Ha - no blogger lifestyle for me! I do get around but mostly have a knack for being weak and tacking on stopovers. Shanghai was part of an Indonesia trip (and random ~350 USD airfare I picked up to China). The traveling is lighter than I’d like but will eventually pick back up when I’m done in 2020. I try to not visit the parks unless there has been a significant capital investment. But I was weak and really had nothing for 2018.And people say I get around. Are you looking to become a Disney Blogger?
I didn't pay huge amounts of attention to what was selling or not selling when at SDL. I did see many shopping bags. But to see vast amounts of SDL merchandise, including opening day plush and pins and stamp sets, sit for months at 50-80% off at outlet stores in FL tells you that someone (why is everyone looking at Chappie?) misjudged the audience there. No other rational explanation. I think I spent close to $200 on merchandise that would have cost close to a grand in Shanghai. And, even now, even after the bloggers and tweeters and eBay sellers have carted off box loads at all of the stores statewide, they still have stores with over half the merchandise coming from SDL.
Beijing is further behind at this stage than Shanghai was. Woodbury and Company have axed plussed attractions and unique ones for copies and let's not even discuss the utter stupidity of not weatherizing this park correctly. But this is the same guy who was recently given added funds by his Comcast overlords for Orlando and told his team that they were going to sit back a bit and wait to see how all of the Disney development affected the overall tourism sector. Really.
Of course not helping my case is I may or may not be in Efteling today.... I swear I am spending 3 calendar days in theme parks this year. By the way I’m in love with Efteling.
Beijing makes me sad. Universal in general makes me sad outside of this Potter coaster. I have the first enthusiasm in years for a Uni project again. I just wish an entire new resort had more than two things worth some excitement for (?1 thing?). Look forward to your eventual menu spill.