Within the battle for theme parks, there’s just one exhausting and quick rule: Keep related. It is typically an uphill battle for Disney and Common. Each resorts battle to dominate the trade and have the best attendance. The race is neck and neck, however every resort faces its personal challenges with regards to staying related.
Disney’s downside comes from constructing a lot land round a future—a future that retains holding onto it. This marked a serious change sooner or later world of EPCOT. It had turn into so outdated that it turned nostalgic as an alternative of futuristic. Reimagining it’ll change all that.
Common, nevertheless, has a really totally different downside. Since their themes revolve virtually solely round films and TV reveals, they’ve primarily constructed two whole theme parks based mostly on popular culture references. It is a dangerous transfer as a result of popular culture modifications as typically because the seasons (or my hair colour). One era’s “traditional film” one other era’s “by no means heard of it.” In actual fact, my 7 yr outdated son is aware of “ET” simply due to the journey. He would haven’t any clue what “Jaws” or “Again to the Future” was.
This presents an issue that the park has to consistently rebuild itself. In contrast to Disney, its “classics” do not have the endurance. That’s the reason there is just one authentic attraction left.
So when the traditional Monsters Cafe closed its doorways earlier this yr, nobody was shocked. Basic monster films like Frankenstein and Dracula definitely have extra endurance than Quick and the Livid or probably Minions. Nonetheless, the curiosity of most people in them has waned. Immediately most youngsters and even their mother and father have not seen these films. In a world the place relevance is every part, it simply will not do.
Common’s theme park house is at a premium. In contrast to Disney, they do not have properties the dimensions of San Francisco. To stay related, they have to take away the outdated to make room for the brand new. Disney has a measurement benefit and, due to this fact, can afford to maintain the nostalgic allure. Common would not have that luxurious.
Common hasn’t but introduced what’s going to change the now defunct restaurant, however Sensible Cash is on to the Minion-themed eatery. This appears to be his hottest property…for now. It is as in the event that they hope that Minions are Disney’s reply to its lack of timeless characters like Fab 5: Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and Daisy. Whereas the minions are hilarious and cute, they simply have not been round lengthy sufficient to show whether or not they have what it takes to go face to face with Disney’s beloved mouse. Time will inform if this funding will repay however now, I am abruptly hungry for bananas…