Last night I was mostly listening to Disney’s quarter one call! Not the most thrilling way to spend an evening at the best of times, it didn’t help that yesterday’s was probably one of the most boring but we did get some information here’s a quick breakdown.
First-quarter results for Disney’s Parks and Resorts for 2013 saw revenue climb by 7% to $3.4 billion year-over-year. Operating income for the parks grew 4% to $577 million.
Growth was spearheaded by California’s Disneyland which drew crowds with its new Cars Themed Land. Joint attendance for Walt Disney World and Disneyland rose 4%.
Disney said visitor spending grew 6% for both Florida and California (combined) based mostly on higher ticket prices.
Other bits of info
Although attendance has been largely stagnant at Disney World in recent months, the company said it has improved during the current quarter. Iger said the first phases of its Fantasyland expansion have been “extremely well received” by travellers and has helped the company push more-aggressive price increases.
Disney so far has spent $1 Billion on its MyMagic + product.
While MyMagic + remains in a “test phase,” Disney says many of the main components will roll out to visitors during the next few months.
Disney have launched an over branded Mobile Phone in Japan that has been very successful.
Overall DVD sales were down 43%, exec’s believe the purchase of Lucas Films for $4 Billion will help turn this around.
Disney’s consumer-products business rose 11% to $346 million, driven by sales of Marvel Entertainment-related merchandise.
Nothing like getting in there early, Disney have released a Virtual Ride for their forth coming new attraction “Seven Dwarves Mine Train Roller Coaster” which we’ve embedded below.
Now I say forth coming….. you actually wont be able to ride it until the 2nd phase of Disney’s Fantasyland is complete, so we’re talking 2014 but this little teaser may well be enough to wet the appetite.
What are your first impressions of Disney’s new ride?
This weekend saw Disney’s Magical Marathon take place, the 26.2 mile course that takes in much of Disney actually represented the 20th anniversary of the event.
The race capped a magical weekend of running events, parties and family entertainment to mark the milestone. The four-day event drew more than 65,000 runners, including celebrities and famous running legends.
The Marathon was won by Disney Marathon Legend Adriano Bastos (Brazil) in an impressive 2 hours 21 Mins, Adriano beat off stiff competition from fellow countryman and training partner Fredison Costa for his seventh Disney Marathon win in the past nine years and eighth overall!
To keep the Marathon fresh Disney’s “RunDisney” crew introduced a new course, a new finisher’s medal, a post-race party at Downtown Disney and spectacular entertainment along Mile 20, where things really get tough.
The 20th Disney Marathon also marked a first for the event where female entrants out numbered the men, with Disney reporting 57% of runners being Women, well done Ladies 🙂
Last night Disney took out their magic wand and used it to reshuffle its corporate management ranks. More than half a dozen executives were effected including the introduction of a new president for Walt Disney World.
George A. Kalogridis, who has received major prop’s for his handling of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, will move to the east coast to take over as president of Disney World, the company’s biggest and most-profitable resort.
Current President Meg Crofton will focus exclusively on her duties as president of all operations for Disney theme parks in the United States and Europe — a new position created a year and a half ago amid another management restructuring.
Michael Colglazier vice president in charge of Disney’s Animal Kingdom will replace Kalogridis and run Disneyland.
Josh D’Amaro, who currently runs the company’s Adventures by Disney packaged-tour business will take over from Colglazier at Animal Kingom.
The major move really is Kalogridis who is now at the helm of the companies jewel, all eyes will be on him and how he see’s the future of Disney. Kalogridis was not available to interview.
I can’t think of many negative things about going to an Orlando Theme Park but one thing I would imagine is right up there is the queuing…
We all know its part and parcel of using Orlando Attraction Tickets and we all wish theme park owners could find some way of reducing wait times… well….
Did you know our Disney tickets include Disney FASTPASS?
Wouldn’t it be great if you could cut your wait time for some of your favourite attractions? Now you can!
How does it work?
Disney FASTPASS Service saves your place in line for an attraction while you enjoy the rest of the theme park.
To Use Disney FASTPASS Service:
Look for the “Disney FASTPASS® Distribution” sign near the entrance of an attraction.
Check the “Return Time” displayed on the sign.
The sign will indicate the time you would return to enjoy the attraction using a FASTPASS ticket.
For attractions, the return time is a one-hour window (e.g., 1:10 p.m. to 2:10 p.m.), so you don’t have to be there exactly at a given time. For shows, your return time will be for a specific performance.
If the return time is one that works for you, just insert your Orlando attraction ticket into the Disney FASTPASS Service machine.
