Articles tagged “theme parks”

5 Top Theme Park Trends Dominating the Season

5 Top Theme Park Trends Dominating the Season

Hannah Sampson, Skift

From water parks to overseas investment, theme park operators are coming up with new ways to grow their business. One common thread: Find brands that have a built-in customer base and use them to attract new visitors.

2 days ago

Theme Park Developers Plan $840 Million Project on Mexico’s Caribbean Coast

Theme Park Developers Plan $840 Million Project on Mexico’s Caribbean Coast

Associated Press

Tourists already flock to Mexico's Riviera Maya for beaches and other natural sites. Will there be enough demand for wave pools, rides, and shopping to justify a nearly $1 billion theme park development?

2 days ago

Florida Theme Parks and Delta Ready Resumption of Operations Post-Irma

Florida Theme Parks and Delta Ready Resumption of Operations Post-Irma

Rob Golum and Christopher Palmeri , Bloomberg

Disney, Universal Orlando and Delta are all exhibiting their resourcefulness as they resume operations post-haste.

1 week ago

Disney CEO Is Taking Business Disruption Seriously

Disney CEO Is Taking Business Disruption Seriously

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney often sticks to its happiest-place-on-earth script, so it's refreshing to hear the CEO talk somewhat frankly about the forces disrupting all parts of his business — and how the company is responding.

2 weeks ago

Six Flags Is Trying to Outdo Itself With Slate of New Rides

Six Flags Is Trying to Outdo Itself With Slate of New Rides

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Six Flags is sticking with its strategy of investing in new rides to drive visitors back to parks again and again. It could use some cooperation from the weather for the rest of the year to make sure those people show up.

3 weeks ago

Disney Doesn’t Own Its Tokyo Parks But Still Finds Them Lucrative

Disney Doesn’t Own Its Tokyo Parks But Still Finds Them Lucrative

Jared Wein, Skift

While much is written about the U.S. and Shanghai parks, Disney’s partnership in Japan contributes high margin licensing fees and promotes the Disney brand.

4 weeks ago

Disney Isn’t Seeing Much Impact From Avatar Land Just Yet

Disney Isn’t Seeing Much Impact From Avatar Land Just Yet

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney has a strong lineup of coming attractions at its theme parks in the U.S., but we'd like to know how the newest addition is doing. Executives didn't provide much detail in a call with analysts Tuesday.

1 month ago

SeaWorld Is Still Tanking as Public Perception Problems Return

SeaWorld Is Still Tanking as Public Perception Problems Return

Hannah Sampson, Skift

SeaWorld said a lot during this call after a dismal quarter, but equally interesting is what the company didn't address. We wonder if higher spending on advertising will help the operator address the issues that have resurfaced — and what it will do if not.

1 month ago

Disney’s New Star Wars Hotel Sounds Like Next-Level Immersion

Disney’s New Star Wars Hotel Sounds Like Next-Level Immersion

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney wowed everyone with this announcement. Now fans of the theme park company and Star Wars wait for the execution — and the price tag.

1 month ago

Merlin Hints At Interest In Buying SeaWorld’s Busch Gardens

Merlin Hints At Interest In Buying SeaWorld’s Busch Gardens

Patrick Whyte, Skift

SeaWorld is still struggling and Merlin is probably hoping it can bag a bargain. Watch this space.

2 months ago

Merlin Gets Lift From International Expansion While Coping With Problems at Home

Merlin Gets Lift From International Expansion While Coping With Problems at Home

Bloomberg, Paul Jarvis

Given the number and nature of the terrorist attacks in the UK in the past few months it is unsurprising that Merlin remains cautious. One way of mitigating the impact is to focus on growing globally, which the company seems to be doing.

2 months ago

New Six Flags CEO Is Blaming a Disappointing Quarter on the Rain

New Six Flags CEO Is Blaming a Disappointing Quarter on the Rain

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Analysts sounded concerned that a stretch of bad weather could put Six Flags Entertainment's financial targets for 2017 at risk. The company better hope for clear skies moving forward — or find ways to reach the goals despite rainy days.

2 months ago