Walt Disney World 45th Anniversary

Walt Disney World 45th Anniversary: Why It Matters

Today was the45th anniversary of Walt Disney World. Here’s what I observed on this “special” day: Transportation had buses ready to bring extra guests to the park from the TTC. But express monorails–a signature part of Walt Disney World’s opening–were not up and running until well after opening. Guests entering the park were handed free … Read more

Making Shanghai Disney Less Overwhelming

Making Shanghai Disney Less Overwhelming

Last week, I showcased 5 things that made Shanghai Disney an amazing park. With that list, I identified ways those visiting can really enjoy the park. For Disney fans, it is an experience worth having on your bucket list.┬áThat said, the park is huge. It is difficult to traverse. It is very hot and humid. … Read more

Pleasure Island was an entertainment offering unlike anything on Walt Disney World property at the time. It was its own era. Behind the sign is the old Mannequins building, now the Morimoto Asia Restaurant. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Before Disney Springs

This weekend a major section of Disney Springs opens when their Town Center is unveiled to the public. Up until now, much of the remodeling of what was once Downtown Disney has been largely focused on what was formerly Pleasure Island, now known as The Landing. This major addition of the Town Center at Disney … Read more

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Innovating Relentlessly: Epcot’s Opportunity

In a recent interview by Eyes and Ears–Disney’s internal newsletter–Bob Chapek identified four key strategies: Reinforcing the Disney Brand Connecting Guests to Key Franchises Extending the Reach of the Disney Brand Innovating Relentlessly With respect to the latter, he noted “…in order for us to stay ahead, we must innovate relentlessly and with the clear … Read more

Who at City Hall at Hong Kong Disneyland is really determining the park's future? Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Disney Parks Compete in Asia

Albert Cheng, columnist for the Hong Kong Economic Journal, asked some interesting questions about Disneyland Hong Kong in a recent article. In his column he notes the following: Last year, Hong Kong had 50 million visitors–a number to be envied by most any city in the world. Visitor spending in Hong Kong was up last … Read more