In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of October 9, 2015

ICYMIWhew! The Disney Community was buzzing this week!

Of course the major news was about the Annual Pass price increase, as well as potential other increases. Both sides of the issue were vocal about these changes.

Other news includes information about a change to ABC Family, ways to add Disney to your Halloween fun, and much more! This week has a ton to get to, so let’s get to it.

 

In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors

 

Of course, the big talk of the week is Disney and tickets and pricing. The Motley Fool wonders, did Disney go too far?

This recent pricing restructuring isn’t the only restructuring that could be occurring. It appears that a pricing model based on demand really could be on the docket in the near future.

Speaking of the price increase and a restructuring, this is a fascinating article and brings up quite a few good points that should be considered. What are your thoughts?

Could we have a date for the upcoming Season of the Force Star Wars event? Maybe

Looking for ways to add Disney into your Halloween? Here are some great suggestions. Which one do you like the best?

Richard Sherman will be honored in a gala at the Walt Disney Family Museum in November.

Was BB8 just the beginning? According to this article, yes. Disney wants to have the next hit must have gadget be a wearable for the brain?!

Ok, this is neat. Disney is apparently experimenting with bringing coloring books to life using Augmented Reality.

Well that would have been epic. John Stamos (you know, huge Disneyland fan) was on the James Cordon late night show and James asked John about his Disney memorabilia collection, however John shares a story that I don’t think anyone was expecting.

ABC Family will be changing names soon–to Freeform beginning January 2016. I don’t care what it’s called, as long as they still offer fun sitcoms and great movie marathon weekends (I’m looking at you Disney movie weekend and Harry Potter weekend) I’ll be fine.

Have you seen the latest trailer for The Good Dinosaur? Why do I think this will be another Pixar movie that I’m going to need Kleenex for?

Forbes wonders, could Moana see an uptick in ticket attendance because it will be the first female-centric Disney Animation film since Frozen? Also, find out who will be voicing the title character.

We know that Cars 3 and the Incredibles 2 is coming. This week, Disney announced when.

The sequel for Ant-Man has been announced and it will be called Ant-Man and The Wasp.

Disney raises parking prices…Universal raises parking prices.

Blue Man Group is going to be offering an autism-friendly version of its show on Dec. 5.

Back to the Future Day is coming! (October 21, 2015, for those who don’t know.) To get in on the fun, here’s a great “preview” for Jaws 19, much like we see in the Back to the Future II.

In Case We Missed It

 

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Rikki Niblett

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10 thoughts on “In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of October 9, 2015

  • October 9, 2015 at 3:43 pm
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    Any word on Skippers Canteen at MK?

  • October 9, 2015 at 3:59 pm
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    Far more interesting than the “fascinating article” are the comments underneath. They mention a lot of points other articles seem to sadly miss…

    “Disneyland on the other hand sees a nightly surge of “i’ll go after work” locals who clog up their security checks, wait in line for rides, demand the best spots at parades and shows, camp out for Fantasmic by laying out a towel they brought from home and of course do so while eating snacks they brought from home, and also use the benches, tables, etc.. to do crafts. Seriously, CRAFTS. They go to theme parks and treat them like some sort of local clubhouse. 

    There’s a reason they’re not wanted.”

  • October 9, 2015 at 4:59 pm
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    That Frommers article makes a lot of really points that make me squeamish as a Disney fan, because they are, in fact, valid. As a Disney fan, I think it is hard to look at the dark side of the business, but as someone who lived in Central Florida for a number of years, it is unavoidable. Wages are, in fact, low for the entire service industry surrounding Disney and Universal. Osceola and Orange county have an appalling number of families who are homeless and live in poverty. Seriously. Look up the numbers. Cost of living is not cheap and the majority of families there rely on service industry jobs.

    Marco mentions above a comment about locals abusing their ability to go in after work and hang out before parades and shows. While there is some truth to the lack of etiquette people might show, it brings me to another point I learned as a Disney World local. In the time I held passes as a local, it seemed that Disney cared less and less about locals every year. Disney World feels increasingly designed around the family who flies in and stays at a resort. If you’re a local who is just dropping in for a day or holds a pass, fast passes are now extremely difficult to get because the window opens much later than for resort guests. Parking prices are quite frankly ridiculous. And, especially under the new system, you have to pay for the top level of resident pass to even think about visiting during peak times. My first time trying to watch “Wishes” with the new Fast Pass (we didn’t have a pass) viewing areas in the hub was by far the worst guest experience I’ve ever had at MK. And then there’s the ever expanding Vacation Club monster.

    I still love Disney World. I’ll be going for at least a day in March. But it breaks my heart a little to see how things are shifting.

  • October 10, 2015 at 8:14 pm
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    I can’t wait for them to spend a billion dollars to tie that emotiv EEG to the MagicBands so the marketing group can tell exactly how long you look at an item in the Emporium and how “engaged” you are with it.

    And if they do implement surge pricing, I propose they rename the daily tickets to “Magic OUR Way”

  • October 12, 2015 at 11:15 am
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    This guy had some great points:
    The solution for Disneyland’s problems has always been and will always been the total elimination of the annual passes.

    Annual passes make theme parks dirt cheap on a day-by-day admission basis – even at over $1000 for a Disneyland local. They visit Disneyland for “just $3 a day!”

