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    It's A "Different" Small World + Rumored Major Attractions + Downtown Disney

    http://homepage.hkdlsource.com/park/attractions

    http://blueskydisney.blogspot.com/20...g-growing.html

    While smaller attractions earmarked for 2008 are somewhat of a disappointment, It's A Small World really is something to get excited about. For the first time, IASW will include popular Disney characters, each in their own respective land. Aladdin, Mulan, Belle, Peter Pan etc. will each represent their countries of origin. The Middle Eastern and Asian sections will be expanded, while a North American section will be created.

    All of this is something to sing praises about. What a smart move on Disney's part! Currently, half of HKDL's visiters come from mainland China. the rest are primarily from Hong Kong. Essentially, it's a park for locals, and a far cry from being an internaional destination. This unique IASW is the first attraction that has really grabbed my attention. Non-local guests do not want to see rehashed major rides and shows coupled with those that might be more unique, but are small in scale.

    If Disney doesn't bolster attendance before 2013, Hong Kong will not make concessions regarding the adjoining land set asside for Gate 2, cost factor wise. Even more scary, Hong Kong could sell the land to Universal, a casino, housing - or whatever it desires come 2013. This would represent a nightmare for Disney in terms of added competion and loss of investment. Don't think that it's going to let that happen!

    The beginning stages of building Downtown Disney is due to commence at some juncture this year. It should be completed by 2010 or 11. The company is clearly racing against the clock to turn the park around. Although there is no clear-cut time frame for the rumored major attractions, the buzz is that Peter Pan's Flight and Haunted House will be the next rides to follow IASW. Haven't a clue as to any of the details of HH. The original name suggests, however, that it too will be different than other parks.

    Following HH and PPF would be the exciting and unique Pirates of the Carribbean/Splash Mountain hybrid being referred to as Pirates Mountain by bloggers. The pediction for this ride is that it will open during either 2009 or 2010. Personally I am salivating over the future potential for what will most assurably become the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort - if Disney doesn't sit on it's hands.
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    Re: It's A "Different" Small World + Rumored Major Attractions + Downtown Disney

    Ooh!! Exciting!

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    Re: It's A "Different" Small World + Rumored Major Attractions + Downtown Disney

    I am not going to pay attention to rumors about the future of HKDL. I would advise most of you to do the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dland_lover View Post
    Ooh!! Exciting!
    Yes, indeedy. The future looks to be so bright for HKDL, I'm wearing shades.
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    Re: It's A "Different" Small World + Rumored Major Attractions + Downtown Disney

    Sadly, the WDC and HK Goverment disagree with you Warrior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TDLFAN View Post
    Sadly, the WDC and HK Goverment disagree with you Warrior.
    Consider the fact that WDC and the HK Government are famous for not devulging information that they do not want to be public knowlwdge. Believe you me, HKDL is not going to sit there and rot to the point of requiring emergency surgery like DCA did. Disney has learned a valuable lesson here in California with respect to building on the cheap.

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    I just feel that the HK Gov has already gotten so much bad flak from the Hong Kong People that whatever they do, it wont be enough.

    For Disney it is a major blow. Any plans they had for a mainland China park are now at least a decade away, Shanghai has looked at what a failure the park has been and is again rethinking the issue. Bob Iger has some tough descions to make over the next year regarding Hong Kong. THe problem does seem to be Eisner and his small park idea that seems to be the big issue with most disgruntled visitors.

    I had to cringe when Rulso said just after HK opened that smaller, more focused parks are the way forward. No, they are not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ride Warrior View Post
    For the first time, IASW will include popular Disney characters, each in their own respective land. Aladdin, Mulan, Belle, Peter Pan etc. will each represent their countries of origin.

    Although there is no clear-cut time frame for the rumored major attractions, the buzz is that Peter Pan's Flight and Haunted House will be the next rides to follow IASW.
    So they added Peter Pan to IASM and then build a full version of Peter Pan's Flight? I thought the idea was to blend all the standard fantasy dark rides in with IASW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peterwhite171 View Post
    I just feel that the HK Gov has already gotten so much bad flak from the Hong Kong People that whatever they do, it wont be enough.

