Disney, China seal deal for Shanghai Disneyland
A Chinese newspaper is reporting
that the proposal for Shanghai Disneyland
is now a done deal.
The park would open in 2014, at the earliest. No design details yet, but Disney will own 43 percent of the park, with the remainder held by the Shanghai government, through a holding company.
The park would be Disney's second in China (after Hong Kong Disneyland) and fourth theme park resort outside the United States.
agreed, there are way better places to put another park in. Dubai, Brazil, or even MK/DL. congrats to the chinese, imagine how long the lines will be with over a billion people there.
Yeah, but will Brazil pay for 57% of the park expenses? I think Shanghai got it because they made a deal that's economically viable for Disney at this point.
Everything in Dubai is dead at the moment. With the recent decline in the price of oil, as well as a global credit crunch, almost all of the theme park projects in Dubai are on some form of hold, if not headed to the scrap heap altogether. I suspect that few, if any, of these announced projects ultimately will be built.
What's happening in Dubai currently is a mixed bag. Universal Studios is being built with cranes on site. Legoland will presumably be built since the Dubai government itself owns 20% of Merlin Entertainment and LL is not an expensive park to build. The Snow Dome park has been shelved; it was basically a bigger version of Ski Dubai at the Mall of the Emirates. The Aqua Dunya waterpark has been canceled; Dubai already has two world-class water parks in Wild Wadi across from the 7-star Burj al-Arab hotel, and the brand new Aquaventure at the Atlantis Resort on the Palm Jumeirah. There's a ton of cranes out in Dubailand right now building City of Arabia, which is a huge project including what will be the largest mall in the world, plus hotels, a revolving building, offices, villas, apartment buildings, etc. The "etc." part is what interests us because that would be the Restless Planet dinosaur theme park. It will open in some iteration when the Mall opens, but how much of a spectacle it will be is anyone's guess at this point. It is being built though as a draw for the mall since all the new malls in Dubai have some kind of "it" attraction to draw in shoppers. All the other stuff such as the Six Flags park, Marvel park, Dreamworks park (probably will simply have elements in the Universal park), Busch Gardens, etc. is not due to open until 2012 or later so they haven't made any decisions or started construction yet.
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