When I first heard of this idea of tiered pricing for Disney World, I thought, this is something that Seaworld has already done and it was a great idea. Yes, I am all for Disney offering a 70 dollar ticket for weekdays and off months. The whole month of January and February could be 50 dollars per day, right? WRONG! Leave it to Disney to use this great idea to raise all prices not lower prices. So in order to cut down crowds at the busiest times, Disney is proposing a ticket INCREASE up to 125.00 per day. The 125 dollar ticket would be good anytime then the current 105 dollar ticket would only be good on a weekday or an off time of the year.
This type of surge pricing was no doubt taken from the playbook of ride share Uber and Lyft. It had a very bad reception from customers there and it will do so in the theme park world also.
•SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is proud of our military that serve, defend and protect our country along with American veterans who served and fought. We are celebrating our heroes with a special 50% off single-day admission offer. Participating parks include: SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa, and Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Valid for qualified service members and veterans which include active, retired, honorably separated officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. military. 50% single day admission for qualified service members and veterans
• Offer available until November 11, 2014; must visit by December 21, 2014 (expect for Busch Gardens Williamsburg in which the offer ends for both sales and visitation on Oct. 26, 2014).
Plenty of articles have been written about the new Diagon Alley being nothing more than a shopping complex. There is only one ride in the complex and it is still experiencing 2 hour wait times even though it opened on July 8, 2014. But what Universal is doing is nothing new. The other Harry Potter is every bit as much about shopping as it is anything else. That other Harry Potter is Hogsmead and has been very successful, so much so that it was the reason for the new Diagon Alley.
The architecture is a very accurate in its depiction of the Shops and streets of London, England. Real shops sell things and these fake shops are actually real shops and sell things. You cannot make this complex without it being mostly shopping, it would be inaccurate. There is no reason to buy anything to enjoy the area.
You might have heard that a Man lost parts of His fingers on the Pirate’s of the Caribbean ride located in the Magic Kingdom in Orlando. What came out later was that a Young Boy also was hurt on the ride. The Boy’s injury was not worth writing about except that a Man had report worthy injury. The grown Man went against the rules and put His hands where they were not suppose to be. The boy did also, but I guess We should expect that. So what is the solution? put a fence around the boat? make it so You cannot feel the cool of the water as Your boat cruises on it’s tracks? Will yet another idiot ruin the experience for all?
Do You like to take Your shoes off when You go through TSA lines in the airport? Neither do I but We all have to because One, just one Man brought a shoe bomb on a plane. Each time Someone does something stupid, either on purpose or just being careless, We all have to pay. What will the future of theme park rides be now with social media and the age of instant news? These accidents were happening since theme park rides were invented but We didn’t find out about them. The invent of the internet and the more and more social media outlets has caused the spread of this news instantly. Read more about the boy
I have never read a Harry Potter book, nor do I know any of the characters but I have to say that I have never been so impressed with a theme park attraction as I am with Diagon Alley. I do know London and can say that the architecture is nothing short of perfection. This new section of Universal Studios is the better of the two Harry Potter zones. Islands of Adventure has been out performing Universal Studios for years, but watch for that to change. If Someone has any interest in Harry Potter at all and only want to buy a one park ticket they probably will buy just Universal Studios for now.
The original Hogsmead Harry Potter in I.O.A. provided a huge boost in attendance and Universal Orlando wanted to do the same for Universal Studios and I am sure they will get the rewards. The new Diagon Alley is better because its bigger or seems to be and it is mostly shaded. On a typical Orlando summer day of 94 degrees it was very comfortable. Perhaps in the winter more People will want to be at Hogsmead for more sun and at Daigon Alley in the summer months.
At one time the ride topped out over 7 hour wait time. That should be a record for any ride at any theme park in the world. Universal is waiting to see if such records are kept.
I=4 was already backed up at 6am and guest were waiting in line thousands deep for the opening of Universal Studios. The guest were allowed in at 8am and lines were quickly formed.
The posted wait time for Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts thrill ride, the centerpiece of the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley, topped out at 450 minutes before the ride was shut down. It was restarted about 45 minutes later.
The recent arrest of 16 sexual perverts was not that big of news except that two of them worked for Disney and one for Universal. For those reasons People all over Orlando are interested. Grady Judd knows that and He loves the Spotlight so the whole story revolves around the fact that perverts work at Disney and Universal. The Polk County Sheriff was quick to mention that these People were going to act out against Children if not for the quick action of His sting.
Diagon Alley has now been seen by VIP’s, the media and some Hotel guest. Guest were offered a package deal that included having access to Diagon Alley. The public will officially get its chance to see Diagon Alley on July 8, 2014 but do not be surprised if access is given prior to that. In the past unannounced limited access has been given to attractions at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.
Gays have been celebrating whatever it is they are celebrating for many years (16) all over Orlando. The first years drew plenty of controversy, including boycotts of Disney World called for by Christian groups. Of course that played out in the Gay groups favor by exposing them worldwide. Now it is a known event to Anyone gay that Orlando in early June is the place to be. If You plan to travel to Orlando with Your family in early June and are now feeling sick to Your stomach, don’t worry, You probably will not even notice the queer activities going on all over Orlando. However, if You are single straight male and are traveling with Your buddies to Orlando in early June, You might be well on your way to being gay. Some of the hot Women You meet in late night bars might really be Men so make a deal with Your friends that what goes in Orlando Gay Days stays in Orlando.
The official Hotel for the Gay Days is the Double Tree at SeaWorld but of course they cannot all fit in that one Hotel but most of the gay parties that Children should not see will be there. The gays that stay at nearby International Hotels will not be running around naked and You most likely will not even know they are in town for the celebration.
Gay Days at the theme parks, Orlando 2014
Thursday, June 5, 2014 Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Friday, June 6, 2014 Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Saturday, June 7, 2014 Disney’s Magic Kingdom
Sunday, June 8, 2014 Disney’s Epcot Center
59 million People visited the Orlando area in 2013, many of them were gay but didn’t announce it but in June they do announce it so if You want to be were they are go to the Disney Parks on the days listed above or go to the Double Tree by Hilton at SeaWorld. You can also find them at late night clubs