    For Disney it is a major blow. Any plans they had for a mainland China park are now at least a decade away, Shanghai has looked at what a failure the park has been and is again rethinking the issue. Bob Iger has some tough descions to make over the next year regarding Hong Kong. THe problem does seem to be Eisner and his small park idea that seems to be the big issue with most disgruntled visitors.

    I had to cringe when Rulso said just after HK opened that smaller, more focused parks are the way forward. No, they are not.
    Eisner was irrational and a might two-faced - as is this old school hanger-on'er, Rasulo. Don't notice anything "small" about Eisner's pension. I'm certain that Rasulo would himself be disgruntled if Disney told him, "I think that smaller, more sensible executive salaries are the way to go." The thing that needs to go is Jay Rasulo and his type.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wishyouwell View Post
    So they added Peter Pan to IASM and then build a full version of Peter Pan's Flight? I thought the idea was to blend all the standard fantasy dark rides in with IASW.
    Peter Pan stands the test of time. It is arguably the best darkride that Disney has ever built. There are always exceptions to any rule that Disney is perceived as putting in place. Nobody expected two pirate themed attractions at Disneyland either.

    Two Peter Pan attractions can fly! They can fly! They can fly!
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    ORDDU: My sisters and I have read--on other web-footed sites--that there are at least two more spaces left in Fantasyland for dark rides at Hong Kong Disneyland and that one of them MIGHT be set aside for a Peter Pan dark ride.

    ORWEN: And just because they have a Peter Pan figure inside It's a Small World doesn't begin to take the place of a full-fledged dark ride for him.

    ORDDU: Furthermore, we've been hearing that a Little Mermaid dark ride will eventually be going in next to It's a Small World IF the one being planned for DCA is a success. Obviously that means it won't be there any time soon. But there is certainly available land on the other side of Small World.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Witches of Morva View Post
    ORDDU: My sisters and I have read--on other web-footed sites--that there are at least two more spaces left in Fantasyland for dark rides at Hong Kong Disneyland and that one of them MIGHT be set aside for a Peter Pan dark ride.

    ORWEN: And just because they have a Peter Pan figure inside It's a Small World doesn't begin to take the place of a full-fledged dark ride for him.

    ORDDU: Furthermore, we've been hearing that a Little Mermaid dark ride will eventually be going in next to It's a Small World IF the one being planned for DCA is a success. Obviously that means it won't be there any time soon. But there is certainly available land on the other side of Small World.
    The three of you are tripple correct - as always. One little character figurine neither constitutes nor takes the place of a fully themed ride that places full focus on that character.

    Peter Pan and Little Mermaid attractions would complete the enchanting magical spell of HKDL's Fantasyland. You charming sisters are soooo lovable, I might add.
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    It would be a good idea to change some of the rides in Fantasyland from Tokyo Disneyland. I just hope the rumors are true.

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    ORDDU: Thank you for the kind remarks, Ridewarrior, duckling. Just for that, my sisters and I are going to work on a spell that makes sure 2008 is a very good year for you!

    ORGOCH: Yeah, right. 'member what happened the last time ya did that fer another ducklin' 'round here? The whole hex backfired an' TDLFAN ain't been the same since!

    ORWEN: But that doesn't mean we won't keep TRYING to improve our magic in the future!!! Hugs and kisses, Roadwarrior!!

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    HKDL is where Eisner's "budget park" strategy is probably having its worst impact...now a country with 1/5 of the world's population has a low opinion of what Disney parks are about. Disney really missed the chance to make a big first impression with potentially huge financial rewards. Small World is a great ride but by itself won't reverse HKDL's fortunes. With the current popularity of the Pirates films they are really doing themselves a disservice by dillydallying on a ride. While personally I would love to go on a "Pirate Mountain" ride, I don't think that's the best scenario for HKDL...because in that scenario, a Splash Mountain would probably be superfluous, and this park with its small size needs to have as many of the great Disney rides as can be fit in there.

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