[QUOTE=bethishooked;1112609]Rowdy, has Disney figured out why that happened. I really didn’t see lower prices or an increase in free dining. I guess I’m trying to figure out if this will be the norm from now on, or is it the influx of people who figured out they weren’t losing their jobs and finally are taking a vacation again.[/QUOTE]
A couple of reasons come to mind:
[li]Times are still hard. I know that sounds OPPOSITE, but think about it. During the Great Depression, what did people do to escape the woes? They went to movies. They bought big, expensive radios to listen to the different stations. Same concept here. People need an escape from the tough times. What better way to forget about troubles for a while than Walt Disney World?
[/li][li]The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. That area has actually saved the theme park. Prior to its opening, every year was getting in the red more and more. But while that brings new crowds to Universal, they decide, “Hey, Disney is right here too. Might as well enjoy that.”
[/li][li]New Things! With Fantasyland becoming more and more complete, ground to break on Avatar at DAK soon, and other huge projects, people are getting on board early. Word of Mouth is spreading. Some people just can’t wait.
Those are my top three reasons why I believe the attendance has jumped so dramatically, and the forecasts call for this trend to continue.