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

Happy 15th Disney California Adventure!

Happy 15th Anniversary, Disney California Adventure! It’s been a rough 15 years, but hey–they don’t call it an adventure for nothing! Here’s my photo essay on what I love most about Disney California Adventure. If you haven’t been to Disney California Adventure, it is a must. It is a park completely unique to itself, and … Read more

Disney Studio Backlot Tour Closing Permanently

Big Changes for Disney’s Hollywood Studios–Let the Makeover Begin! The Studio Backlot TourDisney has announced that Disney’s long-heralded attraction, The Studio Backlot Tour, will close permanently on September 27, 2014. This attraction will be really the biggest closure of any park attraction ever at Walt Disney World. Up until Kilimanjaro Safaris, no attraction took up more space. And … Read more

2012: Disney Parks Biggest Year

Walt said the “Disneyland will never be complete as long as there was imagination left in the world.” Since the mighty Matterhorn addition in 1959, Disney parks have been adding in a major way. Take a look at those biggest additions made over the years. Then take a look at 2012. It may well be … Read more

Starbucks at Disney: The Siren Call for Balance

Let me say at the outset I don’t drink coffee. Or tea. Never have. Never been interested. I have visited Starbuck locations on many an occasion–usually going through airports, where I purchased a non-caffeinated beverage or some sandwich or pastry. I have no problem with Starbucks. Neither do I have an affection toward it like … Read more

The Grace of Iger on Eisner

Last week’s Business Week interview of Bob Iger on Disney California Adventure once again showed how a CEO takes the higher road when it comes to dealing with his former predecessor. While being questioned as to why Disney California Adventure needed so much reinvestment, it could have been very simple to have slammed Michael Eisner’s … Read more