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Old 05-30-2013, 05:44 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by Spacedog1975 View Post
Not sure I understand talk of DAK closing early in the day because there isn't enough to do. My understanding is that the early closure and lack of fireworks/night show are both in place out of respect for the animals.

Do we really think AvatarLand will change that mandate?
It's a bit of both.

The Animals on the safari need to start being brught back to their backstage holding areas in the early evening to be fed and checked each day. Animals also don't handle pyrotechnic explosions (ie... really loud noises) that well as they can cause a lot more stress.

So it's almost a given that the Safari would be required to close earlier in the day, and they can't have fireworks as part of a nighttime show due to the loud explosions startling the animals.

The early close time comes from the fact that if you have to close the Animal attractions (The Safari and 2 nature/animal trails), and then can't do a big firework nightime show, There just isn't really enough at the park to absorb the guests or make it worth keeping open later. You would basically be closing almost a 1/3 of the park attraction capacity (not including shows) when the animal attractions closed, so you'd end up with only a few attractions to absorb all the guests, and that's even assuming the guests decided to stay in the park much after the Animal attractions closed since there isn't anything to really keep them in the park if they've already experienced the attractions that remain open.

It comes down in part to a cost/benefit..... Is it worth the cost to keep the parks open after you have to shut down the animal attractions when a large number of guests may decide to leave the park.

The thought, and hope, is that maybe with the Pandora (avatar) area opening, That they can add enough to the park to make it worth keeping the park open longer after the Animal attractions close.

Another big E-ticket, along with the potential C ticket, would do a lot to give guests something else to do within the park without Animals. The potential after-dark visuals of the area would be another item which could prompt guests to stay later in the park (eating another meal and spending time in stores.... driving revenue).

And it's location in the front of the park, FAR away from the Safari and backstage animal housing areas.... combined with the existing Pandora visuals we saw in the movie... Would provide an opportunity for them to build a place for a World-of-Color esque nighttime extravaganza to cap the night. The Colors lights, Music, and water effects [and probably projection as well] would be interesting enough for many guests to want to see and experience, and flashy enough to let them avoid the pyrotechnics which could startle the animals. (distance and potential location/construction design would likely be enough to keep the noise generated from impacting the animals any worse than guests or the attraction noises today do.)

So what we are looking at is that the respect for the animals mandate is indirectly the cause for the park's early closure, and won't change. But the Avatar area can help address the more direct reasons for the parks early closure (lack of entertainment/draws to keep the guests in the park and spending money) , and therefore could impact the parks operating hours.
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:13 PM   #32
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I visited US IoA about 10 years ago. To me it seemed like an amusement park, bigger than our local Valleyfair, but pretty much the same thing.

To me the Disney experience is immersion in another world. It's what we wish the real world was like. Beautiful gardens, immaculate resorts, safe, friendly, and parks with activities that everyone from age 4 - 100 can enjoy as a family. Our kids are grown and gone now, but we still go to WDW.

Disney does need to invest though. HS only holds our attention for less than a day, same for AK, and they should be embarrassed with the closed facilities at DTD and Epcot (Wonders of Life, Odyssey)
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