Comcast Corp., parent company of Universal Orlando Resorts and other theme parks across the country, reports that attendance and visitor spending rose in 2012. In a recent statement, Comcast reported that theme park revenue rose 9.9 percent in 2012 from revenue in 2011, from $867 million to $953 million. Comcast cited the surging popularity of Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter as the single-largest factor of the jump in revenue. The popular attraction opened three years ago and continues to attract throngs of would-be wizards of all ages.
Comcast took the increased revenues as a sign that their strategy of introducing new attractions at their theme parks was working and plans to continue to invest in new attractions. Total capital spending at NBC Universal rose 80 percent in 2012 to $763 million, partly due to new attractions such as Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem here in Orlando and the Transformers ride at one of their theme parks in California. Comcast said that it plans to open a copy of the Transformers ride in Orlando this summer, and plans are in the works for another Harry Potter-themed park at one of their amusement parks.
"Investments in our theme parks over the last few years have actually reset the level of their performance," Comcast Chief Financial Officer Mike Angelakis said on the call. The new attractions, he added, are "dramatically expanding the potential of our theme park business."
This is good news for the economy of Central Florida, as these attractions bring jobs and much-needed revenue to area merchants. However, new thrill rides and bigger crowds also tend to result in higher rates of Orlando amusement park accidents. Injuries from amusement park accidents can range from minor scrapes and cuts to devastating, even fatal, head injuries that change the course of the victim’s life forever.
If you or a member of your immediate family is injured at an area theme park and you’d like to speak with an experienced Orlando amusement park accident attorney, call James O. Cunningham today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) to schedule your free consultation. Mr. Cunningham has nearly 40 years of experience as an Orlando personal injury lawyer helping injured people receive the fair and just compensation they deserve, and he has a proven record of success taking on the large corporations that own amusement parks in our area. Call today to get his experience and resources on your side!
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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