Posted Friday, October 18, 2002 5:07 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Walt Disney Co., the second-biggest U.S. media company, said it will begin construction in January on its $2.9 billion Hong Kong Disneyland theme park. The park, scheduled to open as early as 2005, will create about 18,000 jobs, Walt Disney Co. said. The park, scheduled to open as early as 2005, will create about 18,000 new jobs and draw as many as 5.6 million visitors in its first year, Disney said. It may also have to contend with a similar park Chinese media say Disney is discussing with the government of Shanghai, just three hours flight from Hong Kong.
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My edit was million to billion. A 2.9 million dollar Disney park will look like California Adventure. Joke. *** This post was edited by wahoo skipper on 10/18/2002. ***
I've not actually been to Hong Kong, but looking at photos, is there any place left to build something like that? It seems like wall-to-wall development as far as the eye can see.
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Am I the only one that just doesn't get this? Why is Disney building more parks around the world. More than half of the guests that visit WDW are from outside the country. If they continue building parks (like they did with the Disney Store), you are going to saturate the drawing crowd. I mean, why fly to Flordia when you go to the one down the street. They complain about not getting people in the gates at WDW, yet they open two parks outside the country. I just don't get this at all. How is this a smart business move? Disney used to be something special that you had to go to in Florida (yes Disneyland was around as well, but IMHO it's not the same thing). Whatever though, they just better do the park right and not cheap like DCA.
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They are indeed building on reclaimed land as it would not be possible to build it on the existing land. FYI, Hong Kong is practically build all on reclaimed land, so this is nothing new. Unlike the airport, the land is attached to the island.
Hong Kong is the most densely populated place on earth and I believe (I may be wrong) that China is the most populous country in the world. Now I have been to WDW and DL many times, and I am aware of the # of foriegners at those parks, but if you really look at the people that make up these crowds, you will see that most are Japanese, European, or South American. You will see VERY little in the way of people from China and that part of the world. It may have to do with economic reasons, but southern Asia is a hell of a long way from eitherWDW or DL, so this is a great option for the millions of peeps there.
I do agree with another comment made though, that they should really concentrate on what they have, what with the stagnant attendance and all. Remember though, this deal was made LONG before the economy went south and obviously before 9/11, so at the time it was a good business decision.
Swoosh, Disney Califronia cost quite a pretty peeny and they are sloqly expanding it. We're lucky it didn't open with on;y two rides like MGM Studios. Why do so many expect a complete park by the end of the first season? Between now and the end of 2005, Disney California Adventure will have gotten 6 new rides, seven if Aladdin is actually going in still, so calm down already.
I'm just glad that they're getting the Matterhorn version of Thunder Mountain at Disney Paris instead of the tame one from WDW. And that Lion King themed adventure coaster is gonna' go perfecet. If you look at the pictures, the trains have the characters sculpted on top of the trains and they're supposed to talk or move, not sure which one. It's gonna' be funny hearing Zazu speak in Mandrin ;) We got to get some recording Nasai. Peabody will probably get there before us, so why not ask him to bring back a soundtrack :)
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Vertigo - when I said "cheap" I did not mean in "cost", I meant in "quality".
It's gonna' be funny hearing Zazu speak in Mandrin
Actually, they speak Cantonese in HK.
"Hey, man! Is that Freedom Rock?! TURN IT UP!!!"
Cool...they should name it "Pleasure Island"....they could have "Tobacco Row" and everything....even the turning kids into Donkeys part. ;)
Sounds cool though. How could you not love any park near water.
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