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HKDL gets new castle, frozen land and marvel land?????

Animaniac93-98

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This is apples to oranges as the Disney graphic doesnt give exact arch. elevations, but the pic @D231016 posted allows a little bit of a side by side. I tried to align the tops of the tallest towers on the two SB castle bases.

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The before & after photos come 2020 are going to be pretty cool...
Is Tokyo really shorter than Orlando? I thought it was an exact copy?
 

RandySavage

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Is Tokyo really shorter than Orlando? I thought it was an exact copy?
Same. Internet gives conflicting info, some sites saying replica, some giving a shorter height for Tokyo. Elevations from the 2010 WDI book make them appear to be the same size.
 

Animaniac93-98

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Same. Internet gives conflicting info, some sites saying replica, some giving a shorter height for Tokyo. Elevations from the 2010 WDI book make them appear to be the same size.
It's impossible to tell just by pictures online, looking at their profiles they seem the same. Maybe Tokyo has a shorter base, due to the shallower moat? It doesn't make sense to just build it 20ft shorter.

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lazyboy97o

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This whole ordeal has actually made me wonder if Tokyo or WDW will be getting castle alterations in the future just so that every Castle is unique. I kind of feel like that would be pointless considering they are so far away from each other but it's definitely something I could see them doing. I agree that all future castles should be unique.
The change isn’t driven by uniqueness. It’s a size competition between the Chinese parks.
 

Robert.W

Member
I would doubt it, both Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland are tremendously successful theme parks, and today’s Disney wouldn’t make expensive changes for no reason, since both castles look fine as they are. If Hong Kong Disneyland had been as successful, I slightly doubt we’d be seeing them redesign their castle – although you could still make the argument that the park deserved more than the tiny castle it was originally given. :)

If the thing about the colours is true, then I think we are in for a real treat. I genuinely really like the design of the castle, and as other have said, it was only really the colours that looked bad. I’ve warmed to the design so much recently that I can see this being one of my favourite Disney park castles in all honesty. Perhaps still not as good as Disneyland Paris’ one though :p
 

nevol

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Same. SDL may have the biggest castle, but it's also the least attractive.
It looks like a castle was taken and then each element was stretched farther away from its neighbors, that negative space filled only with a brick wall. The new HK one is the opposite; it is slender like Disneyland Paris' but with twice as many elements.
 

nevol

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I know, but with the HK castle changing, every castle around the world will now be unique except for WDW and Tokyo. Personally I like Cinderella Castle just as it is, but I can see them changing one of them in the future so that all the castles are unique, even if it is just a simple paint job. I am not necessarily in favor of this, it's just something that came to mind. Plus the prescient has now been set removing any belief that the castles are immune to changes.
That castle is beloved there. Hong Kong Disneyland was a small park and its small castle was a perfect symbol of that once Shanghai opened.
 

Robbiem

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I think they're counting the fact that MK's castle is built "on the second floor", so they added the height of the utilidors
Interesting does anyone know if there are utilitors in Tokyo or the other international parks. I know there are some in Epcot as well as magic Kingdom and a small one in Disneyland
 

disnyfan89

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I know, but with the HK castle changing, every castle around the world will now be unique except for WDW and Tokyo. Personally I like Cinderella Castle just as it is, but I can see them changing one of them in the future so that all the castles are unique, even if it is just a simple paint job. I am not necessarily in favor of this, it's just something that came to mind. Plus the prescient has now been set removing any belief that the castles are immune to changes.
Tokyo and MK castle have two different paint schemes. Orlando reflects a brighter fairy tale castle while Tokyo has darkened and aged their castle to make it look older and real.
 
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