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.