Articles tagged “theme parks”

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?

3 days 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

3 weeks ago

SeaWorld CEO Says New Rides Should Save the Year

SeaWorld CEO Says New Rides Should Save the Year

Hannah Sampson, Skift

SeaWorld has been enthusiastic about its strategy to focus more on rides than animals; the rest of the year should show whether that enthusiasm was warranted.

3 weeks ago

Six Flags Is Adding Water Parks to Wring More Money From Visitors

Six Flags Is Adding Water Parks to Wring More Money From Visitors

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Six Flags Entertainment is continuing to look for ways to bring visitors to its parks without shelling out a ton of money on expensive new construction. We'll be interested to see how many existing water parks the company can bring into the fold — and how crowds will respond.

1 month ago

SeaWorld’s Last Captive Killer Whale Was Just Born

SeaWorld’s Last Captive Killer Whale Was Just Born

Jennifer Kay, Associated Press

The birth of the last killer whale in SeaWorld's care will bring a lot of fresh headlines about the company's decision to end its captive orca breeding program — a narrative executives are trying to move away from with a renewed focus on non-animal attractions.

1 month ago

Disney’s Newest Land Is Meant to Add a Literal Glow to Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Newest Land Is Meant to Add a Literal Glow to Animal Kingdom

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney's Animal Kingdom needed more attractions to get visitors to stay longer, but will Avatar be the key to boosting the park's popularity?

1 month ago

SeaWorld Is Selling a 21 Percent Stake to Chinese Investors

SeaWorld Is Selling a 21 Percent Stake to Chinese Investors

Paul Barbagallo, Bloomberg

SeaWorld Entertainment has been making all kinds of moves to turn the company's performance around, but results have not paid off yet. Will this new long-term investment help?

2 months ago

Disney CEO Agrees to Extend His Contract Until 2019

Disney CEO Agrees to Extend His Contract Until 2019

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

This announcement that Bob Iger is sticking around at Disney an extra year is hardly surprising; he changed his previous tune and said he would be willing to extend his contract earlier this year. With a little extra time to play with, when will the company name his successor?

2 months ago

Theme Parks Want You to Sit on a Couch Instead of Wait in Line

Theme Parks Want You to Sit on a Couch Instead of Wait in Line

Mike Schneider, Associated Press

Theme parks have been finding ways for the last several years to help visitors cut to the front of lines or at least endure the wait with distracting games. Eliminating queues altogether will take some logistical heavy lifting, but we bet the effort would pay off with guests spending more money in their newfound free time.

2 months ago

Disney CEO Says Serving on Trump Advisory Panel Is Good for the Company

Disney CEO Says Serving on Trump Advisory Panel Is Good for the Company

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

One thing that didn't come up at the annual meeting: Whether CEO Robert Iger will stick around at the entertainment giant after his contract is up next year. With no replacement yet named, an extension for Iger looks increasingly like a possibility.

3 months ago