ORDDU: My sisters and I recall another topic thread that was created by someone else about how rude people could be in France while visiting Disneyland Paris and how two other posters came along and rudely criticized those who were merely explaining what their experiences were like over there. We were even criticized for merely expressing that we had heard the same sort of reports from others!!! I don't know why it's so difficult for some to believe the experiences others are having with rude people around the world. It really is a fact.
I think this will do very well. I loved taking my picture by my zodiac symbol when I studied abroad, so I think the park area is a good replacement for Main Street. It is difficult to explain how valuable green space is to Chinese people. I also think having one castle is fine because many Chinese people haven't seen many Disney movies. It has to be impressive when there are huge real Imperial Palaces one can visit (and for probably less money).
What attractions do you think will be added? Let's hope it isn't all restaurants and shows. $800 million can buy a lot of mountains (ie roller coasters). A Star Wars or marvel land would be great but hard to have ready for the grand opening. How about Carsland? Would the Chinese allow that?
I've heard that Hong Kong Disneyland has an exclusivity agreement that Shanghai Disneyland will not copy their new attractions for at least 5 years.
Does Shanghai Disneyland look on schedule to open in 16 months--in December of 2015?
Aren't the Chinese at times amazing at quickly building skyscrapers?
The opening of this park will be interesting with new lands and attractions, and to see how Chinese people like it and how they queue up & pee. I predict that given Shanghai's coastal, big-city sophistication & the slight foreignness of the park, guests will behave well (by British, U.S., &, of course, Swedish standards) and Bob Iger is going to have a nice start to 2016. We'll see.
. . . I have almost been declared an idiot in this forum at times by those that think that they know everything because they have been a hundred times in the original Disneyland and nowhere else on earth . . .I am very much looking forward to be visiting the park shortly after it opens.
I'll do a trip report when I get back home to Sweden. Internet sites like Micechat, Google, Youtube and Shanghaidisneyresort.com are forbidden to acces in China.
TimmyTimmyTimmy, I stole your "and nowhere else on Earth" line in a comment I wrote about WDW this morning. I'll thank you when Micechat publishes a book, "The Best and Worst of Jcruise86."