Disney Duster wrote:
But why the hell does Shanghai need this wtf? Where is Shanghai in relation to Hong Kong? And isn't Hong King Disneyland doing really crappy?! Will they learn?
Shanghai is a reasonably affluent city with a sizeable middle class (much like Hong Kong), and being that kind of distance from Hong Kong wouldn't be cannibalisation. I'd compare it to having parks in California and in Florida; they're at the opposite ends of one large country. If anything's bad about Hong Kong Disneyland, it's not that it's doing poorly but that it's ludicrously underdeveloped.
Most Disney fans grumble simply because it seems a bit of a quick cut-and-paste job from other parks; Main Street at HKDL is basically a carbon copy of the one in Anaheim, the castle is a copy of Anaheim's without even a tiny walk-through, and Pooh uses the same, tacky-looking tent façade from Florida. Equally, there is no Frontierland (that ultimately be a case of the Chinese not having much knowledge about Westerns, though), and a number of seemingly essential attractions still aren't there. Off the top of my head, the following are missing: Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Tours, Peter Pan's Flight (or any Fantasyland dark ride aside from Pooh), a 3D cinema for Tomorrowland, Haunted Mansion and Big Thunder Mountain, though the latter two are coming in altered forms. To make matters worse, an early press release promised a reasonably unique and lavish park, something that probably didn't help.
Though either way I wouldn't harbour any huge desire to go, I really hope that Shanghai Disneyland improves on the serious mistakes made in Hong Kong, if just for creativity's sake.