Thomas S. Mulligan reports in the Los Angeles Times that...Nickelodeon is teaming up with Marriott International Inc. on a chain of kid-friendly resort hotels that will feature elaborate water parks and live entertainment from SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer and other stars of the cable TV channel.Look's like Walt's revolution continues.The first hotel, set to
The Motley Fool's Rick Aristotle Munarriz writes about the possibility of Disney getting back into community-building.There are several rival timeshare operators in the area, but most of the development taking place in the outskirts of Disney's turf is for local residential property and vacation homes. Stubborn mortgage rates, high construction costs, and a glut of
We checked in a little before 9am and to our surprise were given FREE (since when does Disney do anything for free?) tickets to Disneyland! It was a media day and all guests of the 3 Disney hotels got surprise entry.The Honea's write about their experience on May 4th, when Disneyland was closed to the
There is a small number of non-Disney hotels that Disney has allowed to operate on its property. Two were severely damaged by last years hurricanes, one is still closed for refurbishment, The Holiday Inn. It is preparing to reopen, however. So it has put special rates up on the internet. The only problem is the
Although the parks in Orlando have long been a cash cow for the company -- $4 billion would represent 13 percent of the total company's revenue in fiscal 2004 -- the division's operating profit margin has been flat or falling for years. That means costs have been rising faster than the revenue coming in from