Hong Kong Disneyland sounds as if it will be great. Two articles from Friday's SCMP offer some reasons. First Bernard Chan's account of a visit to the park:
Hong Kong people who are worried that the new Disneyland represents only western culture can relax. After attending a rehearsal day last weekend, I can assure them they will feel very much at home when they visit the new theme park.
First of all, they can expect Causeway Bay-style crowds, as the first phase has capacity for just 29,000 visitors. During the parade down Main Street USA, you simply cannot move.
Also, it seems that visitors are being very "canny", to use the expression that the SCMP employed in their headline on another story, based on the experiences of Disney managers after a series of rehearsals:
- Hongkongers can't get enough of taking photographs. But they don't want to pay for them and will photograph the monitor image of the Space Mountain ride, for example
- Parents will also photograph their children standing next to a balloon seller but won't buy a balloon
- At the Mad Hatter Tea Cups, they will get out just before the ride starts to take photographs, causing the ride to stop automatically
- Groups occupy a table in a restaurant for the whole day as a base camp for their trip
I can hardly wait...