Même Tokyo, oui même le \"fleuron\" des parcs Disney dans le monde n\'arrive plus à faire le plein. Et en plus, les dépenses par visiteurs sont aussi en baisse.
Bon, ils ont quand même deux fois plus de visiteurs que DLRP mais...
Tokyo Disney Park Operator May Miss Visitor Target
URAYASU, Japan (Bloomberg) -- Oriental Land Co., which operates Japan\'s two Disney theme parks, expects 2.7 percent fewer visitors than it targeted this fiscal year and said those who do come may spend less.
About 700,000 fewer people will visit Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea than earlier forecast, company spokesman Kiyotaka Hayakawa said. Oriental Land, which had forecast 25.5 million visitors in the year that ends this month, suffered from slowing economic growth and bad weather on weekends, he said. ``The theme park market is not in good shape,\'\' Hayakawa said. Theme park operators are competing more for visitors as Japanese reduce spending because of wage and job cuts.
Huis Ten Bosch Co., which runs a 17th century Dutch theme park in Kyushu, southern Japan, last week filed for bankruptcy under 229 billion yen ($1.94 billion) of debt.
Oriental Land also may not meet its target for spending per visitor of 9,630 yen this year because consumers are buying fewer souvenirs, Hayakawa said.
Oriental Land\'s shares fell 230 yen, or 3.8 percent, to 5,820 yen in trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange today, the lowest in almost four years. The company said it hasn\'t changed its earnings forecast.
:arrow: [span style=\'font-size:25pt;line-height:100%\']Et puis, on ne parle même pas de WDW, là c\'est la déprime ![/span]
Attendance Dips at Disney\'s Parks in Florida.
By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press Writer
ORLANDO, Fla. - Mary Poppins, normally swamped by autograph-seeking children, stood alone at Walt Disney World\'s Epcot Center, a wide ruby-lipstick smile on her face and a white parasol in her hand.
The worker playing the Disney character waited some more, but no children with autograph books or cameras walked past. When a group of adults finally passed, she shouted a \"Hello\" to get their attention.
\"It\'s just kind of dead,\" remarked Ginger Bullard, of Cookeville, Tenn., who sat with her husband, Victor, at the entrance of one of the Epcot attractions.
Never fully recovered from the attendance dip that followed the Sept. 11-induced tourism slowdown 1 1/2 years ago, Disney\'s Florida parks now face even smaller crowds with the prospect of war with Iraq so close.
That comes on top of an attendance dip in February blamed on the federal government\'s decision to raise the terrorist threat to Code Orange and snowstorms that shut down airports in the Northeast.
Industry watchers say there\'s no light at the end of the tunnel.
\"Any other recession or gas problem didn\'t last this long,\" said Steve Baker, an Orlando-based theme park consultant. \"The problem with this is there are so many uncontrollables. ... It\'s difficult to make plans or projections since everything is in limbo.\"
Walt Disney World spokeswoman Rena Callahan said she couldn\'t comment on attendance figures. But in the year following the Sept. 11 attacks, international visitors to Walt Disney World declined by more than 20 percent. The four parks saw attendance drop to 37.5 million last year from 39.7 million in 2001, according to Amusement Business, a trade magazine.
Disney\'s Florida parks, where about two-thirds of visitors come from out of town, imposed a hiring freeze and cut back workers\' hours last month. Disney\'s California parks, Disneyland and California Adventure, have fared better since about two-thirds of their attendance comes from local visitors.
The attendance drop at Walt Disney World has been most noticeable at Epcot, a theme park devoted to technology and world cultures. Four of the eight general admission turnstiles were shuttered last Sunday, usually the busiest day of the week. There were no waits for any rides. Many of the theme park\'s plazas were empty. Only a quarter of the Les Chefs de France restaurant in the France section was occupied during lunchtime.