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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:43 pm
by Nrthwnd
From Page 94...

toughmudder wrote:I sure as hope the skyway gondola rumor is true. Disney and More just posted an update that the original sources got their facts mixed up and it truly is a waterway gondola as speculated by the poster above ^... and not a skyway gondola... perhaps even an upcharge thing.


This is the only quote that's stated this. Is there a link to Disney and More to prove this statement? :?r

Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:02 pm
by Nrthwnd
^ Or is this just crap? :Pr

Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:14 pm
by jedimaster1227
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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:07 am
by jedimaster1227
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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:07 am
by jedimaster1227
The Walt Disney World Resort has sent us a press release announcing that today Miss Adventure Falls, the newest attraction at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park is now open!

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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:37 am
by Hilltopper39
It's good to see the Disney waterparks expand and this looks like a great family raft slide. It's still kinda funny to me that Blizzard Beach has added basically nothing new in the 20+ years it's been open but maybe after Volcano Bay the competition in that market segment will heat up a bit and change that.

Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:50 am
by robbalvey
Hilltopper39 wrote:It's good to see the Disney waterparks expand and this looks like a great family raft slide. It's still kinda funny to me that Blizzard Beach has added basically nothing new in the 20+ years it's been open but maybe after Volcano Bay the competition in that market segment will heat up a bit and change that.

I'm still not understanding people's thoughts behind Volcano Bay being "competition" for the Disney water parks. I honestly cannot see someone staying at a Disney Resort when there are two water parks RIGHT THERE and shlepping all their water park stuff all the way over to Universal to do their water park. IMO, I've always seen the water parks as more of an "extension" to resort amenities and less of a "park" that people are going to go out of their way to visit.

If you're on Universal property, you'll go to Volcano Bay. If you're on Disney property, you'll go to one of those water parks. I don't really see them being competition for each other.

Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:04 am
by Hilltopper39
robbalvey wrote:
Hilltopper39 wrote:It's good to see the Disney waterparks expand and this looks like a great family raft slide. It's still kinda funny to me that Blizzard Beach has added basically nothing new in the 20+ years it's been open but maybe after Volcano Bay the competition in that market segment will heat up a bit and change that.

I'm still not understanding people's thoughts behind Volcano Bay being "competition" for the Disney water parks. I honestly cannot see someone staying at a Disney Resort when there are two water parks RIGHT THERE and shlepping all their water park stuff all the way over to Universal to do their water park. IMO, I've always seen the water parks as more of an "extension" to resort amenities and less of a "park" that people are going to go out of their way to visit.

If you're on Universal property, you'll go to Volcano Bay. If you're on Disney property, you'll go to one of those water parks. I don't really see them being competition for each other.



Yeah that's probably totally true from the perspective of the resort guests, but what about competition for Orlando locals and non-resort guests? Disney does offer a pretty reasonably priced water parks only annual pass so in my mind I guess I've always thought that the water parks maybe had a slightly higher ratio of non-resort/resort guest at the water parks than the theme parks but that may not be true at all.

Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:07 am
by IndoorSurvivalist
What is the overall scale and length of this one compared to the one at Blizzard Beach? The one at Blizzard Beach is pretty long for this type of slide and is very fun.

Never mind I found a video. While this is certainly better than the one that was already there, doesn't seem to compete with the Blizzard Beach one on thrills or length

Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:05 am
by robbalvey
Hilltopper39 wrote:Yeah that's probably totally true from the perspective of the resort guests, but what about competition for Orlando locals and non-resort guests?

You can't even buy a ticket for Volcano Bay unless you buy a 3-day park ticket and there is no option right now for annual passholders. I assume that will probably change in the future, but I personally don't think the water parks even look at "locals" as being their core audience. At least not the Disney parks. I'm sure those parks meet their numbers every day on resort guests alone so any additional locals are just a bonus.

I mean, look at SeaWorld Aquatica. Every time I've been to that park, I feel like 90% of the people there have their Discovery Cove lanyards or are there because they have bought a length of stay SeaWorld pass or flex ticket. Not many are walking up to the gate and buying a water park ticket.

It will be interesting to see how Volcano Bay does because, IMO, it's a different kind of park than Wet N Wild. To me, Wet N Wild was a water park that people would do as a stand-alone visit. The Disney parks and Volcano Bay are more parks that people do as part of their resort stay. (And when I say 'resort stay' I don't always always mean people who are staying at a hotel on property, but people who have bought into multi-day tickets at a park resort.)