Articles tagged “theme parks”

Six Flags Just Unexpectedly Replaced Its CEO With Its Previous CEO

Six Flags Just Unexpectedly Replaced Its CEO With Its Previous CEO

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Duffey's departure is mysterious, but the new (and old) CEO knows the company and headed it for several years. There shouldn't be too much upheaval or shift in strategy, even if the unexpected change proves distracting for awhile.

5 days ago

Disney Reveals Park Plans To Maximize Marvel and Star Wars Brands

Disney Reveals Park Plans To Maximize Marvel and Star Wars Brands

Christopher Palmeri , Bloomberg

The world's biggest theme parks keep forcing each other to raise their games. Disney's announcement shows major updates in Orlando, which is no surprise given how much undeveloped land remains at the resort and the competition from other players.

1 week ago

Disney Teased Fans With Look at New Star Wars Lands

Disney Teased Fans With Look at New Star Wars Lands

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

The new Star Wars Lands will definitely make fans want to visit Disney's U.S. theme parks but making sure crowds don't ruin the experience is a challenge the company is struggling with.

1 week ago

Messaging App Line to Open Digital Theme Park in Thailand

Messaging App Line to Open Digital Theme Park in Thailand

Kankanit Wiriyasajja and Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press

If you build it they will come — and text. Is Line Village Bangkok a next-generation theme park? We'll see.

4 weeks ago

Shanghai Disney Is Company’s First to Break Even After One Year

Shanghai Disney Is Company’s First to Break Even After One Year

Bloomberg

Who says China is a tough market? Disney is doing very well there although it has done so through a joint venture with a partner that knows the turf.

1 month ago

SeaWorld Chairman Voted Out Over an Unpopular Bonus Payout

SeaWorld Chairman Voted Out Over an Unpopular Bonus Payout

Michael Flaherty, Reuters

SeaWorld has made a series of miscalculations over the past few years that have angered visitors and corporate partners. With the recent decision over a bonus incentive payment, shareholders are the unhappy ones — and the chairman of the board is paying the price.

1 month ago

Legoland Operator Sees Demand Fall After UK Terrorist Attacks

Legoland Operator Sees Demand Fall After UK Terrorist Attacks

Paul Jarvis, Bloomberg

Two deadly terrorist attacks in such a short space of time were bound to impact visitor numbers to Merlin's UK attractions. The question is how long will this last?

1 month ago

Disney Attendance Dips While Harry Potter Keeps Universal Soaring

Disney Attendance Dips While Harry Potter Keeps Universal Soaring

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney executives have said they don't mind sacrificing some attendance if they're still making good money. Both of these things happened last year — but the company is still working to drive numbers up in 2017 and the future.

2 months ago

Disney and Universal Keep Building So Visitors Stay Longer and Spend More

Disney and Universal Keep Building So Visitors Stay Longer and Spend More

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney and Universal keep fighting for visitors — and more tourist dollars. Will new attractions be enough to attract newcomers and repeat business alike?

2 months ago

SeaWorld’s Hoped-For Transformation Is Getting Help From Sesame Street

SeaWorld’s Hoped-For Transformation Is Getting Help From Sesame Street

Hannah Sampson, Skift

SeaWorld could use more brands that don't rely on animals — and Sesame Street is beloved by both kids and parents. It doesn't sound like a huge expansion yet with just one more theme park and one additional land, but this could be a good way to round out the company's offerings.

2 months ago

Universal Is Using Its Own Multi-Purpose Wristband at New Water Park

Universal Is Using Its Own Multi-Purpose Wristband at New Water Park

Mike Schneider, Associated Press

Universal's wristband is different from Disney's in several ways — it stays in the water park and doesn't double as a hotel room key, for example — but the ability to cut down on time waiting in line and to make purchases should help drive revenue for the theme park operator.

2 months ago

Shanghai Disney Is Smashing Expectations as One-Year Mark Nears

Shanghai Disney Is Smashing Expectations as One-Year Mark Nears

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney's theme park results were strong for the quarter, but its pipeline of projects around the world show the company has much bigger ambitions.

2 months ago