Theme-park leaders drop hints with Or...

Theme-park leaders drop hints with Orange County for more ad sp...

There are 15 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Nov 26, 2008, titled Theme-park leaders drop hints with Orange County for more ad sp.... In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Central Florida's theme parks are lobbying Orange County to boost spending on a tourism marketing campaign to combat a deepening travel slump brought on by the country's reeling economy.

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Eustis, FL

#1 Nov 26, 2008
Need more visitors theme parks? Lower your prices.
john 23

Boca Raton, FL

#2 Nov 26, 2008
If they would lower the admission fee for the theme parks maybe more people would go. If they did this more people would go and they would make up the difference on the food and gifts people buy while inside of the park.

Trenton, NJ

#3 Nov 26, 2008
Maybe, if Disney did not double charge for things. For example. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas which started at 7:00 PM you had to pay a fee for that plus you had to pay for park admission. Now if you where at the park at that time you had to leave at 7:00 PM unless you paid the additional fee for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas. The extra fee got you free hot chocolate and sugar cookies. The show and parade were the same as if you where there late at night any other time during the holidays.
Mark Byrn

Kissimmee, FL

#4 Nov 26, 2008
When you combine a recession with overpriced parking, overpriced admission tickets (with less hours & attractions), overpriced food (with smaller portion servings), and overpriced lodging, the result is overpaid theme park executive running hat in hand to the county to promote their declining business. Getting people to pay more for less only works for the necessities of life, and that leaves most people with little discretionary income for leisure pursuits; the CF tourist industry better wake up yesterday if they plan to survive this crisis.
Les Day

Edgware, UK

#5 Nov 26, 2008
Instead of asking the local counties for more advertising money why don't the parks cut their admission prices to boost attendances, even the car parking costs are expensive at $11 a day. Everyone spends additional money on food and mechandise when they are in the parks. If they are too expensive people cannot afford to go to them and won't spend any other money either. The whole world is in recession and having to cut costs and prices, Why not the parks?
Gloom and Doom

Silver Spring, MD

#6 Nov 26, 2008
Sorry you worthless attractions. Spend your own money on advertising. Leave the taxpayers alone. Haven't you heard? The economy is in the crapper.

United States

#7 Nov 26, 2008
Uh, didn't you guys learn from what happened to the president of the OCVB last week? THAT was pretty embarassing. Now you have the gall to come ask for taxpayer money, for something YOU should be paying for?

What you should be is ashamed.

How can Andrea Finger sleep at night?

Naples, FL

#9 Nov 27, 2008
$11.00 Parking makes People feel Cheated.
Cut it to $5.00.

Admission is too High for Many Families.
Maybe Disney just doesn't want
Poorer People to Stink Up the Parks.

Looks like we've
"Fed a Pig
Raised a Hog ".
4 real

United States

#10 Nov 27, 2008
They should ask for a government bail out like everyone else...
jim basile


#11 Nov 27, 2008
why don`t the park lower there price alos lower parking fees. come on parks do you thing befor e you ask for more money . GET IT

Since: Apr 08

United States

#12 Nov 27, 2008
Great, our own local version of the "Big 3" (theme parks) asking for a government bailout. Will the top execs get to keep their high-paying jobs, despite mismanaging their companies during this bad economy?

Raising rates and lowering service is not a competitive tactic for an entertainment destinaton.

Orlando, FL

#13 Nov 27, 2008
It's the same as the automakers. Make a good product at a good price and people will buy your products. Families just don't have the money to waste on the theme park ripoffs. The Micky Xmas show is a good example of how they rip the public for two separate admission fees. Never give a sucker an even break.
Mermaid Man

Bergenfield, NJ

#14 Dec 4, 2008
I love ths Disney resorts. I also wish the prices were lower, but I feel the prices are what keeps the place family friendly. However, I do agree that he double dipping is a slap in the face. I was there for halloween and they tried to kick us out at around 7 in the evening for the night time halloween festivities. My family and I were able to blow by several of the wristband checkpoints to continue our evening, but it made me feel like a criminal. It sucks paying all that money and being made to feel like a cheat.
This needs to change!
Crooked Politics

Knoxville, TN

#15 Dec 5, 2008
These are the same people who have ruined Orlando area. These people run slave operations. It's time to cut back on huge salaries for some at the top. Universal was screwing taxpayers by claiming their property was agricultrial property so they would have very low property taxes. Folks these companies suck. They will rob the taxpayers as much as they can while they stick Politicians in thier pockets.

Somerset, NJ

#18 Dec 5, 2008
I don't understand why the locals wouldn't want more aggressive advertising to draw visitors. At the end of the day, it is for your benefit, isn't it? Since the theme parks are the primary draw for central Florida, why not spend a dollar in order to make two? It would certainly seem a wiser investment than advertising a new arena, or an arts center, or a convention center as it relates to tourism dollars.

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