Shanghai’s mayor also said he is still awaiting final approval from the central government for a $3.59 billion Walt Disney Co. theme park to be built in the city. Disney and Shanghai reached an agreement in January, almost three years after Mayor Han said in March 2006 that Shanghai was making “preliminary preparations” to build a theme park.
“We’ve been in love with each other for many years and we have a very strong commitment to each other but we don’t know when the wedding will become a reality,” Han said.
Disney opened a theme park in Hong Kong in September 2005. During its first three years of operation, Hong Kong Disneyland has averaged 4.5 million to 4.6 million visitors a year, Helen Chan, an economist for the city government, told lawmakers last month. That compares with an initial target for the park to draw 4.2 million to 5.6 million visitors a year, Chan said.
$3.59 billion!? Now that's a number I like to hear. Please let that be in USD.
Originally Posted by tasman
This is what I would like to see entering Shanghai's Magic Kingdom...the castle from Rapunzel, or something like it, viewed across a body of water...a layout very similar to Mt Prometheus at Tokyo DisneySea. Just as at TDS, the mountain could house a large ride. Imagine if this kind of a castle had been built in HK, with real hills in the background...
Agree with this idea. Disney really needs to break away from the two princesses they've been using, IMO.
So it's gonna be a massive complex similar to WDW???
I kinda hope not. Disney needs to be wise for once and consider the possibility that the resort may only succeed with just the Disneyland park in place. I would be a good idea if Shanghai Disneyland was built and arranged in such a way that they can build on and add more extra attractions and lands whenever necessary. They could be the first Disneyland to have popular rides from non-Magic Kingdom parks like Tower of Tower and Soarin if the demand calls for those attractions to be built. Better to do that instead of risking money building and planning a second park that will only have two or three attractions worth visiting (for examples see Disney's California Adventure and Disney Studios Paris). They need to stop immediatly assuming that a second park is going to immediatly happen after the first.
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