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    HKDL gets new castle, frozen land and marvel land.

    I've been a supporter of this castle project (and still am), but this image... yikes... It's like Princess Barbie's(tm) Castle Playset from Hell... As someone noted earlier, it's this middle front section where they threw in loads of discordant, plastic onion turrets with no visual/arch. link...
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    Splash Mountain re-theme announced

    I'm guessing an absolute minimum will be changed. In this way corporate Disney's love for cost-saving will dovetail with a desire to pander to both sides ("To those who loved Splash, this is really the same ride but with a new soundtrack and some characters added").
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    HKDL gets new castle, frozen land and marvel land.

    It doen's have nearly the footprint of SDMT. It'll be short (one lift as opposed to SDMT's two). But my expectations are SDMT level of theme-ing, based on the art. I expect it to go in and around a mountain and feel like it's terrain-following (SDMT), not a naked coaster track (Barnstormer)...
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    HKDL gets new castle, frozen land and marvel land.

    With HKDL finally coming into its own, i.e., approaching a full-day park in terms of number attractions, it's interesting to look back on the leaked early Placeholder expansion plan. It is full of clones, likely to show the shortchanged HK investors how the park could have "all the Disney...
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    HKDL gets new castle, frozen land and marvel land.

    The pic from above would seem to indicate custom. These elements (eg, the camel-hump) don't look like the off-the-shelf Vekoma Jr.:
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    HKDL gets new castle, frozen land and marvel land.

    ^ I hope - and expect - they will replant those areas and it will address that issue and ensconce the main castle in trees.
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    Zootopia Coming To Shanghai

    It's all semantics, but I don't think Zootopia has or will be considered part of Fantasyland in any official way: marketing, guidemaps, etc. It'll be it's own thing - the equivalent of the westside's Toy Story Land. How they handle the jarring Zootopia-Fantasyland environmental transition &...
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    HKDL gets new castle, frozen land and marvel land.

    Is this coaster another Vekoma Junior, the off-the-shelf ride used over and over by Disney & Universal (at DL, TDL, MK, TDS and all the Universal parks, eg Barnstormer, Flight of Hippogriff, etc.) with a mountain built around it? Or is it a custom design, like SDMT, but smaller/shorter?
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    HKDL gets new castle, frozen land and marvel land.

    The difference is in Walt's day (and for decades after) theme park structures that were supposed to be old were built of the actual, traditional, authentic materials (e.g., wood, brick). In recent decades WDI has moved away from using natural materials and methods to using long-lasting...
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    Tokyo Disneyland Resort Expansion

    Here's the clearest art I've seen of the "flatride" (far right). Some kind of vehicles will go around a short, wavy track as the Plan shows:
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    If your favorite WDW attraction were removed...

    Of my all-time favorite 10 WDW attractions, I think more than half are gone or heavily diminished. It's a peculiar thing for me. Among the Old Classics, the ones I'd be fine with losing are the ones DisCo tends to keep around: Small World, Jungle Cruise, Tiki Room, Country Bears, Carousel of...
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    Actual Size of Shanghai's Theme Park?

    So while the Shanghai's overall on-show size is comparable to the MK's (which in turn is in the same league as the slightly larger TDL & DLP), this video (of a sped-up foot race through an empty SDL) gives an idea of how its open, spread-out design make if feel much larger and yet more empty:
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    Name one Disney attraction you miss so much it hurts

    The Living Seas. The Pavilion and its redress most painfully underscore & illustrate the way Disney THEN thought of their audience, their product and their purpose versus the way Disney NOW approaches the same.
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    Tokyo Disneyland Resort Expansion

    This was posted on Japanese twitter: This is leaked frozen village plan seen in the middle of the above:
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    Actual Size of Shanghai's Theme Park?

    Here's a ballpark apples-to-apples comparison of Shanghai and MK as far as the parks' comparative sizes that compose the Guest Experience today (i.e., no Zootopia pad for SDL, nor Tron for MK). MK has some "inner forests" that I've counted as part of the RR/Riverboat experience and SDL's...
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