Disneyland hasn’t been doing too well this summer and it looks like Disney is putting the blame on the Mickey Mouse House’s new Star Wars theme park, Galaxy’s Edge.
Disney just recently had an earnings call for the third quarter of the year (via Yahoo! Finance), and during the meeting, Disney CEO Bob Iger addressed the decline in park attendance and how it was impacted by the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
There was a whole lot of anticipation building up over the Star Wars theme park. Analysts believed that crowds would come rushing through the gates once Galaxy’s Edge opened at Disneyland, and according to Iger, it was this expectation of overcrowding that may have caused guests to reconsider their vacations at the park.
“Some people stayed away just because they expected that it would not be a great guest experience,” Iger claimed.
Not only that, but hotels were raising their prices as well. Since analysts were expecting a major influx in visitors, local hotels around the area also raised their prices. This may have influenced guests in keeping away from Disneyland – they wanted to avoid the rising cost.
“So, it simply got more expensive to come stay in Anaheim,” he said. “In addition to that, we raised our prices, we brought our daily price up, so if you think about local visitation we brought the price of a one-day ticket up substantially from a year ago.”
Unfortunately, it seems like Disney didn’t get as many visitors at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as they expected. With only a couple of major attractions set for the theme park (and only one open for the time being), many fans felt that visiting Anaheim would cost them more than what they’d bargain for.
The second Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set to open in Disneyland’s Orlando park on August 29.