I guess I'm on the fence about this. On one hand, sure I agree with TDLFAN and people in general that builing yet ANOTHER park when every last one they built in the last 8 years, minus TDS, is in trouble now and all needs serious attention is ludicrous to me. Have they NOT learned their lesson with the last few parks?? Especially since the one that is failing now is the one that is already in China now?
That said, IF the rumrs are true and they are really building a world class theme park like DLP, TDS, etc, then yes it could be a different story. I personnally have no problem if they build a Disney theme park in every country as LONG as they are built with the same care, craftmanship and innovation that they USE to build these parks. I never bought the argument that Disney parks are too special that only a very small minority of people deserve to have and enjoy them. That feels a little elistist to me (although its funny no one else would ever put elitist and theme parks in the same sentence lol) and I been to all the resorts multiple times. If they can give quality parks to the masses anywhere in the world, then great!!! I dont know how that makes park like the original, Epcot, TDS, etc less special just because there are similar ones in Latin America somewhere.
But what the real problem and what the OP alluded too, that these parks (and especially HKDL IMO) are just cheap cookie-cutter parks and it dilutes the brand in general. They are building them like you build Ikea furniture basically and IF thats what Shanghai is getting here, then I would be bothered with this too.
But I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt until we find out more and yes if done right, then it could be a good thing, not just for China or Disney, but for us as well. What I mean by that is if SDL is an expansive, full day park from the outset again and this it turns out to be a hit, then maybe other parks from this point on will get the same treatment. They might finally realize the horrible half-day-make-it-worth-paying-full-price-for-10-years-later model is simply not the way to go since those are all failing and they will have one that is sucessful and thriving from the outset.
But, if this one flops too and big time, I suspect we wont see another Disny park built again for a very long time to come anyway.