Check out the Disney teaser video of Goofy’s Sky School rollercoaster, which is due to debut at California Adventure in mid-2011.
Goofy’s Sky School will be a rethemed version of the Mulholland Madness coaster, which closed on October 12, 2010. The wild mouse coaster will receive a new theme based on the 1940 cartoon Goofy’s Glider, which tells the story of Goofy attempting to teach pilots how to fly.
Disney handles over 30 million visitors per year! Top of everyone’s pet hate list is queuing… so what are Disney doing about this?
According to the New York Times Disney have been busy in 2010 equipping an underground nerve centre to tackle our favourite pet peeve.
In one corner, employees watch flat-screen televisions that depict various attractions in green, yellow and red outlines, with the colors representing wait-time gradations.
An example of how this would work is given as…
If Pirates of the Caribbean, the ride that sends people on a spirited voyage through the Spanish Main, suddenly blinks from green to yellow, the center might respond by alerting managers to launch more boats.
Another idea which is not exactly scientific is…
Another option involves dispatching Captain Jack Sparrow or Goofy or one of their pals to the queue to entertain people as they wait. “It’s about being nimble and quickly noticing that, ‘Hey, let’s make sure there is some relief out there for those people,’ ” said Phil Holmes, vice president of the Magic Kingdom, the flagship Disney World park.
What if Fantasyland is swamped with people but adjacent Tomorrowland has plenty of elbow room? The operations center can route a miniparade called “Move it! Shake it! Celebrate It!” into the less-populated pocket to siphon guests in that direction. Other technicians in the command center monitor restaurants, perhaps spotting that additional registers need to be opened or dispatching greeters to hand out menus to people waiting to order.
The Disney blog has just released some stunning new pictures of Disney’s new “Hyperion Wharf” which will be the new name for Pleasure Island.
The 120 acre complex will have new restaurants, shopping and entertainment experiences added to give the area a more modern feel.
The district will come to life with a nostalgic yet modern take on an early 20th century port city and amusement pier. By day, stylish boutiques and innovative restaurants will draw you in and by night, thousands of lights will transform the area into an electric wonderland.
Building work has already started and is due for completion in 2013.
I think you’ll agree these images are pretty impressive and attraction tickets .info can’t wait for 2013.
Disney also mention further alterations to their Downtown area including:
Remodelling The Lego Imagination Centre from January to April 2011. When completed, the store will stand at nearly 3,500 square feet.
The AMC Theatres are adding new digital technology, a Concession Stand of the Future and Florida’s first Fork & Screen Theater.
Today Disney have launched a new way to explore and enjoyDisneyland Florida, teaming up with Gowalla a place sharing website, Disney are encouraging visitors to “check in” at their favourite Disney locations to make their visit even more magical.
Disney wrote on their blog
The fun starts with our new digital Passport Stamps. Hundreds of locations within Disney Parks will feature these exclusive Stamps created by Gowalla – it’s the largest number of custom Stamps ever developed for a brand. The Stamps can be collected and kept as a virtual scrapbook by using Gowalla and checking-in around the parks. Take a look at some of my favorites.
You’ll also be able to view what’s happening at the park with custom Disney Passport pages that include maps featuring a check-in stream, a list of popular places and Trips.
Some very interesting results coming out of Disney’s full yearaccounts. With net profit across the board increasing by 19.8%
Overall revenues rose by 5.3% to $38.1bn, while operating income improved by 13.7% to $7.6bn.
Revenues from Disney’s Parks and Resorts group increased by 0.9% to $10.8bn, however operating profit fell 7.1% to $1.3bn.
Disney have stated that the decrease is attributed to a decline in the U.S. market, but was actually added by improved results at its international parks.
Disney attributed this loss to the following
1 less business week compared to last year.
Lower hotel occupancy.
Decrease at Disney Cruise Line.
Lower Disney World Attendance
increased operating costs
These reasons were partly offset by higher visitor spending, primarily due to higher average ticket prices and increased attendance at Disneyland Resort (Anaheim).
Meanwhile, the growth in international operations reflected improvement at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, driven by increased attendance, guest spending and hotel occupancy, and an increase at Disneyland Paris, due to higher guest spending and a real estate sale, partly offset by lower attendance.
Higher guest spending at both resorts resulted from higher average ticket prices and average daily hotel room rates.
For the fourth quarter alone, the group saw net profit slip by 6.7% to $835m, on revenues down 1.3% at $9.74bn. Operating profit fell 7.3% to $1.7bn.
Disney have signed a deal with the Shanghai government to build a Disney Theme Park , according to reports on Friday the park could be open as early as 2014.
The move is seen as a real boost for Shanghai’s tourism.
Disney stuck the deal on Friday with Shanghai Shen Di Group Co. Ltd. who will act as its joint venture partner. Attraction-Tickets.info has heard that Disney would hold 43% of the equity shares in the joint venture and the rest of the 57% will belong to the new holding company, Shanghai Shen Di.
Disney World in China has for years been a topic of great interest but the idea was sidelined due to the Olympics in 2008. The project was approved by the Chinese government in November 2009 and the new joint venture deal takes the project one step closer to becoming a reality.
Disney said in a statement on Friday that they are still waiting for approval of the Chinese government about the incorporation of the related joint venture companies and also the necessary regulatory processes. The theme will cover a total area of 4 square kilometres and will come up near the new international airport in Pudong. Though Disney has ventured on similar territories before with its theme parks in Tokyo and Hong Kong, none of them have lived up to the expectations of the company.
Shanghai’s Disneyland is expected to cover about four square kilometers and cost about $3.75 billion
We all knew that the campaign was going to be called “Let the Memories Begin,” the idea is to show holiday memories being created at Disney daily.
Starting January 2011, Disney PhotoPass photographers will being capturing pictures of guests during the day that will be larger-than-life images during the nighttime show. As many as 500 images will be used every day, Disney said.
Disney will also begin featuring home videos and snapshots of real guests in television ads and other marketing, the company said.
At Walt Disney World Resort, the night time show will be projected on the spires of Cinderella Castle. At Disneyland Resort, the facade of “it’s a small world” will be the canvas for the show.