Walt Disney Co. raised the cost of attending its California theme parks during peak times by more than 10 percent ahead of the opening of a new “Star Wars” land. The cost for a one-day ticket during peak times, typically summers, weekends and holidays, rose 10.4 percent to $149 from $135. The least-expensive daily ticket rose 7.2 percent to $104. The prices apply to both the original Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and its sister park, California Adventure. Discounts will be available for multi-day purchases, military personnel and Southern California residents. Disney has been investing billions of dollars in its resort division over the past few years, taking characters from its Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm brands and turning them into attractions that have lured guests. Attendance at the company’s parks worldwide rose 4 percent last year, while spending per guest increased 6 percent. Crowd control will be even more of a challenge with the introduction of the … [Read more...] about Disney raises California park prices 10% to almost $150 per day
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By Hamdi Issawi StarMetro Edmonton Mon., Sept. 10, 2018 EDMONTON—“It’s not an ‘If I’ll walk,’” Landon Smith said. “It’s a ‘When I’ll walk.’” On Monday, Landon, who broke his neck at a Sherwood Park, Alta., trampoline park in January 2017, announced that he’s headed to the University of Miami this fall for a clinical trial to try to repair nerve tissue in his spinal cord and restore the mobility he has lost. “It means the world to me,” Landon said of the trial. “I’ve been stripped of everything in my life. It’s quite a debilitating injury.” Right now, the 20-year-old is paralyzed from the chest down. He has enough control in his hands and arms to command his cellphone, and can wiggle his toes, but he can’t walk, and travels with the help of a wheelchair. The procedure takes place in two parts, Landon said, which first involves … [Read more...] about Alberta man injured in trampoline accident plans to walk again after seeking surgery in the U.S.
Condo developer Grand Unity Development Co, a subsidiary of SET-listed Univentures Plc (UV), plans to delay the launch of its mid-priced condominium project to the middle of next year, replacing it with a luxury building to tap into the growing high-end market.Managing director Siripong Srisawangwong said the upper-end condo market is stronger than the mid- to lower-priced segments, with higher growth and greater demand. "The condo market is growing for units priced higher than 100,000 baht per square metre," he said. "After next year's general elections, we will launch the mid-priced condo project we planned because economic sentiment is likely to be better." Banks' mortgage lending rules for high-end condo buyers are also less strict than for lower-end buyers. As most of the company's condo units were in the lower-end segment, priced below 100,000 baht per sq m or around 2-3 million baht a unit, the bank mortgage rejection rate surged to 15% from 6% two years ago. The mid-priced … [Read more...] about Grand Unity postpones mid-tier condo launch
Home prices are regaining the ground they lost since values started slipping five years ago with figures out yesterday underlining the buoyant market. The gains have been so robust that analysts are tipping that prices could hit a new peak by the end of the year. Their optimism stems from flash estimates showing that private residential values rose 3.4 per cent in the three months to June 30 - the fourth straight quarter of increase. That followed a 3.9 per cent lift in the first quarter, according Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) data. Market watchers noted that while it took 15 quarters to push private home prices down 11.6 per cent at the middle of last year, the market may need five to six quarters to bring them back up. Cushman & Wakefield senior research director Christine Li said: "The sentiment is inching towards another peak. Prices are likely to recover to 2013 peak levels in one or two quarters." The strong market is underpinned in part by more new launches and owners … [Read more...] about Analysts: Private home prices could hit new peak by year’s end
San Francisco—Walt Disney Co. raised admission prices to its theme parks and said it plans to introduce fixed-date ticketing in coming months to help reduce crowding at peak times.Buoyed by new attractions such as Pandora — The World of Avatar, the theme parks and resorts accounted for a third of Disney’s $55.1 billion (U.S.) in 2017 revenue, with domestic attendance hitting a record high. The increased demand has generated crowding and longer waits for visitors during popular times such as spring breaks. Read more: Disney knew its park was full of alligators. It caught hundreds before a boy was killed … [Read more...] about Disney raises theme park prices, plans fixed-date ticketing for Star Wars park