Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Why There Should be a Third Disney Theme Park Resort in the USA



Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort keep raising their prices.

People keep showing up.

"Supply and demand" means that The Walt Disney Company can keep raising prices. And they will. Even with slightly lower attendance (due to caps and requiring reservations) than their peak, they are making more money due to things like "Lightning Lane."

Making more money while having to serve fewer customers sounds great.

But there's a catch.

The fewer children, especially ages about six or seven through twelve, who have memorable visits or vacations to a Disney theme park or theme park resort, the fewer adults, including parents and grandparents, there will be in the future who have a special place in their heart for these venues, or the Disney name in general. 

These trips cost a lot of money. A lot. It's a hassle for parents. A significant motivator for the parents and grandparents of today to spend that money and go through that effort is that they remember visits from their childhood.

This is why it would benefit The Walt Disney Company to build a third theme park resort in the USA. It will allow more people to visit a Disney theme park, form those special memories, and grow up to be "Disney adults," or, at least, adults who want to take their own children to a Disney park, on a Disney cruise, buy Disney merchandise, and consume Disney media. 

The USA is overdue for a third Disney theme park resort. The original Disneyland opened in 1955. Walt Disney World opened in 1971. The population of the USA has grown significantly since then, and while the original Anaheim location now has a second park and Walt Disney World has four (plus two water parks), that's not enough. There needs to be a third Disney "castle park" in the USA. China got two in relatively recently history.  Japan got one in in 1983 (albeit financed, owned, and operated by another company), and France got one in 1992.

A new development in the USA would make money. So why hasn't it happened? Because it takes billions of dollars and a lot of work. Getting suitable land, getting the necessary approvals, getting participants, financing the project, designing and engineering,  building, then staffing and operating such a massive venue takes a lot of work. Like so much of corporate America, the people making these decisions don't expect to be in the same position in five years. They think there is a good chance they'll be working for another company in five years. So why would they care that fifteen or twenty years from now fewer people will feel motivated to go to a Disney theme park? In the mean time, they can keep raising prices at the existing venues. Even new capital investments at the existing locations are easier than building a whole new resort. 

I wish The Walt Disney Company would go ahead and do it. The existing venues only have so much capacity, and that itself is limiting how many children get to visit, and the rising prices because of that limited supply is further limiting how many children get to visit, and thus reducing the future adults who'll have an emotional, sentimental, nostalgic connection to a Disney theme park visit.

I could write extensively on what this Third American Disney Resort should look like, but I'm not going to do that in this post, other than to say yes, it should be a "castle park." Those are the most popular. Disneyland Park gets more people than its companion park, Disney California Adventure, and the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World gets more people than visit the other three theme parks there. However, what a new "castle park" actually looks like can end up being very different the the first two the Company ever built. In addition, I'd think it would be a good idea for the Company to have another location for animals than "just" their Animal Kingdom park at Walt Disney World. 

Taking available land, population, business climate, and weather into consideration, along with where Disneyland and Walt Disney World are, I'd think the best location would be somewhere in Texas.

Even if the project were undertaken now, it would be many years before it would open.

So get on it, Disney!

Monday, September 26, 2022

The Sweep Spot Ep. #343 - Disneyland Jungle Cruise Skipper Roundtable Discussion Part 2

A group of former Disneyland Jungle Cruise Skippers join us to chat about their time with the backside of water, the movie based on the attraction, and how being a skipper has stayed with them in the rest of life. This is Part 2. Part 1 is here.

The Sweep Spot is a podcast focusing on the Disneyland Resort, now weekly, with a Topical Episode every two weeks, alternating with a Current Events Episode the other weeks.
Lynn Barron and Ken Pellman, former Disneyland Day Custodial Foremen, are your hosts. Once per month, you can join a live chat as we record Current Events episodes by joining the Patreon for The Sweep Spot..
For more information and to order books, visit our official website: 
http://www.TheSweepSpot.com

There are many easy and free ways to listen to The Sweep Spot in addition to clicking below.

Friday, September 16, 2022

The Sweep Spot - Disneyland Current Events as of September 16, 2022

We catch up on the latest at the Disneyland Resort. Once per month, you can join a live chat as we record these episodes by joining the Patreon for The Sweep Spot. Our Patreon supporters join us this time as we discuss the announcements from the D23 Expo 2022, and more!
The Sweep Spot is a podcast focusing on the Disneyland Resort, now weekly, with a Topical Episode every two weeks, alternating with a Current Events Episode the other weeks.
Lynn Barron and Ken Pellman, former Disneyland Day Custodial Foremen, are your hosts.
For more information and to order books, visit our official website: 
http://www.TheSweepSpot.com

There are many easy and free ways to listen to The Sweep Spot in addition to clicking below.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

How To Listen To The Sweep Spot Podcast

Please give us a listen! We are the NUMBER ONE Disneyland podcast hosted by two former Disneyland Day Custodial Foremen! The highest rated! The most downloaded! The most acclaimed!

