Theme parks popping up around China ahead of Disney

Posted Thursday, July 5, 2012 9:47 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Victory Kingdom, as the park will be known, is one of several U.S.-style amusement parks popping up across China ahead of a park to be built in Shanghai by The Walt Disney Co. As Disney prepares a site for its first mainland China park — scheduled to open at the end of 2015 — investors here have been moving quickly to erect China-centric theme parks amid fears from local parks that Chinese culture cannot compete with Mickey Mouse.

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Monday, July 16, 2012 12:43 PM

Reminds me of the "fake" Disneyland parks that started appearing in the 90s, some of which were abandoned. The partially built Wonderland (complete with a Cinderella Castle) is still standing in Chenzhuang.

I read somewhere that the Disney-sponsored ESL schools in China introduce kids to Mickey Mouse as part of the curriculum. Maybe by the time the Shanghai park opens, Disney will be somewhat embedded into the culture.

Last edited by Mobius, Monday, July 16, 2012 3:40 PM
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012 10:05 AM

Oh, those Chinese.

It seems, according to msn news, a theme park and resort somewhere in China (Merryland, never heard of it) is offering discounts to young ladies who show up in mini skirts. What a novel approach! Apparently (amid protests, of course) the idea is to boost attendance not only among the ladies, but also the young fellows who will naturally follow.

http://specials.msn.com/a-list/news/theme-park-discounts-women-mini...ular-pages

In other news: Shanghai Disney costume designers, not to be outdone, are scrambling to update as well. Will Minnie be rockin' the mini? Will we see Daisy in her dukes? Signs point to yes...

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012 5:05 PM

I hope they don't put Goofy in assless chaps.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012 5:25 PM

Donald's already not wearing pants, so...there's that.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012 10:19 AM

Yet he always wears a towel when coming out of any type of situation involving water and gets embarrassed when it gets taken...figure that one out. ;)

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012 4:14 PM

Easy. Shrinkage.

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