    And the crowd out there seriously abuses it – many drop their kids off after school, unsupervised, to just use the park as a baby sitter.

    Along the same lines, the stay-longer-pay-less-per-day pricing scheme works to get more room nights – and room nights and dining are where the money is, not gate admissions. But it also means those not staying at the resort pay less per day.. which does nothing to help Disney as the daily admission cost drops down for each admission.

    As for WDW and annual passholder woes.. first off, they employ 55k+ people who for the most part have the ability to get friends/family in most days. That eats up a lot of the local population. Second, it’s not in the middle of a neighborhood the way Disneyland is – you don’t drive by quickly to drop off the kids at the corner of Katella like you do at Disneyland. It’s an involved event to just get to any of the WDW parks – that keeps people from using the dining room tables at quick services locations from using them for weekly crafting meetups (where they’ve purchased no food mind you) which is actually a REGULAR occurrence at Disneyland.

    There’s also the always-telling Epcot After 4pm Pass. No other park has anything quite like it. It appeals to a particular Epcot demographic – the antithesis on the Disneyland Passholder “scourge.”

    The Epcot After 4pm Passholder visits a park with a capacity level that far exceeds the population on nearly every day of the year (it was just build big, not expecting other parks at WDW to open and spread people out somewhat.) And more important to Disney, the Epcot “fan” (who else would buy the pass?) typically spends more money than proclaimed fans of other parks. They spend money on food and gifts and what have you – Epcot is like a big mall with some entertainment to them and Disney is fine with that because once Epcot passes 10k guests in a day for admission it’s in the black. Epcot operates at 3x that on an average day. It costs Disney almost nothing to let After 4pm guests in to shop and dine.

    Disneyland on the other hand sees a nightly surge of “i’ll go after work” locals who clog up their security checks, wait in line for rides, demand the best spots at parades and shows, camp out for Fantasmic by laying out a towel they brought from home and of course do so while eating snacks they brought from home, and also use the benches, tables, etc.. to do crafts. Seriously, CRAFTS. They go to theme parks and treat them like some sort of local clubhouse.

    There’s a reason they’re not wanted.

  • October 13, 2015 at 7:59 am
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    Take a family of 4 to a baseball game…. Easily $200-300, just to sit in the stands, eat a hot dog, and watch a baseball game.
    Take the family to a Broadway show and dinner in NYC… Easily $500-700. Just for dinner and 1 show.
    Even just spending 2 hours in a movie theater can run that family $70-$100. That’s for basically watching tv on a really big screen with 3D glasses.

    Yes, Disney parks have gotten very expensive. But so has everything else. Surely, a day at a Disney park is “worth” as much as a Broadway show… Worth a little more than a day at a ball park… And worth significantly more than going to a movie.

    Yes, it’s over priced. And the price gauging in the restaurants will make me moan even more. But the pricing isn’t inexplicable.

  • October 13, 2015 at 12:12 pm
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    I’m so torn on this one. I love Disney and am willing to pay a little more, but in exchange I admit that I want shorter lines. I was an AP holder at Disneyland even though I live out of state because it could pay for itself in one long trip if I counted food, tours & souvenir discounts. Now I would need to go at least 3 times in a year and that’s pretty unlikely.

    Yes the locals (I used to be one way back when) use Disneyland like a local park because it is one. To them it is like dropping your kids off at the movies only safer and more family-friendly. And then it gets more sticky – Walt wanted it to be a family park but he certainly wanted it to be affordable as well, with perks for those willing to pay more.

    As I said, I’m torn – maybe if Disney would spend more on making more capacity everyone could win.

  • October 13, 2015 at 3:35 pm
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    We’re not rich, but our family of 3 is flying in & staying at AoA for April 9-15 2016 (ALL costs $5,000).
    Hmm… Do I mind spending extra to insure the parks aren’t 9-10/10 crowds? Not really. I would NOT choose a $1k savings, in exchange waiting on crazy lines & competing for air/space. This is a premium vacation to us, and we expect to enjoy it as such.

    It does leave a bad taste in my mouth how low WDW wages are, especially during years of record stock profits. Supply & demand again? If enough people are willing to accept those wages/benefits, WDW doesn’t need to offer more? Still seems wrong though.

    • October 13, 2015 at 3:49 pm
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      PS- Decided to arrive late 4/8 & get a $40 room near MCO so we can hit the parks first thing and check in to AoA on 4/9. I’ll let you know how it goes… if it’s worth it?

    • October 15, 2015 at 11:27 am
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      It’s the other way around actually.. You will pay extra for the PRIVILEGE of 9-10 crowds. They won’t ever raise the prices to a point where it keeps attendance down….
      More like, on lower attendance days, they will discount prices in order to try to generate more attendance.
      On sell-out type days, they will charge even more, since demand is already basically greater than supply.
      To some extent, they will use the pricing structure to create a tiny bit more consistency. But that is more like moving some crowds from a moderately high day to a moderately low day. Encouraging locals to come on lower priced days, etc.

      For someone looking to fly into Orlando around their kids’ school vacation, spending thousands of dollars on airfare and hotel, etc… A $20-$30 difference in ticket pricing isn’t going to make anyone to decide to pull the kids out of school instead of going Easter week.

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