The theme-park industry, led by Disney, is expected to keep up growth for the next five years after big dips in 2009, a new report states. A December industry report by IBISWorld, a Santa Monica-based market research firm, predicts that theme parks’ revenue will go up about 2.5 percent each year, bringing in a total of $12.5 billion, through 2016.
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If this is to be believed, us coaster enthusiasts can surely expect great developments for the next few years. As a thrill seeker and not much of a Disney enthusiast, I hope this wealth gets spread to regional parks as well.
"The term is 'amusement park.' An old Earth name for a place where people could go to see and do all sorts of fascinating things." -Spock, Stardate 3025
Disney got a big chunk of money from us this year..
The coaster wars are over. What we saw in the late 1980's through the 1990's is not likely ever to be repeated. Family friendly attractions are where the money is going to be spent for the foreseeable future.
And conveniently, the folks who were nuts about the coaster wars now have kids. :)
I agree we won't be seeing another "coaster war". But, that doesn't mean we won't see more coasters in the next few years than we have in the last few.
There never really was a war. There was a lot of volume in terms of new rides, but the number that were truly game changing you could count on one hand.
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