Articles tagged “disney”

Star Wars Is Disney’s New Hope to Transform Its Movie-Themed Park

Star Wars Is Disney’s New Hope to Transform Its Movie-Themed Park

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney's Hollywood Studios has been a work in progress for the last two decades. With Toy Story Land and Star Wars taking center stage, executives believe the park is finally coming into its own.

2 weeks ago

New Toy Story Land Shows Disney Isn’t Playing With Theme Park Competitors

New Toy Story Land Shows Disney Isn’t Playing With Theme Park Competitors

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida should become more of a destination in its own right with the addition of Toy Story Land. Will that help ease the crowds at other parks — and keep guests staying at Disney longer?

3 weeks ago

Disney Makes $15 an Hour Starting Pay Offer for California Park Employees

Disney Makes $15 an Hour Starting Pay Offer for California Park Employees

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

It's not a good look for Disney that some park employees struggle to afford housing, as surveys have shown. These negotiations have been tough, and Disney would have to raise salaries to $15 an hour by 2022 anyway. Will this offer be enough to get the union on board?

2 months ago

Orlando Theme Parks Are Rolling Out New Rides as They Battle for Visitors

Orlando Theme Parks Are Rolling Out New Rides as They Battle for Visitors

Mike Schneider, Associated Press

Theme parks realize they need to keep adding more reasons for visitors to come back. That means operators are investing billions over the next several years — and attendees can expect higher prices at the gate.

2 months ago

Disney and Universal See Big Gains in Orlando After Major Expansions

Disney and Universal See Big Gains in Orlando After Major Expansions

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Orlando remains a battleground for the world's largest theme park operators, but attendance is growing around the world — and the biggest companies are trying to win audiences all over.

2 months ago

Disney Appeals to Luxury Set With Pricey Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Disney Appeals to Luxury Set With Pricey Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Carlye Wisel and Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

A regular vacation at Disney isn't cheap. But for those who want a more exclusive (and less crowded) experience, Adventures by Disney grants special access — for a hefty fee.

2 months ago

Disney Is Exploring Where to Put Its Next New Worlds

Disney Is Exploring Where to Put Its Next New Worlds

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney is pouring money into expanding its existing theme parks, so it should come as no surprise that the company would consider building in new countries altogether. While the CEO called such a move an "inevitability," no one should hold their breath for an announcement anytime soon.

2 months ago

Disney’s Trove of Characters Is Helping It Win the Theme Park Wars in China

Disney’s Trove of Characters Is Helping It Win the Theme Park Wars in China

Adam Minter, Bloomberg

Disney has competitors in China, but none that can rival the entertainment giant's universe of crowd-pleasing intellectual property. As we've seen with the rise of Universal in Orlando, however, other theme park operators can capitalize on a popular character to great success.

3 months ago

Shanghai Disney Just Added a Major Expansion Nearly 2 Years After Opening

Shanghai Disney Just Added a Major Expansion Nearly 2 Years After Opening

Bloomberg

Disney grew its recently opened Shanghai resort at lightning speed, and has been talking about additional expansion possibilities for a while already. With the park turning a profit in its first year, the company's appetite for future growth is no surprise.

3 months ago

Disney’s CEO Is Definitely Not Ruling Out a Run for President

Disney’s CEO Is Definitely Not Ruling Out a Run for President

Anousha Sakoui , Bloomberg

According to a new report, Disney CEO Bob Iger was seriously considering a presidential run when a major deal with 21st Century Fox took his attention — and led him to extend his contract. But vocal support from Oprah Winfrey, an outspoken stance on hot-button political issues, and a recent stop in Iowa suggest a bid for higher office might still be on Iger's mind.

3 months ago

Universal Orlando Has More Land Now to Build the Theme Park Fans Want

Universal Orlando Has More Land Now to Build the Theme Park Fans Want

Hannah Sampson, Skift

We've been wondering for years what Universal will do with the land it was buying up in central Florida — and we continue to wonder with this latest purchase. Given what is already known about the theme park operator's plans and recent growth, we expect the Orlando theme park wars to never end.

3 months ago

Disney Parks Boss Gets Expanded Role Ahead of CEO Exit

Disney Parks Boss Gets Expanded Role Ahead of CEO Exit

Christopher Palmeri , Bloomberg

Disney CEO Bob Iger has postponed his departure from Disney several times, but he will leave eventually. Does the rise of these two executives mean one of them will take the top job in 2021?

4 months ago