Unlikely sources are the norm on weekends, especially when breaking news is scarce (or pending, as in the Oscar results).
Recently, none other than the business-centric Motley Fool (via Fox News Business) posted about additions to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which looks to cast a spell over the summer of 2019.
Motley Fool reports:
There’s no denying that Disney‘s (NYSE: DIS) Florida resort is going to be a pretty busy and exciting place later this year. However, with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge unlikely to open until near the end of the year, and no indication when the resort’s first Mickey Mouse-themed ride will open, there will be a void in Disney World to draw in tourists with shiny new experiences during the telltale summer season. There’s only so much firepower that new parades, shows, and an aerial gondola transportation system to whisk guests between select hotels can have when you’re charging as much as $129 for a one-day ticket.
Comcast‘s (NASDAQ: CMCSA) Universal Orlando is ready to make the most of the opportunity. The country’s second-most-popular theme park chain announced on Thursday that Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure — a family-friendly roller coaster at Universal’s Islands of Adventure — would open on June 13, just around the time when schools across the country go on their summer breaks.
Comcast’s once fledgling Florida resort has been closing the attendance gap with Disney since the 2010 opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The trend reversed in 2017, and with Disney World setting the stage for major additions in each of the next three years, this could be Universal Orlando’s best shot at closing in on the House of Mouse.
Very interesting. No?
However, there’s also a point of view that says that Walt Disney World, by not opening in the middle of the summer — or its busiest time of year — might better be able to mitigate at least some of the issues inherent in any big capacity opening.
Speaking personally (and although I shouldn’t have been), I was amazed at how packed “Toy Story Land” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios was last summer after its springtime opening. And, fans and experts alike, are very concerned about what Disneyland will look like after the opening of Galaxy’s Edge in Anaheim this June.
And with my single share of Disney stock in my back pocket, there’s something to be said about exclaiming, “So what?!” More people in the Orlando area means more people in all of the parks.
Oh, and by the way, Universal is certain to encounter some capacity issues themselves.
Just judging by the numbers of bespectacled and robed wand-wavers in both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, well, let’s just say I was ready to apparate to ANYWHERE in Walt Disney World as soon as I entered the immersive lands in December.
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