(If you don't know what a podcast is, in our case, it is basically an audio recording you can access online. It's as easy as clicking to listen to it as it "streams." You can also download the file to listen any time you want.)

The Sweep Spot Podcast is a show that focuses on the past, present, and future of Disneyland.

Currently, we have a new free show every week, alternating between "Current Events" and a "Topical" episode.

Current Events means we catch up what has been going on at the Disneyland Resort over the previous two weeks. 

Topical episodes might involve one or more of the following: 

  • the history of an attraction or other Resort feature
  • what Disneyland was like in a specific year
  • an overview of a "land"
  • interviewing an author, former cast member or Imagineer
  • trip reports
  • and more!
Since we - Lynn and Ken - were Disneyland Day Custodial Sweeping Foremen and annual passholders/keyholders for many years, we often include our personal experiences and insights from working and playing there.

Our magical travel and vacation planning partners, ConciEARS, often provide a quick overview of what is happening at other Disney destinations.

In the past, as you can see in our official archive, we had "Main Episodes" that had both Current Events and a Main Topic. We also had some mini episodes, which were much shorter and usually dealt with one topic, such as an interview or Lynn's thoughts related to something about Disneyland. 

All of those current and past episodes are currently FREE! However, you can get a monthly BONUS episode and join us in a written chat monthly as we record a Current Events episode by supporting the podcast at a certain amount via Patreon. The podcast costs us money to produce and provide, since we need equipment, online storage, and more. 

The first place new episodes will appear will be our official archive, where you and stream episodes and download episodes. Once you go to that archive, listening is as easy as clicking on an episode. Bookmark this archive!

The Sweep Spot can also be found on various podcast platforms, if you'd prefer to listen through these: 

So, subscribe or follow there, and/or bookmark us on your favorite platform. Also, it would be great if you could post a review of the podcast on those services, or leave comments, if you can.

If you like visiting Disney fan websites, we're there, too! Bookmark us at MiceChat or LaughingPlace and comment on the episodes there.

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If those options still aren't enough, you can find us on the iHeart and Audacy apps, Spotify, and TuneIn if you like using those.

This is our Facebook Group, where you can discuss the podcast with other listeners. 

This is our official website, where you can find everything related to the show.

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You can e-mail the show at TheSweepSpot at gmail dot com

The Sweep Spot Podcast is an UNOFFICIAL Disneyland podcast, meaning it is in no way associated with or endorsed by The Walt Disney Company or any entity thereof.

Tuesday, September 06, 2022

The Sweep Spot Ep. #342 - Disneyland Jungle Cruise Skipper Roundtable Discussion

A group of former Disneyland Jungle Cruise Skippers join us to chat about their time with the backside of water, the movie based on the attraction, and how being a skipper has stayed with them in the rest of life.

The Sweep Spot is a podcast focusing on the Disneyland Resort, now weekly, with a Topical Episode every two weeks, alternating with a Current Events Episode the other weeks.
Lynn Barron and Ken Pellman, former Disneyland Day Custodial Foremen, are your hosts. Once per month, you can join a live chat as we record Current Events episodes by joining the Patreon for The Sweep Spot..
For more information and to order books, visit our official website: 
http://www.TheSweepSpot.com

There are many easy and free ways to listen to The Sweep Spot in addition to clicking below.

Friday, September 02, 2022

The Sweep Spot - Disneyland Current Events as of September 2, 2022

We catch up on the latest at the Disneyland Resort. Once per month, you can join a live chat as we record these episodes by joining the Patreon for The Sweep Spot. We discuss the rumored “Disney Prime” program, artificial turf, the DVC lounge announced for Tomorrowland, and more!
The Sweep Spot is a podcast focusing on the Disneyland Resort, now weekly, with a Topical Episode every two weeks, alternating with a Current Events Episode the other weeks.
Lynn Barron and Ken Pellman, former Disneyland Day Custodial Foremen, are your hosts.
For more information and to order books, visit our official website: 
http://www.TheSweepSpot.com

There are many easy and free ways to listen to The Sweep Spot in addition to clicking below.

Monday, August 29, 2022

The Sweep Spot Ep. #341 - Disneyland Tomorrowland

We discuss Tomorrowland at Disneyland, including its history and how we kept it clean.

The Sweep Spot is a podcast focusing on the Disneyland Resort, now weekly, with a Topical Episode every two weeks, alternating with a Current Events Episode the other weeks.
Lynn Barron and Ken Pellman, former Disneyland Day Custodial Foremen, are your hosts. Once per month, you can join a live chat as we record Current Events episodes by joining the Patreon for The Sweep Spot..
For more information and to order books, visit our official website: 
http://www.TheSweepSpot.com

There are many easy and free ways to listen to The Sweep Spot in addition to clicking below.