It’s been a challenging year for Disney. Attendance is slipping, fan grumbling has increased, and attractions haven’t opened smoothly. They’re still delivering a great experience, but it’s a new world. Universal continues to grab market share thanks to Harry Potter and rapid expansion. There are so many interesting things happening with theme parks. For the latest episode of The Tomorrow Society Podcast, Chad Emerson returns to discuss the current landscape and its future. He’s the author of Project Future: The Inside Story Behind the Creation of Disney World and writes the Large Park News column for Tourist Attractions & Parks magazine. Chad knows the industry and has great insights about what’s happening.
Our conversation includes a look at how Comcast is pushing Disney to act with moves at Universal. Disney still has its incredible legacy and so much to offer, but they can’t run on autopilot. Chad and I discuss the Pandora expansion at the Animal Kingdom and the potential for Star Wars to draw crowds to the Studios. We also cover ways Disney can improve Epcot’s Future World (hint: they don’t involve Guardians of the Galaxy). Disney Springs is another big change, and the results have been mixed. Chad does a great job summarizing the issues, and we also have fun with blue-sky ideas on the Magic Kingdom.
Episode 6: Chad Emerson on Disney World’s Future (Chad’s first podcast appearance)
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