I have been to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, in addition to several visits to Disneyland and WDW, and I have to say that the experiences were completely different! Even if you compare the "Magic Kingdom-style parks" only. Each one is very distinct!
One thought I always had was that Disney could do really well by building something in Australia and South America too. It is a market with a huge potential! And just like China, countries like Brazil and Argentina have a lot of people who really can't afford traveling overseas to visit WDW, for example... So, lots of money to be made!!!
This year I'm going back to WDW (after 2 trips last year!) and plan on visiting Disneyland Paris in 2012... Hopefully one day I will be able to hit Hong Kong and then Shanghai!
Unfortunately, Disney is first and foremost a corporation. They are doing the profitable thing. Fixing the Yeti and refurbishing other American parks with new concepts and ideas isn't going to bring in millions of new guests; building a new park with existing attraction designs in China, however, will.
David Kirby -
I agree. Even the American embassies have different designs from country to country.