A FASTPASS ticket will emerge with your return time printed on it. Now you’re free to go and enjoy the rest of the theme park!
Go back to the FASTPASS ticketholder entrance when your return time rolls around, show your ticket to the Cast Member and enjoy the attraction with a minimal wait.
Please keep in mind:
FASTPASS tickets are only valid on the day of issue.
Everyone in your party using the FASTPASS ticketholder entrance must have a FASTPASS ticket.
There’s a limit to the number of FASTPASS tickets you may have at one time. On your ticket will be printed the time at which you can get your next one. Disney FASTPASS Service machines won’t issue another ticket until the time stated on your current one.
Currently, the following attractions offer Disney FASTPASS Service:
Decembers upon us and Christmas is tapping lightly on our door. Here at Orlando Attraction Tickets we love the holiday season and our Theme Park buddies do to…
Here’s a brief breakdown of what’s happening at the Orlando Theme Parks this Christmas
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Nov. 9 – Dec. 21, Select Dates
Celebrate the holiday season with your family alongside Mickey and Minnie at the Magic Kingdom Theme Park. The celebration is filled with spectacular fireworks, Mickey’s ‘Once Upon A Christmastime’ parade and live entertainment featuring the rest of your favorite Disney Characters. Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend this event.
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
Nov. 9 – Jan. 6
A breathtaking seasonal display featuring millions of glittering lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music on the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. Entire buildings, twirling carousels, heavenly angels and Santa and his reindeer spring to life with an extensive array of multi-colored lights. Some nights, the show is capped off with an enchanted flurry of snow.
ICE! at Gaylord Palms Resort
Nov. 10 – Jan. 1
More than two million lights, a 54-foot-tall Christmas tree, heartwarming visits with Santa, captivating musical events and exclusive holiday events await you and your family at the Gaylord Palms. Discover how Gaylord Palms is like no other holiday destination with Merry Madagascar featuring characters from the DreamWorks Animation films carved out of ice. ICE! features two-story tall ice slides carved from two million pounds of ice and a tribute to the unforgettable classic.
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration
Nov. 17 – Dec. 31
Let the waves of holiday spirit splash over you and your family during SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. The winter wonderland is filled with carols in the air, a sparkling Sea of Trees and skaters dancing on ice. Take a journey to the North Pole on The Polar Express Experience, share a smile with a sea lion, and enjoy live entertainment featuring everything from Santa to Shamu.
Holidays Around the World: Candlelight Processional
Nov. 23 – Dec. 30
The Epcot theme park is transformed into an international celebration of Yuletide traditions filled with decorations and live entertainment during the holidays. Delight in the sights and sounds of the season during Epcot’s Candlelight Processional held nightly at the American Gardens Theatre. The event retells the stirring story of Christmas with a special celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir.
Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios
Dec. 1 – Jan. 1
The world’s most famous parade has become a holiday experience for park guests at Universal Studios. Celebrate the Macy’s Holiday Parade featuring floats and balloons direct from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The merriment continues with marching bands, clowns and an appearance from Santa! Afterwards, enjoy the spectacular tree lighting with music and lights. Other events include A Barney Holiday, The Blues Brothers Holiday Show and performances by Mannheim Steamroller.
Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Dec. 1 – Jan. 1
This annual holiday celebration is based on the beloved Dr. Seuss tale and Universal Pictures’ and Imagine Entertainment’s Academy Award-winning blockbuster hit, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The celebration highlights the heartwarming story of The Grinch in a live show featuring music recorded by Mannheim Steamroller. See characters come to life before your eyes as they stroll through Seuss Landing. Have breakfast with your favorite Dr. Seuss characters during The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast and meet The Grinch himself!
Kid’s New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND-Florida
LEGOLAND’s New Year’s Eve celebration is perfect for families. The “Kids’ New Year’s Eve” allows kids to rock out and watch the giant LEGO fireworks at just the right time for them, midnight KST (Kid Standard Time), otherwise known as 7 p.m. EST.
Rock the New Year! at Universal CityWalk
With exciting live performances from various artists, Universal CityWalk’s “Rock the New Year!” is one of Orlando’s hottest New Year’s Eve parties. In addition to live music, enjoy an expansive gourmet buffet, a champagne toast and live entertainment at the various nightclubs, including the groove, an electrifying dance club; CityJazz, a hip jazz venue; Jimmy Buffett’s Magaritaville and others.
