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    Why Shanghai?

    Why is DIsney already creating another resort? They just opened HKDL 5 years ago, and it still needs much expansion and work, as most Disney parks do these days. Why are they making another park in the same country? I understand how stupid that sounds, with DL and WDW both iin the US, but shoudn't they spend their money and time on HKDL? There has been 9-16 years wait before they create another resort.
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    Re: Why Shanghai?

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyKid1994 View Post
    Why is DIsney already creating another resort?
    They want to get in there first and establish their name before universal or another competitor does.... Plus China has a population of over a billion. And 10s of millions of people who are able to spend money and go to places like disneyland.

    It is really the prospects of it being a very lucrative resort.

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    Re: Why Shanghai?

    ^Agreed.

    As for the timing, well Shanghai won't open until at least '14 so it there will be 9 years between it an Hong Kong.


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    Re: Why Shanghai?

    Disney should spend some money on WDW as well...
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    Re: Why Shanghai?

    And also they are expanding HKDL to be able to compete with Shanghai I believe.

    But I agree, WDW needs much work! Something needs to change soon..
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    Re: Why Shanghai?

    I too agree, WDW and DLP need work, but maybe their spending the expansion money on Shanghai and hoping it will do so well they'll end up with more than they started with? I don't know....

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    Re: Why Shanghai?

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyDude12 View Post
    I too agree, WDW and DLP need work, but maybe their spending the expansion money on Shanghai and hoping it will do so well they'll end up with more than they started with? I don't know....
    As long as people from all over USA go to WDW every single year they have some time off then Disney does not need to improve the parks. Itīs like some WDW visitors donīt care. I would skip it and go see the real world for once insted, and stop by TDR. But thatīs just me...

    Letīs put it this way:
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    Re: Why Shanghai?

    The plot of land the resort is being built on is surrounded by one of the most prosperous cities in all of Asia, and an increasingly well-off middle class expanding around the Yangtze Delta. From Disney's point of view, they will soon be striking untapped oil.

    All very well, but China currently has over two hundred theme parks, and believe it or not, not everyone in the world cares about meeting a man (or woman) in a Mickey Mouse costume. Shanghai Disneyland really will need to be something special. I've heard that while the total area of the resort is smaller than Hong Kong's, the park itself will be more Magic Kingdom/Tokyo Disneyland size. Which it should be.

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    Re: Why Shanghai?

    The idea of opening a park in Shanghai had been in the works for nearly two decades now. For some reason Hong Kong got favored but only because the Hong Kong government jumped on the idea without really thinking ahead, though.

    They were just a little bit more careful about who gets what to say about what they get over there, so the negotiations took a little longer.

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    Re: Why Shanghai?

    ^I think the differences in the governance of Hong Kong over that of mainland China may have also helped in HK getting a park first.


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    Re: Why Shanghai?

    I visited Shanghai in the summer of 2006 as part of a youth leadership program. We had an American business man who lived in Shanghai come and give us a talk about the business relationship between our countries. After the presentation I asked him if he knew anything about Disney building anything soon in Shanghai. He said that at that time the Chinese Government was focusing on building Hong Kong as a more popular tourism destination.

    While on my trip we visited 4 different cities across China and Shanghai was the place I noticed the most random Disney items for sale in stores and even my tour guide on the bus had a different Disney shirt every day and a Mickey cellphone. Shanghai has a large population, and while a lot of that population is in poverty, there is still a large middle class to attend a Disney Park.

    Shanghai is also a city known for its international influences and has a far more cosmopolitan outlook than other cities such as Beijing.

    Disney already has a presence in the city with Disney English, which are English as a second language leaning centers for children. According to their website, there are already 9 locations scattered across the city.

    http://disneyenglish.com/EN/homepage.html
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    Re: Why Shanghai?

    Basically, present & future customers...

    Populations:
    LA Metro Area: 17 million
    Shanghai Metro Area: 18 million
    100 miles around Shanghai: 100 million

    Even consider that the Shanghai DL customer population is 50%, that's w-a-y more than the 17 million potential customers around LA. And as the Chinese economy improves, this is going to keep going up.

    BTW. at population of 32 Million, building even another park in Tokyo is ultimately a no-brainer on the long range timeframe.

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    Re: Why Shanghai?

    Well.. guess who is in Shanghai today.. ME!

    And just got back from the Bund area.. I have to admit... it's tough being an american in this town. All these people do is harrass you for shopping of illegal crap... and frankly I am over it and the chinese's pushy ways.
    I wish Disney would reconsider putting a park in this town.

    PLus, they need to get a life. EXPO is over and all they talk about in this town is expo expo expo.. It's done people, get over it!

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    Re: Why Shanghai?

    I agree. Truthfully I just have an overall bad feeling about the park. Unless it is truly a separated resort, I fear what I've heard about how people act in Shanghai. As well as the fact that they need to do so much more with the parks they have now before they think about opening a new one.

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    Re: Why Shanghai?

    I am Chinese from Shanghai,i don't hope they spend their money and time on SHDL too.They are goverment,not Shanghai People.For people ,they need better welfare and medicare.

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