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Disney Is Spending More on Theme Parks Than It Did on Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm Combined - The New York Times

Increased investment means increased risk
The theme park business will always be sensitive to swings in the economy, said Jessica Reif, an analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Disney has greatly increased security in recent years, deploying undercover guards and installing metal detectors, but these teeming resorts could become relative ghost towns if a violent incident took place.

Even so, Ms. Reif said she was pleased that Disney was spending so heavily on its parks. “It’s the highest return on investment that Disney has,” she said.
theme_parks  Disney  redesign  entertainment  makeovers  serious_incidents  security_consciousness 
november 2018 by jerryking
Disney Reimagines Its Stores to Be More Like a Vacation
SEPT. 26, 2017 | The New York Times | By BROOKS BARNES.

The redesign makes Disney’s stores a bit more like Disney’s theme parks. For instance, daily parades at Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida will be streamed live to those colossal video screens. During the parades, store personnel will put out mats for shoppers to sit on and roll out souvenir carts stocked with cotton candy and light-up Mickey Mouse ears.

The screens could easily be used to stream other events, such as red carpet arrivals for Disney movie premieres. That kind of programming could bolster foot traffic, and thus sales — while also turning the stores into a more potent promotional platform for Disney’s films, television shows and theme parks.....As it attempts a new mall strategy, Disney is also remaking its e-commerce operation. is replacing
Disney  prototypes  retailers  overhaul  redesign  entertainment  makeovers  consumer_feedback  theme_parks  shopping_malls  e-commerce  reimagining  reconceptualization 
september 2017 by jerryking
The weekend Globe – bigger, bolder, better - The Globe and Mail
October 1, 2010 | Globe and Mail Update | John Stackhouse,
Editor-in-chief. A great newspaper must speak to the soul of every great
conversation. We are doing that starting today with an eight-week
project: debates Canada needs to have, not about the issues of our past,
but that will determine our future .... It's not just our views. If
you go to our website, you'll find discussion forums on each of these
topics. They've been raging for months, involving 800 Globe readers
sharing ideas with each other and our reporters to challenge and improve
our journalism. It's a beginning. In the months ahead, our website will
be the focus of informed and reasonable debate about the many passions
of our readers and concerns of our nation. Follow the debates, in print
and online, and then launch your own, if you have the courage to lead.
John_Stackhouse  Globe_&_Mail  newspapers  redesign  UFSC 
october 2010 by jerryking
A new Globe – in print and online
October 1, 2010 | Globe & Mail | John Stackhouse, Editor-in-chief
John_Stackhouse  redesign  newspapers 
october 2010 by jerryking
A new Globe, but timeless principles
Sep. 30, 2010 | G&M | Editorial. We aim to be at the
centre of debate in public affairs, & also to probe the issues &
passions that matter to Canadians in their personal lives....Above all,
we try to explain Canada to Canadians & contribute to its life as a
liberal democracy & a liberal economy. We believe in a Parliament
that answers to the people, rather than executive power, and protects
the freedoms of speech & commerce....Our website today is different,
too,, building on's award as the best
newspaper-affiliated site in the world. Today it has more matter, depth
and resources, from community groups to financial tools to Emmy
Award-winning videos. Together, the changes in print and online are
based on technology: new presses for the newspaper, and rapidly
expanding h/w and s/w for our websites, mobile channels and tablet apps.
But technology cannot replace human journalism, the basic task of
finding answers to the great questions of the times.
newspapers  inspiration  redesign  editorials  public_affairs  credos  websites  journalists  journalism  Globe_&_Mail 
october 2010 by jerryking

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