It's an op-ed that doesn't address the issue @clutter raises. The writer opines DLR park attendance dropped because "fans want to see either lower prices or more new attractions in return," but doesn't cite any sources for that. Of course, there could be 1 or more other factors at play, such as reduced tourism overall.I can't open the link (ad blocker is on), but isn't the drop in attendance similar to the drop in tourism from overseas in general? China has been the largest dropoff, but all tourism from overseas has dropped quite a bit.
Disney majorly miscalculated the launch in multiple areas. The worst being launching without the signature attraction. And greed was the reason why.I’ve heard Galaxy’s Edge referred to as a shopping mall with a video game attraction. No wonder folks are staying away for whatever reasons.
I was just about to post this - this is more indicative of the impending recession than it is of increased prices. Recreational things will begin to be cut from the family budget first - it's on the horizon and probably already started.Mr. Recession is walking up the front loan about now. He'll be knocking on the front door in the next couple of years. Should be a good time to visit WDW if you still can.
The amount each visitor spends is a more important factor than raw attendance, and like you said, that figure is increasing.I've seen variations on this article all over for the past month. I sure wish Disney was cheaper, of course, but I'm not sure overall this is bad for disney.
The article says "But not even Disney can keep winning forever. With this dip in attendance, Disney might now finally have discovered that ceiling beyond which it no longer can keep raising prices without consequences. " And I disagree with that. Disney DID win. They had fewer people in the parks, which means lower staffing costs and yet they still made more money than before. Disney doesn't care what the attendance number is as much as they care about their profit. They'll do whatever it takes to make more money.
Same here. I doubt I'll ever go on a "WDW vacation" ever again. But I still might be willing to go for a day at the so-called value price.We made the decision a few years ago that Disney has out priced the value we get from going there.
It doesn't surprise me that enough other people feel that way that they are seeing a drop in attendance.