOA to hit all the biggies at least once. If I were you, I would spend the extra day at Sea World of Florida - it's a great park, and for its lack of a ton of coasters, really makes up for it with killer whales, dolphins, and other great wildlife. You could, alternatively, spend one day at IOA and the other at Universal Studios (they do sell combination tickets), but I still favor the change of pace over at Sea World, which is a great park in my opinion.

And yes, Disney has not one, but at least twenty, hotels on their 350+ acre Lake Buena Vista complex. Not to mention a private living community (called "Celebration") which is WELL WORTH a drive through (and it's free!). I think you'll be pleasantly amazed with it.

Busch Gardens Tampa is by ALL means worth the two hour hike to Tampa. Besides being an excellent coaster park, it boasts as being one of the top rated zoos in this country. Make sure the weather is nice when you go - if it isn't, you could spend the whole day in the brewery (which isn't that much fun despite the free beer samples).

And yes, I'll always remember Idora - I grew up 30 minutes from there - the Jack Rabbit was the first "major" coaster I ever rode.

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...Frau Farbissina - founder of the militant wing of the Salvation Army....

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Tuesday, March 5, 2002 4:20 PM
I would plan on 2 days at IOA. One day to get oriented and one day to hit your favorites from the first day. There are some tricks to this park though. I've been several times and will happily share my tricks with those interested in them.
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