Over the last few months we've been taking a tour of Hong Kong Disneyland which has gone on far longer than we anticipated due to all of the other amazing stuff going on. And we've also got great stuff from Tokyo Disney Resort coming up next so we decided we'd just wrap up the last 4 updates into one for you all to enjoy.
If you missed any of our previous HKDL updates be sure to check them out. Welcome to Hong Kong Disneyland, Main Street USA, Iron Man Experience, Tomorrowland, Frozen Village, Mystic Point and Grizzly Gulch.
Thanks again to Inside Universal for the great pictures.
Click on any of the pictures below for a larger version ...
First up today is a look at Adventureland including Tarzan's Treehouse, Festival of the Lion King and Jungle Cruise.
Toy Story Land
The last of the "mini lands" of Hong Kong Disneyland, Toy Story Land. Maybe a glimpse of what we'll be seeing at the re-branded Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Next up a look at the great Fantasyland at Hong Kong Disneyland including the amazing PhilharMagic, It's a Small World and Winnie The Pooh.
Paint The Night
Finally, we wrap up our look at Hong Kong Disneyland with a great look at the original Paint The Night.
Thanks again to Inside Universal for these great pictures. We sure enjoyed going through the over 5,000 pictures and we can't wait to start going through the pictures from Tokyo Disney Resort.
Look for the first update from Tokyo Disney coming very soon!!
Yesterday our friends over at Screamscape ran an article from Fool.com about how much Disney was actually spending inside it's parks since 2011.
While the numbers are "technically" correct, what they were actually spent on has been lumped together with numbers from the motion picture and consumer products divisions to make certain things (MyMagic+) seem like it was a higher cost than it was.
Luckily Chris is a spreadsheet master and put together some numbers to show exactly what was spent and where it was spent. We'll take a look at the Fool.com numbers and show you what was ACTUALLY spent and where.
The author of the article took the number for ALL capital expenditures for all parts of Disney including movie production and consumer products.. He used the bottom number on the spreadsheet below instead of using the number next to domestic Parks and Resorts.
As you'll see, the TOTAL for all Parks and Resort expenditures since 2011 is $6.7 Billion not the $14 Billion that is mentioned in the article.
Walt Disney World Numbers:
The article states that $3.8 Billion was spent on New Fantasyland in Florida and an additional $2.8 Billion was spent ONLY on MyMagic+.
The numbers break down more like this:
So yes, a LOT of $$ was spent on MM+. More than DCA 2.0 and CarsLand combined. And it's an obscene amount of money. But it's still about $1.3 Billion off from what the article states.
Moving over to the West Coast and the numbers for DCA 2.0 and CarsLand area actually LESS than MyMagic+. Could you imagine what DCA would look like if the numbers were actually $3.8 Billion?
Additional Parks and Resorts Numbers:
And lastly, not even mentioned in the article was spending for the Disney Cruise line and Aulani.
So at the end of the day, Disney is still spending a LOT of $$ in their parks and resorts. MM+ cost a LOT of money, so there is some truth to all those articles you've been reading over the last few years.
But this just is another example of shoddy journalism to try and prove a point. In this case, you don't really need to fudge the numbers, the proof is already there.
What are your thoughts?
While the rest of the online theme park community was at the Disney press event the past two days (and therefore all covering the exact same thing) we have another Animal Kingdom update.
More pictures of the enormous project known as Avatar which from looking at the pictures below is going to be HUGE (in size).
We also have some pictures of the new area for Festival of the Lion King and it looks awesome. We'll wrap up this update with the secret project being worked on over directly behind the nature trails.
* All pictures by Chris Con
Not sure if we should be calling this Avatar, Avatar Land, Pandora, James Cameron Village or Joe Rohde Camp ... but whatever it is going to eventually be called, it's going to be huge.
Festival of the Lion King
Next up, we have the new home for Festival of the Lion King. They've really done a great job on the new area for the show.
Super Secret Project
Lastly, the super secret project that is currently going on behind the nature trails. The Google Maps image below shows where the construction is currently taking place.
As far as we can tell nothing was announced at the recent media event concerning this area. Anybody know anything?
That's going to wrap it up for this update. We'll have some more Walt Disney World stuff for you soon and we have some friends heading to FL this week so hopefully we'll be able to get some soft-opening pictures of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.