Disney's China play hinges on new Hong Kong park 6-16-05

On Saturday nights in southern China, many families watch 50-year-old footage of a foreigner named Walt Disney describing how he designed the "happiest place on Earth."

This Chinese-language version of the "Magical World of Disneyland" TV show is designed to educate the Chinese about Disney's world and lure them to the $3.2 billion Hong Kong Disneyland.

Hosted by a Chinese pop star, the show features black-and-white clips of the late Mr. Disney explaining his California masterpiece. "Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and hard facts that have created America ... with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world." The old footage of Mr. Disney appears between modern-day images of the groundbreaking at the Hong Kong park, which is a replica of the original in Anaheim.