Are the U.S. parks locked out of bringing TDS attractions over here?

Discussion in 'Disney Rumors and News' started by TigerLaw, Sep 27, 2002.

  1. TigerLaw

    TigerLaw DIS Veteran

    Mar 17, 2000
    Just a quick question for everyone - does anyone know if there is some sort of contractual "lockout" whereby any of the disney sea attractions cannot be placed in any other parks for a certain period of time? My thought here was given the "cost cutting" mentality, wouldn't it be cheaper to bring some of those attractions over here instead of coming up with totally new ideas? I know that's not what we want, but if the choice is stormrider vs. another modified off the shelf ride, I think I know what my choice would be. The other issue I thought of is given the fact that so few americans go to japan for the parks, it would not be like the japanese parks would be losing that much business. (and besides, it does not appear that the issue is much of a concern now anyway once you look at how DCA is becoming MGM west!)
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  3. Horace Horsecollar

    Horace Horsecollar <font color=blue>DVC members represent a unique ca

    Feb 10, 2002
    Unfortunately, there appear to be folks in executive management who feel it would even cheaper not to bring the attractions over here, nor to come up with totally new ones.

    I don't think there are any contractual restrictions forcing TDS attractions to be exclusive to TDS.
  4. doubletrouble_vb

    doubletrouble_vb Inspired

    May 13, 2001
    I do see one objection to bringing TDS rides over here. WDW is hurting because of a lack of international visitors. The Japanese are world travelers and are the earliest adopters of new technology. Not that I would expect Disney to think this far ahead but recycling TDS rides in WDW would be a good way to shoot themselves in the foot. Why go to Florida when you can just go to Tokyo...personally I think the Japanese are already saying that.

    They could bring them to Disneyland with no problems since DL is a regional themepark. And...I suspect that would resolve DL/DCA's problems quite nicely...but might still harm WDW a bit because some US travelers would go to Anaheim instead of Orlando.

    WDW needs to have the best of something you can't get in any other park Everybody else has been racing to get a piece of the Disney pie...and the Disney management team hasn't seemed to realize it was in a race.
  5. Douglas Dubh

    Douglas Dubh True Fiscal Conservative

    Nov 13, 1999
    I'm pretty sure "Jumping Jellyfish" was originally designed for Tokyo DS, and then added to DCA as well.
  6. wdwguide

    wdwguide Ex Guide Book Author

    Mar 19, 2001
    Believe it not, the Jumpin' Jellyfish were part of the EPCOT amusement park, plans for which date back to at least 1967.
  7. scooby-the-doo

    scooby-the-doo Uber-Scoober

    Aug 19, 2002
    EPCOT was still going to be a city back in '67.

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