Published: April 8, 2011 at 9:34 AMI don't think that these parks are aiming for "world travelers". They are aiming for the local market. Plus by making them different enough (which Shanghai DL looks) they provide a reason to visit different parks.
Published: April 8, 2011 at 12:50 PMThe Hong Kong government which has not seen a penny profit from the park so far sure feels different about the new parc. For Disney things look different. They get their exorbitant franchise fees on a revenue basis and free adverticing for Disney products without notable capital expenditure.
Published: April 8, 2011 at 1:40 PMI think this is great! China, being the giant market it is, will bring loads of new guests to the resort. Most of these guests, in my opinion, would be people who probably wouldn't be able to visit a Disney park outside of China in their lifetime!
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!
Published: April 9, 2011 at 2:44 PMUgh....do we really need a 3rd Cinderella's Castle? Something original please?
Published: April 9, 2011 at 9:39 PMInstead of overexpanding all over the world, Disney should be reinvesting more into their existing parks. WDW could easily use another billion for new attractions, refurbs (FIX THE YETI) and replacing crap like Stich.
Published: April 11, 2011 at 1:34 PMSylvain -
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.
Published: April 12, 2011 at 1:25 PMDisney investment in China does not compete in with investment Disney investment in America: