Disneyland's Star Wars: A challenge to SD tourist attractions?
SD Zoo, Seaworld, Legoland expansions have to counteract the Force
Roger Showley, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Erik Bruvold, president and CEO of the National University System Institute for Policy Research, agreed on the potential downside for San Diego.
"I believe it's going to hurt," he said.
That's because theme-park goers will have less time for a detour to San Diego if they need more time to see all of new rides at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Universal Studios Hollywood.
He said San Diego attractions will not necessarily lose visitorship but they may not grow much. He noted that the Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum has been an unexpected success but it only draws 1 million visitors annually. The zoo draws about 3 million annually.
One thing San Diego has that other California regions lack is the cultural mecca of Balboa Park, where the zoo, museums and other institutions are within an easy walk of each other.
"The extent to which Balboa Park could become a more tourist-friendly location and ... dealing with the transportation and parking challenge, it clearly could be leveraged in a way that very few other West Coast cities have," he said.