Articles tagged “theme parks”

Disneyland’s Hotel Workers Will See Starting Pay Rise to $15 an Hour

Disneyland’s Hotel Workers Will See Starting Pay Rise to $15 an Hour

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

Workers at Disney's parks in Florida and California have already negotiated wage increases, so it makes sense that the company's hotels are following.

3 days ago

SeaWorld, Ex-CEO Agree to $5 Million Settlement in Blackfish Fraud

SeaWorld, Ex-CEO Agree to $5 Million Settlement in Blackfish Fraud

Hannah Sampson , Skift

More than five years after the Blackfish documentary made a splash, SeaWorld is finally facing the music for lying to the public about the impact. In a way, though, the company has been paying a price for years: A $5 million settlement is a drop in the bucket compared to quarter after quarter of lost revenue.

3 days ago

Disney’s Florida Workers Are Voting on a Proposed Minimum Wage Boost to $15

Disney’s Florida Workers Are Voting on a Proposed Minimum Wage Boost to $15

Mike Schneider, Associated Press

If the contract is approved, this wage increase will cost Disney. But the entertainment giant is hugely profitable, in large part thanks to its theme parks — and its workers are crucial to the guest experience. Better-paid, happier workers will be good for the company and its customers.

2 weeks ago

Disney Is Opting Out of ‘Divisive’ Tax Deals for Its California Theme Parks

Disney Is Opting Out of ‘Divisive’ Tax Deals for Its California Theme Parks

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

Is Disney just looking to ease an "adversarial climate" in Anaheim, home to Disneyland Resort? Or is the prospect of avoiding a potential mandatory $18 minimum wage a factor in the company's request to get out of tax subsidy deals?

4 weeks ago

Six Flags Is Taking Theme Park Loyalty to the Next Level

Six Flags Is Taking Theme Park Loyalty to the Next Level

Hannah Sampson, Skift

The new rewards program at Six Flags is designed to keep its already-loyal members engaged and satisfied enough to stay enrolled in a monthly membership. Will the theme park loyalty idea catch on with other operators?

1 month ago

Disney’s U.S. Parks Got a Boost From Consumers Spending More on Everything

Disney’s U.S. Parks Got a Boost From Consumers Spending More on Everything

Hannah Sampson , Skift

Disney's parks and resorts segment got help from domestic parks, where customers spent more to get in, eat, shop, and sleep. With new expansions opening next year, expect that revenue to keep on rising.

2 months ago

Free Beer Is Helping SeaWorld Recapture Some of Its Crowds

Free Beer Is Helping SeaWorld Recapture Some of Its Crowds

Hannah Sampson , Skift

SeaWorld is rebounding, with higher attendance and revenue than a year ago. Will it last? And how much free beer will the continued recovery take?

2 months ago

Disney Will Lift Starting Pay to $15 at California Parks

Disney Will Lift Starting Pay to $15 at California Parks

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

For a business that puts happiness front and center, it was a bad look to be fighting with workers over pay. Now that the California contract is settled, will Florida follow soon?

2 months ago

Universal Confirms It Is ‘Looking At’ Adding Another Orlando Theme Park

Universal Confirms It Is ‘Looking At’ Adding Another Orlando Theme Park

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Theme park watchers have long been waiting for Universal to announce plans for another Orlando park. While Thursday's comments don't amount to an official announcement, executives sure sound positive about the prospect.

2 months ago

Six Flags Wants to Expand Its Kid-Sized and Adventure Park Concepts Beyond China

Six Flags Wants to Expand Its Kid-Sized and Adventure Park Concepts Beyond China

Hannah Sampson , Skift

Six Flags is going beyond the typical theme and water park offerings with kid-focused and adventure options in China, and it makes sense to bring those concepts to other markets. But it's also wise to make sure the parks are delivering what customers want before investing in building them elsewhere.

2 months ago

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.

3 months 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 months ago