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Any update on whether the new announced expansions gets approved or refused?

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  • #31
    http://hd.stheadline.com/news/daily/hk/555731/

    Widely circulated free newspaper Headline Daily is using the Tokyo Disneyland expansion news to push for the passing of the expansion bill in the LegCo Finance Committee. The newspaper quoted that the establishment lawmakers are already ready to pass the bill. The democrats still want exclusivity deals from WDC.
    Jul 1992: Disneyland Paris
    Apr 2006: Hong Kong Disneyland
    Jul 2010: Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure
    Mar 2011: Hong Kong Disneyland
    Jul 2013: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea
    Sep 2013: Hong Kong Disneyland
    Jul 2014: Disney California Adventure

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    • #32
      Originally posted by Asa View Post
      http://hd.stheadline.com/news/daily/hk/555731/

      Widely circulated free newspaper Headline Daily is using the Tokyo Disneyland expansion news to push for the passing of the expansion bill in the LegCo Finance Committee. The newspaper quoted that the establishment lawmakers are already ready to pass the bill. The democrats still want exclusivity deals from WDC.
      That is reassuring, this bill needs to be passed asap. Although WDC should throw in exclusivity rights as well. When is the bill likely to be addressed? This month?

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      • #33
        http://www.todayonline.com/lifestyle...oration-disney

        Star Wars, Disney-themed events to come to Singapore under Disney tie-up: Singapore Tourism Board. Starting with the Star Wars theme this year, Disney and STB will bring in Marvel-themed events next year and Disney Animation/Disney Pixar-themed events the year after.

        See how WDC is already working with other Asian countries to bring their characters there. HK needs to move forward with the expansion plans and cannot stay on its feet.
        Jul 1992: Disneyland Paris
        Apr 2006: Hong Kong Disneyland
        Jul 2010: Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure
        Mar 2011: Hong Kong Disneyland
        Jul 2013: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea
        Sep 2013: Hong Kong Disneyland
        Jul 2014: Disney California Adventure

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        • #34
          I don't think anyone is really blocking Disney's expansion plans besides Disney themselves this time.

          For anyone who understand Cantonese, there is a recent discussion on tv (below link) with the lawmakers mostly supporting it, in short the only point they can't agree with Disney now is the fixed management fee during loss making years.
          Link ==> http://news.now.com/home/local/player?newsId=216633

          If Disney comes out and agrees on the management fee part, it should pass easily since they also waived the fixed management fee for Paris Disney when they were loss-making then why not for Hong Kong?
          Last edited by hakjie11; 04-13-2017, 12:35 AM.

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Asa View Post
            http://www.todayonline.com/lifestyle...oration-disney

            Star Wars, Disney-themed events to come to Singapore under Disney tie-up: Singapore Tourism Board. Starting with the Star Wars theme this year, Disney and STB will bring in Marvel-themed events next year and Disney Animation/Disney Pixar-themed events the year after.

            See how WDC is already working with other Asian countries to bring their characters there. HK needs to move forward with the expansion plans and cannot stay on its feet.
            Btw I don't think the events would lead to a Singapore park even with Malaysia market considered. I would bet my money on South Korea for the next Disneyland in Asia.

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            • #36
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              The main body of the Hong Kong Macau Zhuhai mega bridge will be connected within this month. After that they will start the road work (surface, barriers, lighting etc). The HK, Macau and Zhuhai governments are confident the bridge will be able to open near the end of this year.

              The tourism industry is very hopeful that once the bridge opens, tourists living on the west coast of the Pearl River will flood across to Hong Kong. Disneyland, being on Lantau Island, looks likely to benefit from this influx of visitors.

              I am highly skeptical about the tourism benefits as the people living across the river generally do not make as much money as those working on this side. But I guess when the bridge opens there will be a lot of people trying to cross it for fun.
              Jul 1992: Disneyland Paris
              Apr 2006: Hong Kong Disneyland
              Jul 2010: Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure
              Mar 2011: Hong Kong Disneyland
              Jul 2013: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea
              Sep 2013: Hong Kong Disneyland
              Jul 2014: Disney California Adventure

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              • #37
                http://news.now.com/home/local/player?newsId=218313

                Now TV reports that CE Leung Chun-Ying had a talk with the establishment lawmakers, he told them he fought hard for the Disneyland expansion deal, so they have to vote yes when the bill comes up later this week.
                Jul 1992: Disneyland Paris
                Apr 2006: Hong Kong Disneyland
                Jul 2010: Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure
                Mar 2011: Hong Kong Disneyland
                Jul 2013: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea
                Sep 2013: Hong Kong Disneyland
                Jul 2014: Disney California Adventure

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                • #38
                  Thank you for the update.

