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Old 09-21-2012, 12:43 AM   #151
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BK would be nice, but if Disney wants to get the turnstiles spinning the best thing they can do us close the deal with the Chinese government for a couple of Pandas
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:02 AM   #152
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BK would be nice, but if Disney wants to get the turnstiles spinning the best thing they can do us close the deal with the Chinese government for a couple of Pandas
No offense but why in the world would pandas bring people to the park? They're cute and all but not exactly a big attraction.
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:29 AM   #153
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No offense but why in the world would pandas bring people to the park? They're cute and all but not exactly a big attraction.
uhh... pandas are a HUGE draw for zoos... I mean HUGE.

http://www.newser.com/article/da1bns...ashington.html

"Zoo director Dennis Kelly said officials expect the newborn will bring an additional 250,000 to 500,000 visitors to the zoo over the next year. That's on top of the 2 million visitors the zoo already receives annually."

could you imagine a 12.5-25% boost in visitors at animal kingdom?
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:38 AM   #154
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uhh... pandas are a HUGE draw for zoos... I mean HUGE.

http://www.newser.com/article/da1bns...ashington.html

"Zoo director Dennis Kelly said officials expect the newborn will bring an additional 250,000 to 500,000 visitors to the zoo over the next year. That's on top of the 2 million visitors the zoo already receives annually."

could you imagine a 12.5-25% boost in visitors at animal kingdom?
Interesting. I cannot imagine planning a theme park trip around a single animal. Maybe I'm just spoiled b/c I can easily access the Washington Zoo where they have pandas. I guess I can see pandas being a big draw for a zoo, but for a theme park? I dunno. I think it takes more than an animal you just look at to provide that kind of a boost. Theme parks are also considerably more expensive ticket-wise (plus lodging etc). That kind of a boost is on par with WWoHP. Can't imagine pandas being on the same plane of interest.
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Interesting. I cannot imagine planning a theme park trip around a single animal. Maybe I'm just spoiled b/c I can easily access the Washington Zoo where they have pandas. I guess I can see pandas being a big draw for a zoo, but for a theme park? I dunno. I think it takes more than an animal you just look at to provide that kind of a boost. Theme parks are also considerably more expensive ticket-wise (plus lodging etc). That kind of a boost is on par with WWoHP. Can't imagine pandas being on the same plane of interest.
Its certainly different for a theme park but it would definately increase local interest and could increase time spent at the park by those week long visitors
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:42 AM   #156
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I would be willing to bet that the attendance jump and press exposure from pandas at DAK would FAR surpass anything a ride can attract. And there is reason to believe Disney knows this and has been working on it for some time
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Pandas would draw at least as much attention as a ride. A whole land? Maybe not

I think it would be great at rafiki's
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the pandas at DC are HUGE draws. when that cub is old enough to show itself, tons of people will be out there. However, there's no admission charge for the National Zoo.

But they're very very expensive - you have to pay China a bunch of loot and even then you are only renting the pandas. It being a Disney park, they'd have to build an Asia to go with them.
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the pandas at DC are HUGE draws. when that cub is old enough to show itself, tons of people will be out there. However, there's no admission charge for the National Zoo.

But they're very very expensive - you have to pay China a bunch of loot and even then you are only renting the pandas. It being a Disney park, they'd have to build an Asia to go with them.
Disney and china are now business partners thougj
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It being a Disney park, they'd have to build an Asia to go with them.
I believe that AK already has an Asia section. They would still need to build a habitat, but I bet they could fit one in somewhere.
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I believe that AK already has an Asia section. They would still need to build a habitat, but I bet they could fit one in somewhere.
Yup... Expedition Everest and Kali River Rapids are in Asia. I dont really know where they could fit in a big habitat in that area though... lots of space behind the rides but not much that would be easily accessible.
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BK would be nice, but if Disney wants to get the turnstiles spinning the best thing they can do us close the deal with the Chinese government for a couple of Pandas
Would Giant Pandas be practical in the Orlando heat and humidity
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I believe that AK already has an Asia section. They would still need to build a habitat, but I bet they could fit one in somewhere.
The rumor is rafikis. An indoor exhibit in Asia also possible
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the pandas at DC are HUGE draws. when that cub is old enough to show itself, tons of people will be out there. However, there's no admission charge for the National Zoo.

But they're very very expensive - you have to pay China a bunch of loot and even then you are only renting the pandas. It being a Disney park, they'd have to build an Asia to go with them.

I just heard the sad news about that panda cub. I was looking forward to visiting that baby .
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:51 PM   #165
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Pandas would be awesome! I think a new land at DHS and pandas at AK would be good for now. Not thrilled on Cars Land, as I would like to see something new, but I bet if I actually went to Cars Land and saw how magnificent it is, I may change my mind because now that I think about it bringing something like Indy to Flordia would make me SO HAPPY! A plus for Pandas is the safety of Rafiki's. I would hate too see Rafiki's go as it is my favorite part of AK.
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