The Walt Disney Co.'s luxury real estate venture, the Golden Oak Residential Resort Community, may actually stand a chance -- even in Florida's depressed real estate market.
With the unveiling of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Orlando has officially raised the bar for vacation attractions in summer 2010. The bold move is only one of many strategies that theme parks are using to turn around an industry that has been brutalized by the recession.
Disney is expected to show improvement in its first quarter as the entertainment giant's cable channels such as ESPN post better results. The first-quarter report will be especially telling as it includes income from the Disney parks during what's usually their best quarter.