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Old 11-03-2009, 03:58 PM   #1
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Disney Theme Park approved in Shanghai

Just saw this on the wires at work...

Shanghai government approves new Disney Theme Park. Shanghai's formal approval allows due diligence, planning to proceed. Shanghai Disney Park would be sixth park location.
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Old 11-04-2009, 10:40 AM   #2
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Hi Just saw the news about the new park this morning, I would guess any hope of a new theme park at DW is not in the near future
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Old 11-04-2009, 10:53 AM   #3
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I also saw the news. Lots of potential $$$$ in the untapped Chinese market. Wonder if any Disney Vacation resorts are in the plans?
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Old 11-04-2009, 10:56 AM   #4
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That's odd to me, because apparently the Hong Kong location has really low attendance.
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Old 11-04-2009, 11:24 AM   #5
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I agree kind of odd.
I mean they already have Tokyo Disney,Disney Sea and Hong Kong Disney.
Another almost seems like overload for the area.

You would think they would expand to other areas

But then again, Orlando has 4 all it's own.
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Old 11-04-2009, 11:25 AM   #6
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They should sell the property in Hong Kong, and move all the rides over to the one in Shanghai and just start over.
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Old 11-04-2009, 11:26 AM   #7
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Oh, and like I said in this thread under the Communities Board.

Wouldn't it make sense to build one in Brazil? wink wink nudge nudge
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The vast majority of Chinese are not going to travel to HK (or Shanghai for that matter)

Shanghai has about 21 million population for day trips and millions more within a few hours radius. This is 'old' news and was just given the final 'green light' of approval; many local people have been talking about it for years and Disney runs an 'American English' school in Shanghai.

The site is well situated for foreign visitors as well, and Shanghai is a very 'easy' city for amateur travellers; too easy in fact for my tastes as it is too westernized and too German for my taste.
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Hi DVCinderella,
Thank you for the information and this is very interesting news. Just one more park for me to visit!!

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I agree kind of odd.
I mean they already have Tokyo Disney,Disney Sea and Hong Kong Disney.
Another almost seems like overload for the area.

You would think they would expand to other areas

But then again, Orlando has 4 all it's own.

There are 1billion people in China.
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Oh, and like I said in this thread under the Communities Board.

Wouldn't it make sense to build one in Brazil? wink wink nudge nudge
That would make a little more sense to me, but I guess Disney knows what they're doing.

It doesn't look like it will be open until 2014 though, which will be after I move back from Korea, but I think I'll have my hands full with making it to the Tokyo and Hong Kong Parks anyways.
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That's odd to me, because apparently the Hong Kong location has really low attendance.
4,500,000 in 2008 according to this report, making it the #18 theme park worldwide, #7 in Asia (#3 outside of Japan); about the same as Universal Studios Hollywood. I don't think I'd call that "really low".
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I'm going to move this over to our global neighborhood board.
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4,500,000 in 2008 according to this report, making it the #18 theme park worldwide, #7 in Asia (#3 outside of Japan); about the same as Universal Studios Hollywood. I don't think I'd call that "really low".
Agreed. Considering it's such a new resort, that's really not bad at all. I must say I'm a little concerned about HKDL's future though, with the Shanghai resort being built. I hope they don't abandon plans to expand.
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Old 11-05-2009, 01:57 PM   #15
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Wow, a lot of ignorant comments here. Anyone who knows about the layout of China, it's population and it's relation to Hong Kong knows that this isn't comparable to HKDL at all.

HKDL didn't have a lot of attendance because there hasn't been much there, luckily that is changing and attendance is increasing gradually. With 3 new lands it will be getting much more attendance.

Besides, Disney would never admit defeat and close a park down, it will never, ever happen.

The idea that Disney shouldn't build in Shanghai because of Hong Kong is almost like saying Disney shouldn't have built in Orlando because of Anaheim...and it's much, much more spread apart culturally than that, they don't even speak the same language in Shanghai (they speak Mandarin there, while in Hong Kong, people speak Cantonese).

I don't believe a lot of Chinese even travel to Tokyo Disneyland. I read a statistic that over 90% of Tokyo Disneyland's guests are Japanese. Amazing when you consider how small Japan is and the fact that they're constantly showing numbers that rival the WDW parks in attendance.

Now that I've said that, Disney has it's biggest challenge with building a park in Shanghai. Every other park they've built has had a long western influence and is quite familiar with the western fairy tales, etc. I don't believe this is the case with Shanghai.

This means they will probably be making the park a large departure from what we've seen from the other DL parks, if not, I think Disney might be a difficult sell.

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