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  • [Question] Exotic or Local Adventures?

    A lot of people have been talking about 2nd park and this even applies to Shanghai. For the local audience, what do they prefer, local adventures or exotic ones?

    Tokyo DisneySea caters to those who want exotic locations as nothing in that park is in the same continent.

    Then there is Disney California Adventure which is the opposite extreme where every adventure is within a 10 hour drive.

    What do the locals want?
    Last edited by Ice101; 06-28-2011, 12:07 AM.

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    Re: Exotic or Local Adventures?

    The wild success of California Adventure suggests that locals would rather local adventures, obviously...

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    • #3
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      You mean 2nd gate? I think the balance of thrill rides and family rides is important. Right now HKDL has too few thrill rides and too many family rides.

      As for theme, it depends on many things. DisneySea divides the park into different harbours. DCA divides the park into different areas of California. I think DisneySea's idea is more global and suits the Hong Kong visitors much better.

      I believe HK public wants unique rides that are not available in any other Disneyland parks, especially the upcoming Shanghai DL. We are happy with Mystic Point and Grizzly Gulch because these will be unique to HKDL for sometime.

      Build us a thrilling roller coaster with Iron Man as its theme and you have a winner. Although I doubt very much Disney will make Iron Man exclusive to HKDL as it is such a valuable property.
      Jul 1992: Disneyland Paris
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      Jul 2010: Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure
      Mar 2011: Hong Kong Disneyland
      Jul 2013: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea
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      Jul 2014: Disney California Adventure

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        Re: Exotic or Local Adventures?

        Originally posted by MactheMan View Post
        The wild success of California Adventure suggests that locals would rather local adventures, obviously...
        The theme is one of many things wrong with the park.

        But several people are suggesting that Shanghai will be given a more "Chinese" touch with Chinese themed lands etc. My question is, would locals rather have these "Chinese" additions, or would they prefer the far more exotic
        (to them) additions that are already present in other Disney parks?

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          Re: Exotic or Local Adventures?

          Keep in mind the locals aren't like the mainlanders therefore much more westernized. Exotic locations would be much more popular amongst the locals in my opinion.

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            Re: Exotic or Local Adventures?

            Exotic definitely.

            It's part of the appeal of going somewhere else, HKDL does it well enough, just not enough of it. It will also provide a great deal of flexibility as far as theme is concerned. California Adventure "works" because the various forms of Americana easily incorporate the different kinds of amusement parks.

            Chinese theme can get you to some degree, but can't we leave that to the actual local parks like OP and 360 Ngong Ping? If I really wanted Chinese culture, and this will sound a little ignorant, I'll just go to the mainland.

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              Re: Exotic or Local Adventures?

              Originally posted by MactheMan View Post
              The wild success of California Adventure suggests that locals would rather local adventures, obviously...
              EXOTIC! ...a few local touckes are always welcome.
              Last edited by TimmyTimmyTimmy; 06-28-2011, 05:27 AM.
              The world according me: http://www.youtube.com/user/TimmyME

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                Re: Exotic or Local Adventures?

                Originally posted by MactheMan View Post
                The wild success of California Adventure suggests that locals would rather local adventures, obviously...
                Yeah, Americans.

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                A mulan ride/themed area would be great. But making the whole park Chinese/Hong Kong-themed is just going too far. Look, NP Village here is a complete trash. People go there because of the cable car and buddha, not that fake village housing stupid attractions. Like what SirEdge said, I'd rather go to the mainland if I want authentic Chinese. Cheaper+better food.
                Last edited by iluvHKDL; 06-28-2011, 03:57 AM.

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                  Re: Exotic or Local Adventures?

                  I thought the questions' answer was pretty obvious to begin with, so I thought I sarcastic reply wouldn't have been misunderstood.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Exotic or Local Adventures?

                    Originally posted by TimmyTimmyTimmy View Post
                    EXOTIC! ...a few local touckes are always welcome.
                    Is this Sarcasm or did you miss his?

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                      Re: Exotic or Local Adventures?

                      Originally posted by MactheMan View Post
                      The wild success of California Adventure suggests that locals would rather local adventures, obviously...
                      I would haveta disagree. The only reason that DCA is more of a local adventure is because the corporate suits thought it was a clever scheme to steal more tourists away from the real California that was right outside the park, but even then they went about it all wrong. The locale concept was forced onto the guests. They only accepted it because of the success of California Screamin' and Soarin'. If not for those two rides, the park would've been must worse when it first opened.

                      On the other hand, "Exotic" doesn't always cater to all tastes, and the one place that comes to mind is Disneyland Paris, a park that many French protest the building of and had to add alcohol into its park in order to cater to the locals. Also, and I can only guess at this, I think the reason the hotels are doing so bad is because the idea of giving 6 out of your 7 hotels an American theme doesn't sit too well with many European guests. Also, they built their second gate after a mainly all-American theme of a Hollywood studio backlot. Yeah...

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                      • #12
                        Re: Exotic or Local Adventures?

                        Guys: MatcheMan was joking/using sarcasm/not being serious.

                        However, I do appreciate your response. And toonaspie, the reason the hotels are doing bad is because there was 7 hotels, for one theme park. Obviously it will fail no matter what the theme.

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                        • #13
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                          Exotic to the local audience.

                          But instead of DisneySEA, DisneySKY (Sorry, don't have any idea what SKY would stand for).

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                          • #14
                            Re: Exotic or Local Adventures?

                            Originally posted by HKDLFAN View Post
                            Keep in mind the locals aren't like the mainlanders therefore much more westernized. Exotic locations would be much more popular amongst the locals in my opinion.
                            mainlanders likes exotic locations too, just let you know that pirates of the carribean might be heading to shanghai, if you look carefully at the shanghai concept art you will see a large pirate area and a galleon. also there is a maya temple. the castle would be disney's biggest

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                            • #15
                              Re: Exotic or Local Adventures?

                              @shanghairules, Yup, we're aware of those possibilities and i'm excited for shanghai disneyland as well. i guess it's more of a response to Disney's decision to make SDL a more "localized" park.

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