The Secrets Behind Disney’s $2.2 Billion Theme Park Profits – Forbes

The concept of themed attractions was an instant hit and, since it opened, Disneyland in California has been visited by more than 600 million guests. Its popularity led to the opening in 1971 of Disney World a resort comprising four theme parks in Florida. Disney parks followed in Tokyo, Paris and, most recently, in Hong Kong, which opened in 2005. Next year they will be joined by another Chinese outpost, this time in the countrys largest city, Shanghai. A familiar formula makes the parks successful disney world hotel and ticket packages and it is repeated around the world. All Disneyland parks have a central fairytale castle, to lure guests in with a turn-of-the-century style street leading up to it and differently themed lands surrounding it. The rides are so dense with detailed authentic touches that repeat visits are needed to see it all. The 3D shows have moving seats, scents are pumped in to match the on-screen action, drops of water are released from above during storm scenes and jets of air are fired from under the seats to convey the impression that creatures are crawling below. The simulator rides take different paths randomly to encourage repeat visits and even the music piped into the parks from hidden speakers changes as guests walk through the themed lands. It is common to see guests tapping the antiques fastened to shelves in the turn-of-the-century arcades to see if they are real or plastic copies.

ESPN, Univision set audience records for men’s World Cup final – Yahoo News

Send Thanks! A link has been sent. Done ESPN, Univision set audience records for men’s World Cup final 5 hours ago View photo Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger (7) holds the World Cup trophy as he celebrates with teammates after LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Germany’s victory over Argentina in soccer’s World Cup final drew record audiences, broadcasters ESPN and Univision said on Monday. About 26.5 million U.S. viewers on both networks watched Mario Goetze’s extra time volley push Germany past Argentina, 1-0, on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro for its fourth World Cup title. Walt Disney Co’s ESPN said its telecast on ABC averaged 17.3 million viewers, while privately held Univision’s Spanish-language broadcast averaged 9.2 million. The networks said those figures were records for a World Cup men’s final. ABC’s telecast of the 1999 women’s World Cup final between the United States and China was watched by 18 million. The total figure for the men’s final was topped by earlier-round matches of the United States and Mexico. This year’s opening round match between the United States and Portugal drew 18.2 million viewers on ESPN, a World Cup record for the network.
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