Hong Kong Disneyland will keep local culture in mind

Posted Wednesday, October 13, 2004 9:47 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The Walt Disney Company is taking a series of steps to address local cultural sensitivities as it prepares to open Hong Kong Disneyland a little more than a year from now, the company's president said here Tuesday night. The new theme park will include local food and music and provide services not only in English but in two Chinese languages

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Wednesday, October 13, 2004 11:06 AM
The chinese really like to feel as comfortable as possible in any situation, and they cherish their cuisine, and never stray far from it for long.

lets just hope pluto isn't on the menu :)*** This post was edited by Sam A. Marks 10/13/2004 11:06:43 AM ***

Wednesday, October 13, 2004 12:12 PM
Jeff's avatar That's a pretty stupid, borderline racist, stereotype.
Wednesday, October 13, 2004 12:33 PM
The Mole's avatar I agree Jeff.

Anyway, remeber the last time Disney did this for a park? It was DLP. The eventually had to close many sit-down resturaunts and open more fast food.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004 2:40 PM
janfrederick's avatar I think patrons will go there for a taste of America...to get away from the "real" world. I'll bet their hamburger stand will take in a LOT more money than their Dim Sum restaurant.

By the way, my friends from France are absolutely addicted to McDonalds.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004 3:20 PM
Racist? give me a break! Dog (and Cat) is a delicacy all over asia, it's most prominant in Korea, and Indonesia, however, as you can see by using this link, Dogs are eaten in China. WARNING! The images on the site are quite graphic, and disturbing.


I think your accusations of racism are rediculous, and insulting. You need to stop giving snap judgements and check your facts before charging someone with something as strong as racism.

Apologies will now be accepted


Wednesday, October 13, 2004 4:30 PM
Jeff's avatar You'll be waiting a long time. In the US, that's an insult. Go say it in a Chinese restaurant and see what happens.
Wednesday, October 13, 2004 6:27 PM
True, but the context of the comment was made in a reference of China. I really don't think he meant anything by it. It was merely a joke based on a fact about Chinese cuisine. At the most it was a poke at Disney. Everbody chill.

*** This post was edited by Danimales 10/13/2004 6:36:22 PM ***

Wednesday, October 13, 2004 7:29 PM
Yes it was a jab at disney, and also at the mis-conception that MANY non-asians have with what asians "really" eat.

Any person with a bit of brains knows that the chinese restaurants in most countries don't serve these types of delicacies, and only a limited number of those in china eat Dog and Cat.

In china , and other asian countries, eating Dogs, and Cats is not a stereotype, nor an unreal thing, its accepted. A vietnamese friend of mine (when he lived in Nam) had a rooster for a watchdog, go figure!

Jeff will always be Jeff, too bad......... at one time I thought highly of him

Wednesday, October 13, 2004 7:56 PM
Jeff's avatar And you keep coming back, Sam. Thanks for helping me pay the bills. Like I said, go in a Chinese restaurant anywhere in the US and say something like that out loud. I dare you. See how long you last.
Wednesday, October 13, 2004 9:05 PM
Any Chinese person who has lived in China would most likely admit they have eaten, or known about the eating of Dog, and Cat. It's taboo here, however over there it is simply a reality. The further you travel into the thrid world the more despirate the population is for food to eat. we're not talking about the USA we're talking about asia, get your facts straight before you start calling names!*** This post was edited by Sam A. Marks 10/14/2004 8:21:53 AM ***
Thursday, October 14, 2004 2:23 PM
I thought it was funny!
Thursday, October 14, 2004 5:04 PM
Unfortunately, that's what you get for trying to make a joke in front of the "high and mighty, holier than thou" powers that be on this site. Never forget that the webmaster is always right and flawless in every regard and you'll have a good time around here, Sam ;)

Is this really such a big deal? It was a joke based upon a reality and he made that very clear.

*** This post was edited by Rob Ascough 10/14/2004 5:19:48 PM ***

Thursday, October 14, 2004 5:29 PM
Back on topic, they made some of the same declarations about Tokyo Disneyland. For example, the 'consultants' told the imagineers that Japanese never eat standing up or wandering around, and would soundly reject the ODV (Outdoor Vending) carts that Disney plops all over their parks. The few ODV carts they put in were SWAMPED when the park opened... jf is right, people go to Disney parks for a taste of America and to do what Americans do. One of the longest lines I saw there was for Kettle Corn... at least an hour long.
Thursday, October 14, 2004 11:38 PM
Jeff's avatar Boo hoo! Poor Rob and Sam get picked on, the former of which hates it so much that he has made nearly 3,000 posts on this site. Boo hoo! Jeff picks on everybody! Boo hoo!

