Yeah China is the best bet.I’m pretty sure the next two parks Disney opens will be in China. Both Hong Kong and Shanghai have areas reserved for second parks and those will take a lot of Disney’s resources and capital over the next 10 to 20 years. Maybe we’ll see another domestic park between 2040 and 2050.
I wonder about construction capacity, of the specialized type it takes to build theme park lands and attractions. I remember hearing an interview with a historian about Disney's move to Florida in the late 60's. In particular, the historian noted a lack of expertise that already existed in the LA/Hollywood area and the challenges that presented for Florida. Of course, with theme parks providing the lion's share of the Orlando economy for the last 50 years, the infrastructure is there. But how thin will it be spread with one massive project like Universal's, vs TWO massive projects if Disney builds another park.Orlando needs to really beef up the amount of people in it in order to support more parks. 14,000 people for this new Universal park and that will be tough to fill. Disney would certainly need probably that much as well. The Orlando market can't support 30,000 more jobs right now because there just aren't enough people.
I really do agree with you. However, the one argument I'd make as a Pro for a 5th gate would be thinning the crowds. Having more rides at the existing parks just makes them more crowded. Having another place for people to go to would at least spread the attendees out. If for no other reason than that, I'd love to see a 5th gate. But like I said, I do agree with you aside from that aspect.Adding Pandora, SWGE, TSL and a few new rides at Epcot is almost like adding a 5th gate. All those parks have net-new rides amounting to the same we'd probably see in a new park.
Do we want more additions to these parks or just another small park like DHS or AK were at opening with only 4 new rides and a few shows?
Disney just needs to add on to their existing "half day" parks. After the Epcot overhaul, Disney needs to go back to AK and either expand Pandora or change up Dinoland (to get rid of those carnival rides). AK still is pretty light on attractions.
Sure . there is more excitement around a brand new park, but we'll probably see Disney add in yet another new hotel in their vast space before we see a 5th gate.
That is a good point. But does adding a 5th park draw even more people so it is a wash? Making the existing parks bigger helps thin crowds too. SWGE will make the "area" of DHS so much bigger. Pandora helped spread out crowds down in a separate corner, add better attractions in the Dinoland area and that would pull crowds that way too. The new rides in World Showcase help pull crowds to that often-skipped part of the park (for families).I really do agree with you. However, the one argument I'd make as a Pro for a 5th gate would be thinning the crowds. Having more rides at the existing parks just makes them more crowded. Having another place for people to go to would at least spread the attendees out. If for no other reason than that, I'd love to see a 5th gate. But like I said, I do agree with you aside from that aspect.
Nothing wrong with being a believer and dreaming. Just don't let it intrude too much on reality. The stage and room for the "secret Disney Project" is not the biggest. It's unlikely they would announce a new gate without being able to take full advantage of it. We will see, but I think this is just a dream. SW:GE is still a huge focus. Seeing how that land actually does once it is fully realized will consume the bean counters in the Parks area for quite a while. Once that affect is realized and quantified, and the 50th and all that is going for the 50th, plus the EPCOT reimagining finishes, then attention might turn. But there is so much going on right now that will all need to be finalized, opened, analyzed and evaluated before a Fifth Gate becomes a priority.I don't know you guys. I'm convinced that a 5th gate will be announced before Iger leaves. All these new hotels, attendance up, Universal's new gate (to name a few reasons I think so) Now there is a surprise announcement at D23 added to the schedule right after Universal announced the name of their new gate? It's been 21 years since Disney has added a gate? Isn't that the longest they've gone? And what has Joe Rohde been up to anyway? Has he been working on any big projects (besides the 5th gate )? I have a feeling that my comment is going to be ripped apart by all of you, but I'm a believer! I just hope the 5th gate is something to get excited about (DisneySea). A girl can dream.... right?
The only thing that has me thinking no 5th gate is all of the comments on here (by Disney aficionados) saying "NO WAY".
5th gate posts are total click bait for me.
I live in the Orlando area ,and many of our community’s are fast growing and lots of job growth ,odd because last month unemployment was up ,what I feel we do not have enough of is construction workers and central Florida has all these building codes .Also before a place can even build something they have to submit the plan’s to the county ,and there are a few things in central Florida that have been announced but have been delayed or cancelled .Yes this new park is happening but imo it would take years to build.Yeah China is the best bet.
Orlando needs to really beef up the amount of people in it in order to support more parks. 14,000 people for this new Universal park and that will be tough to fill. Disney would certainly need probably that much as well. The Orlando market can't support 30,000 more jobs right now because there just aren't enough people.