New Year’s Eve at the Walt Disney World Resort
The parks come alive to say farewell to 2012. Magic Kingdom presents: “Wishes” nighttime spectacular with a holiday overlay at 8:30 p.m. and “Fantasy in the Sky” at 11:50 p.m. Epcot‘s “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” salutes the new year at 6:30 p.m. and 11:40 p.m. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, “Fantasmic!” combines water, fire, lights, lasers, fireworks and music will be presented at 6:30 and 8 p.m., with “Lights! Camera! Happy New Year!” fireworks display at midnight.
Happy Christmas everyone from all all Orlando Attraction Tickets.
Yesterday Disney opened up their brand new Fantasyland to a few more of us media types… and you’ll never guess what we saw… (well actually you probably will if you’ve read the title…), here’s more on it.
After weeks of poring through page after page on the Internet, studying grainy video, hearing reports of strange encounters and trying to make sense of archival photos from another era, Gary finally sees the Dragon. The graceful, fire-breathing creature made his grand entrance tonight in the night skies over Magic Kingdom Park. The majestic, reptilian-like wonder soared high above New Fantasyland, and then roared loudly (in what sounded like roars of joy…if my dragon-speak translation skills are what they used to be).
We’ve got a video for you all today, its basically Disney talking through the process in making the The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow attraction, its a nice little insight in to Disney’s Imagineers at work.
This is what Disney said about the video
The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow is a walk-through attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios that will allow guests to follow in the footsteps of Jack Sparrow to see if they have what it takes to join his rowdy and daring pirate crew. In this video from Walt Disney Imagineering, Imagineers Jason Surrell, Laura Mitchell, Charita Carter and Jason Roberts take us behind the scenes of the making of this new experience. According to them, creating an entirely new attraction based on the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise was a dream come true, as was working with the film’s lead actor, Johnny Depp, who reprised his role as Captain Jack Sparrow for the attraction’s film elements.
So here’s the video.
What did you think, are you excited to see this attraction?
Last week Orlando Attraction Tickets were lucky enough to gain access to the preview period for Disney’s new Fantasyland additions at Magic Kingdom.
Not open to the general public until December 6th OAT were treated to a look at several new attractions including
Be Our Guest Restaurant – This magical dining location was taken straight out of the film “Beauty and The Beast,” and features three amazingly themed dining rooms – the Ballroom, the spooky West Wing, and the Rose Gallery. While lunch is first-come, first-served, reservations are strongly recommended for dinner. You can browse the menus of French-inspired cuisine here.
Bonjour! Village Gifts – Find goodies inspired by both “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Little Mermaid” at this shop in Belle’s Village.
Enchanted Tales With Belle – Forget everything you know about character greeting experiences with Disney characters. Here you’re invited inside Belle’s childhood home and are magically transported into Beast’s Castle, where you spend time with Belle by reenacting her fateful meeting with Beast. Disney PhotoPass is on-hand to capture it all.
Gaston’s Tavern – Head inside Gaston’s ultimate retreat for a sip of LeFou’s Brew, or a bite of a pork shankor a tasty cinnamon roll.
Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid – Plunge under the sea to follow Ariel as she meets Prince Eric, battles Ursula the Sea Witch, and makes the choice to become human. Be sure to bring your cameras to this attraction – Prince Eric’s Castle, which tops off the attraction, is guaranteed to impress.
Straight off the bat Disney confirmed they have plans to make 3 new Star War’s movies the first due for release in 2015! So obviously this has got us dreaming here of a Star Wars Land at the Magic Kingdom and what it might entail, here’s our wish list.
3d motion rides are all the rage at the moment think Forbidden Journey, Transformers 3d etc, imagine a 3d motion ride where the rider takes on the part of young Luke Skywalker taking charge of a rebel attack on the death star! It seems almost too perfect!
Similar to air in the UK, this coaster set in the Ewok’s forrest, is all about speed. Sit back grab hold and prepare for Spppppeeeeeeeedddddd…..
The most famous ship in all of Star Wars is of course the Millennium Falcon; what always stuck out for me was when Han Solo would set the ship in to Hyperspeed using the Hyperdrive. A coaster similar to Cheetah Hunt at Busch Gardens with multiple launch platforms would give that feeling of hyperspeed but as its in space the action would take please indoors similar to Rock N’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s.
BATTLE OF HOTH
The Battle of Hoth is one of most memorable encounters in Star Wars, imagine a Simpson’s style attraction which puts you bang in the heart of all the action!?
On top of the possibility of these great rides, we’d expect some amazing Jedi lead show’s with acrobatics and plenty of light sabre sword play. For the little one’s we’d want numerous Jedi schools to teach the Padawan the ways of the Force. Perhaps some kind of droid workshop similar to make your own teddy bear!?
These are of course just our idea’s…. What would you like to see if Disney do indeed build Star War’s Land?