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  • [Question] Will Smog Make Shanghai Disneyland Fail?

    I hope the Imagineers have a fix for this -- Shanghai essentially shut down for a few days due to crippling smog.

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    The air pollution in Shanghai is progressively getting worse. By the time that Shanghai Disneyland opens, will it be a relatively rare occurrence, or will it bring down Disney?
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    Re: Will Smog Make Shanghai Disneyland Fail?

    It's getting worse and worse as China does nothing to help the situation. They are causing a good long term effect, infertility. So in the future that should keep lines down.

    I imagine some days will be quiet due to the pollution.

    Also I wonder how much more they will spend on anti corrosion paints and cleaning.
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      Re: Will Smog Make Shanghai Disneyland Fail?

      Maybe an EPCOT city style dome would have been a good idea

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        Re: Will Smog Make Shanghai Disneyland Fail?

        According to this L.A. Times article today, the park will be within three hours of 330 million people:

        Shanghai Disney Resort could be bigger than Disneyland - latimes.com

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          Re: Will Smog Make Shanghai Disneyland Fail?

          I'm not excited enough about a smoggy park with only four original rides (and the snubbing of DL standard rides) to include it on my tourist agenda. Yo ho! Yo ho! A Hong Kong Disneyland life for me!
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            Re: Will Smog Make Shanghai Disneyland Fail?

            Originally posted by Ride Warrior View Post
            I'm not excited enough about a smoggy park with only four original rides (and the snubbing of DL standard rides) to include it on my tourist agenda. Yo ho! Yo ho! A Hong Kong Disneyland life for me!
            Ah... I'm pretty sure HKDL has two original rides.

            Unless you count their versions of Jungle Cruise (maybe), Small World (sorta) and Autopia (Not really) as unique.





            No this will absolutely not effect SDL. Weather happens, smog happens. Unless it happens 24/7 (which it doesn't in Shanghai) it really won't make a blip. Tokyo shut down for a month following their earthquake and still pulled awesome yearly numbers. Paris gets snowed on and their Disneyland (albeit not WDS for very different reasons) pulls very strong numbers.

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            • #7
              Re: Will Smog Make Shanghai Disneyland Fail?

              When smog is part of the daily lives of residents I guess they won't be put off going to the park when there is moderate smog.

              I wonder, HKDL has that 'Rainy Day Parade' thing, will SDL have a 'Smoggy Day' one?
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                Re: Will Smog Make Shanghai Disneyland Fail?

                Originally posted by Hathaway Browne View Post
                When smog is part of the daily lives of residents I guess they won't be put off going to the park when there is moderate smog.

                But it's part of something to fear. The Chinese wearing masks when outside is a sign of their concern. The may elect to stay inside on some days.
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                  Re: Will Smog Make Shanghai Disneyland Fail?

                  Having just spent another month and half in China, I'd like to weigh in on this whole smog issue.

                  In a nutshell: Yes, it's a problem. No, it will not cause SDL to fail.

                  I stay in Beijing, which is hands-down far more polluted than Shanghai, and yes, the smog can be terrible. On some days, you could barel see the Forbidden City from across the street from Tiananmen Square.

                  However, when it is not smoggy, it is ridiculously clear with bright blue skies without a cloud in the sky.

                  Shanghai wasn't as smoggy, but it certainly was more rainy than Beijing. I don't doubt the news that it has become pretty bad lately, but since the park will be far from the Huanpu River/Bund area, I doubt that the smog will be as bad as there or as big of a deal as is being suggested.

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                    Re: Will Smog Make Shanghai Disneyland Fail?

                    Dang, I didn't really think about this. Walking around all day long for multiple days at a time would not be fun in that...
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                      Re: Will Smog Make Shanghai Disneyland Fail?

                      I studied abroad in the city next door, Nanjing. While it was difficult to see the sun some days, it was not as bad as I thought it would be. One of my teachers said that it was probably healthier to study in Nanjing versus Beijing because there is less pollution. I do not know if two hours makes a difference, but I think Shanghai has a similar climate even if the pollution level is a bit higher.
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                        Re: Will Smog Make Shanghai Disneyland Fail?

                        Originally posted by Mind Tricks View Post
                        Dang, I didn't really think about this. Walking around all day long for multiple days at a time would not be fun in that...
                        I hadn't thought about it either... Hopefully the effect will not be too large!
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                          Re: Will Smog Make Shanghai Disneyland Fail?

                          Its too bad DisCorp didn't move forward with Texas Disney. Would have avoided the Smog dilemma all together. Great article at Yesterland. I could imagine it having the largest Frontier land of all Magic Kingdoms. Unfortunately that will never happen....

                          Yesterland.com: Texas Disney Theme Park?

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