Articles tagged “theme parks”

Dubai Opens Doors to Massive New Theme Park in the Desert

Dubai Opens Doors to Massive New Theme Park in the Desert

Associated Press

We are interested to see how development pans out as oil prices decrease. Can big buildings and tourism fill the holes?

4 weeks ago

SeaWorld Is Planning an Orca-Free Theme Park in Abu Dhabi

SeaWorld Is Planning an Orca-Free Theme Park in Abu Dhabi

Paul Barbagallo, Bloomberg

Killer whales have been the biggest stars — and biggest generators of controversy — at SeaWorld. It will be interesting to see how the company builds a theme park without them, and how visitors respond.

1 month ago

SeaWorld Is Cutting Jobs in a Company-Wide Restructuring

SeaWorld Is Cutting Jobs in a Company-Wide Restructuring

Associated Press

SeaWorld's CEO announced a comprehensive cost-cutting program last month meant to result in net savings of $40 million. We have to wonder what the next step will be after getting rid of these 320 jobs.

1 month ago

Universal Rolls Out Its Nintendo Partnership in Three Theme Parks

Universal Rolls Out Its Nintendo Partnership in Three Theme Parks

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Theme parks have found success in building immersive experiences around beloved characters. We have to wonder if the Nintendo strategy provides a glimpse of how Universal will use the recently acquired DreamWorks Animation.

2 months ago

Hong Kong Disneyland Is Adding ‘Frozen’ and Marvel Lands in a $1.4 Billion Expansion

Hong Kong Disneyland Is Adding ‘Frozen’ and Marvel Lands in a $1.4 Billion Expansion

Christopher Palmeri and Crystal Tse, Bloomberg

Disney's CEO has said that the company's giant new Shanghai theme park isn't hurting business in Hong Kong. Still, it's a smart move to expand the older park with attractions that can't be found in Shanghai.

2 months ago

Disney Will Open Avatar Land in Orlando Next Summer

Disney Will Open Avatar Land in Orlando Next Summer

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

Disney has been on its toes since Universal changed the game in Orlando with Harty Potter. Will Avatar change the conversation again?

2 months ago

Wanda Is Spending Another $15 Billion in its Quest to Become a Tourism Giant

Wanda Is Spending Another $15 Billion in its Quest to Become a Tourism Giant

Jeanne Yang, Bloomberg

If Wanda Group really wants 15 projects across China by 2020, we expect to hear a lot more announcements like this one in the coming year.

2 months ago

Analysts Say Disney Still Has Challenges with Shanghai Park

Analysts Say Disney Still Has Challenges with Shanghai Park

Christopher Palmeri and Rachel Chang, Bloomberg

While Disney executives say they are pleased at their performance so far in Shanghai — with 4 million people attending in four months — some analysts believe the company is still finding its footing in the market.

2 months ago

Disney’s Theme Park Plans Include Creative Pricing, Hotels and Movie Characters

Disney’s Theme Park Plans Include Creative Pricing, Hotels and Movie Characters

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney has a lot of plans for its theme parks — more hotels, attractions, price levels, and intellectual property tie-ins. As the current CEO prepares to depart in a year and a half, we're getting more curious about who will replace him, and what that person's vision will include.

2 months ago

Wanda Group Invests $15 Billion in Hunan Theme Park, Aims to Be Globe’s Largest Tour Company

Wanda Group Invests $15 Billion in Hunan Theme Park, Aims to Be Globe’s Largest Tour Company

Prudence Ho, Bloomberg

Regardless of whether Dalian Wanda Group keeps trying to position itself as a rival to Disney, one thing is clear: There are going to be a lot of theme parks in China in the near future.

2 months ago

Still Struggling, SeaWorld Announces Major Cost-Cutting Plans

Still Struggling, SeaWorld Announces Major Cost-Cutting Plans

Hannah Sampson, Skift

SeaWorld has a couple of big goals: Cut costs in a big way and get more people to visit. We're not sure how those priorities are going to work together.

2 months ago

Disney Parks Get Permission to Add Drones to the Mix in the U.S.

Disney Parks Get Permission to Add Drones to the Mix in the U.S.

Associated Press

Disney may use these for security, but we're certain they'll use them for nighttime entertainment events.

2 months ago