Normal people avoid things they don't like. What's your problem?

Friday, October 15, 2004 12:34 AM
That's the best you could do, Jeff? Honestly, I was expecting more. You must be tired or something.

3,000 posts... wow, that's a lot. What makes you think that anything more than a few of those posts have anything whatsoever to do with you? In case you couldn't tell, there are a few hundred very active people on this site, and I stop by to chat with them... not with you. I never said anything about hating it around here. The conversation is good, the people are good, and the occasional debate is good... it makes my day more interesting.

Did you honestly think that I frequent this site because you're here? I hate to burst your bubble, but...

As for "Jeff picking on everybody"... those are your words, not mine, leading me to believe that IS what you feel that you do. Whatever. It's your site. If it makes you feel like a bigger man or satisfies some kind of desire that stems from an inferiority complex, that's fine. You do what you gotta do.

Just like you, Jeff, I voice my opinion. If someone says something that I don't agree with, I tell my side of it. If someone says something stupid, I call them on it. Piss and moan all you want, but in the end, this is nothing more than a case of someone following a precedent that you set.

Have a good night. I'll try not to sob too much into my pillow :) Now, how many posts is this?

*** This post was edited by Rob Ascough 10/15/2004 12:41:05 AM ***

Friday, October 15, 2004 12:53 AM
Jeff's avatar Yes, it always comes down to the size of my genitals, and never has anything to do with you mastering your own destiny and leaving something you loath so much.

You've got it all wrong. I love that keep you posting and visiting the site. Every time you go off on some rant about what a bastard I am, or some other nonsense that describes how you've got me pegged, I get paid. Then I get paid again when someone else reads it. Keep sending those page views. You may single-handedly finance my wife's graduate school! Keep the tears coming...

Nothing you have to say will ever hurt my feelings, or make me like my life less. It's really fun to be me, even with all of the insecurity, fear, hope and love that I have. Some coaster nerd in New Jersey isn't going to change that.

Friday, October 15, 2004 1:09 AM
Who mentioned the size of your genitals? How did that enter the conversion? I thought I had an idea of how this was going to continue but now you've officially lost me.

Why on Earth would you think that my comments were meant to hurt you or "make you love your life less"? Your giving me too much credit- my intention wasn't to throw you into some sort of depression. If the words of someone you don't even know were able to bring down your self-esteem like that, I really do feel sorry for you. And speaking of "pegging" someone... isn't that what you've done by classifying me as "a coaster nerd from New Jersey"? At what point do you stop acting childish and start acting hypocritical? It seems like there is a fine line and I'm kinda curious to know.

It makes me feel all warm inside that you like having me post on your site... I was beginning to feel unloved, sitting at the edge of my own depression. If my presence increases your hit count and helps you pay for your wife's graduate school tuition, a downpayment on a new car or a condo in Hawaii, then I can go to bed tonight feeling like I have done something wonderful for someone. Does hitting "refresh" over and over again accomplish the same thing, or do I actually have to hit back on my browser and click on the link again?

Although that "you being a bastard" thing perplexes me. Another comment YOU made, which makes me wonder...

*** This post was edited by Rob Ascough 10/15/2004 1:50:04 AM ***

Friday, October 15, 2004 8:33 AM
Jeff told me once before that the only reason he operates CoasterBuzz is for his own entertainment, so, rob and I are his most recent "ants in the sun under his magnifying glass"

He also told me that when this stopped being fun, he would dump the whole thing down the toilet.

It's kind of comical that he trolls his own website in a feeble attempt to upset people he doesn't like, with literally no regard for how others perceive him.

Everyone should note the fact that he covets your site clicks only, and has no intentions to better the enthusiast community. CoasterBuzz is simply money in his pocket, and nothing else.

It's nice that at least his message boards are populated with generally nice people, unlike him.

Friday, October 15, 2004 8:55 AM
Jeff's avatar Yep, I'm a capitalist pig that only does things he likes. How weird is that? Isn't the thought of me making a living at what I like to do repulsive?

Don't flatter yourself, Sam. I don't know you well enough to dislike you or anyone else. You and others that don't like what I do or how I do it aren't even on the radar in terms of important things in life.

I'm going to close this now because I don't think 99.9% of people care about your distaste for me. So you can run along to RRC or some other forum and cry about it there or call me a Nazi or whatever people do these days.


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