[QUOTE=DisneyFan722;1119478]They should just buy out Universal Parks and make it like a seperate “resort” area geared towards teenagers and adults. Call it Disney’s Super Hero Park or something.[/QUOTE]
Like Disney has $2.5 billion they want to shovel to Comcast and the Blackstone Group for two more parks, three hotels, and a water park, and then once they own the parks, need to change almost every single attraction because the properties are either owned by Universal outright or they have very tight long term licensing agreements.
Meanwhile, Disney might take control of Hulk, Spiderman, and MiB, but they’ll be dealing with Sony and Universal for rights because of existing deals that were made long before Disney acquired Marvel.
And just why would it make good financial sense to buy out Universal Orlando? Even more, why buy just Universal Orlando and not try to acquire Universal Hollywood and the international Universal parks?
Super Hero Park?
Have you ever really spent time at the Universal parks? Marvel Super Hero Island is one of the Islands of Adventure, it’s analogous to Frontierland or Tomorrowland. The whole park is 6 different “lands” arrayed around a “central hub”, does that sound at all familiar to you? Hmmmmm?
As a stockholder, I would be very much against this.
As a consumer, I can’t help but think if Disney did this that they would be spreading themselves far too thin to benefit the two downtown districts, six parks, three waterparks, and nearly 30 hotels that they would be operating in Central Florida.
The most recent examples of what happens when one park chain takes over another aren’t very good examples. First Premier bought Six Flags and I don’t have to tell you how bad their balance sheets are and then nearly a decade later, Cedar Fair purchased the Paramount Parks from Viacom. This is working a bit better, but still, with the change of ownership came a massive amount of renaming and retheming of attractions as Cedar Fair lost rights to all of Paramount’s properties including all Nick characters, which of course blew up their kiddies areas.