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Disney’s Big Bet  <br> Pandora:  The World of Avatar

Disney’s Big Bet
Pandora: The World of Avatar

August 28, 2017 No Comments

  There are many clichés that exist about taking risks.  For Disney’s latest mega-attraction, the one that resonates loudest is if you’re going to take a risk, make it a big and bold one. Indeed, when it came to expanding their Animal Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World, Disney bet big on the Avatar franchise—a […]

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Training Trends from the Disney Trenches<br> Behind the Scenes at Pandora – The World of Avatar

Training Trends from the Disney Trenches
Behind the Scenes at Pandora – The World of Avatar

May 24, 2017 No Comments

By Chad Emerson In the next issue, The Large Park Report will offer extensive coverage for the newly-opened Pandora—The World of Avatar which is arguably one of the most ambitious domestic theme park additions in decades.  Indeed, other than Harry’s Wizarding Worlds at Universal Orlando, few new additions rival Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in […]

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Dreaming It and Theming It <br>Eateries with a Story at Large Parks

Dreaming It and Theming It
Eateries with a Story at Large Parks

April 6, 2017 No Comments

By Chad Emerson As the big summer season gets closer, exciting innovations will debut throughout the large park and resort industry.  While these often involve thrilling rides and signature shows, parks are increasingly investing in immersive dining experiences too.  In this installment, The Large Park Report explores the intersection of eating and entertainment at theme […]

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Scaring Up Business <br>Halloween Events at Large Parks

Scaring Up Business
Halloween Events at Large Parks

February 13, 2017 No Comments

By Chad Emerson While it’s still the quiet winter months for many large parks and resorts, that doesn’t mean busy planning isn’t underway.  Though the summer months garner much of the interest, Halloween season is one of the fastest growing (and one of the most profitable) times of the year for large parks.  This issue, […]

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Predictions and Observations: What to Expect in 2017

Predictions and Observations: What to Expect in 2017

December 29, 2016 No Comments

By Chad Emerson 2016 was an extremely successful year for the industry’s large parks and resorts with increased ticket sales, room nights, and overall revenue.  Will that trend continue in 2017? To help answer that question, in this issue The Large Park Reports examines the new attractions planned for this year as well as a new […]

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The Year in Review: 2016 at Large Parks and Resorts

The Year in Review: 2016 at Large Parks and Resorts

October 25, 2016 No Comments

By Chad Emerson Every November, industry leaders gather for the annual IAAPA Attractions Expo and, in most years, do so at the massive Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. This is hardly a surprise considering that Central Florida contains one of the highest concentrations of large parks in the country. Oftentimes, you’ll see contingencies […]

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Mousing Around with Store Size   <br>Disney Bets on Small Shops within Shops

Mousing Around with Store Size
Disney Bets on Small Shops within Shops

May 25, 2016 No Comments

By Chad Emerson During its recent spring media event, Walt Disney World leaders shared details on hundreds of millions of dollars in new rides and shows that the resort will be debuting over the next two years.  From Star Wars to Avatar, the House of Mouse is betting big on new attractions in Central Florida. […]

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Halloween: How Parks Get Scary for Fall

Halloween: How Parks Get Scary for Fall

February 22, 2016 No Comments

By Greg Curling Halloween is big business. From costumes to candy to party favors, Americans spend just shy of $7 billion per year on the favored holiday.  According to the Haunted Attraction Association, haunted houses alone generate more than $300 million annually. While theme parks do not report specific event revenue, it’s a safe assumption […]

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Where the Fun Flows Freely  <br>Dining and Alcohol Options at Large Parks

Where the Fun Flows Freely
Dining and Alcohol Options at Large Parks

January 4, 2016 No Comments

By Chad Emerson If I told you that one single resort has a restaurant with over 4,200 wines in its cellar, another restaurant with 20 sommeliers on staff, and a third with the largest collection of South African wines in America, where would you guess? A beautiful Miami Beach resort?  A 5 Star Colorado ski […]

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Harry versus Luke: The Battle to Watch in 2016

October 23, 2015 No Comments

By Chad Emerson  2016 will be the year that Harry Potter and Luke Skywalker finally do battle. When it comes to fictional franchises, JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and George Lucas’ Star Wars are among the most popular – and profitable – ever.  That’s why it’s hardly a surprise that Universal and Disney respectively paid millions […]

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