Crowd measurement is at all times a subject that comes up in practically each dialog that has to do with Walt Disney World. Whether or not it’s a part of the dialogue on when to go or how one can plan your day on the theme parks, the query that usually comes up is “How will Disney deal with elevated crowds?” Individuals talk about increasing park expansions like the brand new Toy Story Land or the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy Edge and the way they might skinny out crowds in different areas. Then the inevitable dialogue of a fifth gate usually comes up.
The constructing of a fifth gate is almost certainly not deliberate for any time quickly if ever. Disney has taken on the huge tasks of increase present parks with the addition of Tron within the Magic Kingdom, the assorted tasks in Epcot, the brand new Hollywood Studios lands to not point out the newest addition to Animal Kingdom with Pandora – The World of AVATAR. All this work leads me to imagine that they don’t have something deliberate to be introduced over the following 5 years on the very least.
So if Disney’s main theme park plans encompass simply increasing present parks which is able to inevitably entice much more folks, how can Disney count on to skinny out crowds and supply a greater expertise for his or her visitors? The reply is definitely proper in entrance of us with the plans for the Star Wars lodge; from Bob Chapek,
[The Star Wars Hotel is] not like something that exists as we speak. From the second you arrive, you’ll change into part of a Star Wars story! You’ll instantly change into a citizen of the galaxy and expertise all that entails, together with dressing up within the correct apparel. As soon as you allow Earth, you’ll uncover a starship alive with characters, tales, and adventures that unfold throughout you. It’s 100% immersive, and the story will contact each single minute of your day, and it’ll culminate in a novel journey for each one that visits.
Disney is making a themed expertise inside your personal lodge and I imagine that is solely the start. Presently, your lodge is a spot so that you can loosen up, sleep, eat, and luxuriate in swimming pools. The expertise is just not overly distinctive outdoors of being on Disney property. You’ll find an analogous expertise in lots of different resorts around the globe. Shifting ahead, I imagine that Disney will make your resort a full-fledged themed expertise that can embrace you being a part of the story.
Think about a Frozen lodge the place you arrive on a Friday and by Sunday, you might be celebrating the coronation of Elsa. In between you, watch the lodge rework from a musty closed fortress to a clear pleased place prepared for a celebration. You take part in occasions, dinners, and exhibits that might preserve you occupied for a day or extra. That is actually what most individuals expect with the Star Wars lodge.
So why does Disney wish to do that? It will likely be a premium expertise that they are going to have the ability to cost you extra for; greater than a household would usually spend in a day on the parks together with meals. This will get households spending extra money whereas additionally scaling down the parks a bit extra. You’ll almost certainly see a minimal of a tripling of deluxe lodge pricing to make up for the price of tickets not being bought. Not solely that, it’s far inexpensive to construct a lodge than to construct a multi-billion greenback theme park the place land will be limiting.
Disney additionally simply redesigned the web expertise with the brand new ticket system that helps “plan” your Disney trip. If these sorts of lodge experiences are deliberate for the longer term, you’ll almost certainly begin seeing cut up keep offers and the instruments that assist the logistics of doing that just a few years earlier than these resorts are constructed.
Disney is about to complete the Riviera Resort they usually simply introduced plans for a brand new DVC Resort at Fort Wilderness to not point out that you simply even have the Star Wars lodge that can start development quickly. This tells me that Disney is way extra comfy constructing new resorts over new theme parks. As soon as the Star Wars lodge is totally open and a confirmed idea, there might be extra resorts identical to it for each fashionable Disney mental property on the market.
Are you able to think about staying on the Beast’s fortress that can be hooked up to the again of the Magic Kingdom? And also you thought lunch at Be Our Visitor was a tricky ticket to get?
That is all hypothesis in fact, but when the Star Wars lodge is a hit and the value level is true, you might even see extra resorts identical to this being constructed over the following decade reasonably than any theme park upgrades. This may make Walt Disney World, once more, probably the most distinctive household vacation spot on this planet and a step above its competitors like Common.