                  I just read today that Michael Tien and Eddie Chu were openly against Disney expansion and will vote against it tomorrow.
                  If it gets voted down it will most likely be Carry Lam's government to take care of this, meaning a delay of at least 4 months again.

                  Let's hope it will pass or Disney comes up with a last moment slightly better proposal. (if that is still possible)

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                  • #39
                    after a 2 day marathon meeting, finally meeting to be continued on 28 April

                    too many opposing legco members repeating the same thing over and over again in order to use up all the meeting time to avoid the bill getting green light

                    since the CEO of HK Disney was also there to answer questions, hope he can communicate with his US bosses after witnessing such a large opposing feedback and get HK people a slightly better deal

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                    • #40
                      At the very least WDC should grant HKDL new expansion exclusivity for Asia for 10 years if not permanently. I really don't want to see Arendelle built both in HK and Tokyo, then Shanghai getting similar Marvel rides.
                      Jul 1992: Disneyland Paris
                      Apr 2006: Hong Kong Disneyland
                      Jul 2010: Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure
                      Mar 2011: Hong Kong Disneyland
                      Jul 2013: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea
                      Sep 2013: Hong Kong Disneyland
                      Jul 2014: Disney California Adventure

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                      • #41
                        http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/e...le-under-right

                        You can read a little about what the LegCo members said in the finance committee meeting last weekend.
                        Jul 1992: Disneyland Paris
                        Apr 2006: Hong Kong Disneyland
                        Jul 2010: Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure
                        Mar 2011: Hong Kong Disneyland
                        Jul 2013: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea
                        Sep 2013: Hong Kong Disneyland
                        Jul 2014: Disney California Adventure

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                        • #42
                          If Disney doesn't come up with a new proposal this week, it will be the same debate over and over again this Friday (actually for the past 5 months).

                          Legislator Michael Tien is a reasonable and respectable guy who understands the importance of having a Disney Park with new rides, if even he votes against this deal, you'll realize how unequal the deal is for Hong Kong.

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                          • #43
                            "In a desperate attempt to press for Finance Committee endorsement, commerce minister Greg So Kam-leung told lawmakers on Saturday that a risk test showed Hong Kong could lose up to HK$31.6 billion in economic benefits over 40 years if Disneyland’s visitor numbers shrank by 15 per cent."


                            Hong Kong lawmakers warned of HK$31.6 billion loss if they fail to endorse Disneyland revamp funding, by SCMP




                            http://m.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/eco...s-if-they-fail




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                            A $5.45b investment with no promising return vs $36.1b loss over 40years, I don't think Mr. So had found a solid ground to swing.





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                            • #44
                              Update : Frozen 2 will be released on 27 November 2019

                              Meaning that the proposed Frozen land expansion (scheduled to open in 2020) will be on time to cash in the hype and increase the attendance of the park.

                              This is very positive and WDC played it very well to release this info right before the debate this Friday, since some legislators were questioning the Frozen expansion's attractiveness since the original movie was released in 2013 and this will also give the funding approval an urgent deadline. They must have the new Frozen land ready when the sequel is released and they only have 2 years to build it now.

                              Throw in a further adjustment of the management fee or a 5 year Frozen ride exclusivity in Asia (to satisfy the legislators) and it should be good to go this Friday.
                              Last edited by hakjie11; 04-25-2017, 07:28 PM.

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                              • #45
                                A Marvel-themed land is planned for Disney Parks' Disney California Adventure in Anaheim

                                http://www.newsarama.com/33821-repor...emed-land.html

                                If this is true, then I rather not have the Marvel themed area. So much money for possible just a few years of exclusivity and btw the design and engineering of the new Marvel rides would be fully paid by HK people, so WDC can just copy and paste these ride concepts into its US parks for a fraction of the hong kong budget.
                                Last edited by hakjie11; 04-26-2017, 09:23 PM.

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