The Wizarding World of Harry Potter continues to affect the Orlando tourism scene, although it has not even been two months since officially coming on the scene. The Walt Disney Company announced plans to do some retooling to the highly anticipated major renovation of Fantasy Land in the Magic Kingdom Orlando. Recent reports have Disney lessening the heavy use of Princesses as a major point of emphasis. The Princess theme originally planned on for the rebirth of Fantasy Land while highly attractive to young girls, has no appeal to boys in the same age range. While Disney says it has nothing to do with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I myself am skeptical of the reported reasons. With less than a year to go until the debut of the new Fantasy Land, Disney attendance is down and Universal Orlando’s attendance is skyrocketing. It should be obvious to theme park insiders that it has everything to do with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Disney also announced that it is opening a new Star Tours attraction in 2011 at both Disney Land in California and Disney World in Florida. The attraction will continue to be located between the two sets of the Star Wars Trilogies.
Notable anniversaries: the California Grill celebrated its fifteenth with very little fanfare; after all it is the most popular fine dining restaurant at Walt Disney World and in little need of promotion. I suggest if you go make reservations as far in advance as possible to get reservations and one of those coveted window tables. Capone’s Dinner & Show passed its 18th anniversary in August quietly. Plans are to celebrate Capone’s 20th anniversary in 2012 with a new show and an anniversary celebration.
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