Disneyland - Johor's Loss Is Shanghai's Gain.
The Walt Disney Company had held successful talks with Shanghai local authorities and final approval was now in the hands of the State Council, said Disney's board chairman George Mitchell. "Our discussions have been with Shanghai officials, and now they are engaging with the national officials. We have an interest in proceeding and we hope that satisfactory terms can be worked out and we can proceed," Mitchell told the China Daily newspaper.
He refuted that a theme park in Shanghai would be detrimental to Hong Kong's Disneyland opened only last September. "There are a very large number of people in the Shanghai area and we don't think that this will have any more of a negative effect on Hong Kong than, say having a park both in California and Orlando, Florida.
"We are looking forward to a long and what we hope will be a productive relationship in Hong Kong and Shanghai," he said. Mitchell declined to set any timeframe for the project. "We try to proceed as quickly as possible after the execution of the contract, but until we execute a contract we don't get into when we are going to start," he said.
According to the China Daily, a site in Pudong's Chuansha has already been earmarked for the Shanghai park. Shanghai has a population of 18 million.
**** As usual by the time we in Malaysia pander to all kinds of ridiculous nationalistic, religious, ethnic and other fringe voices before taking decisions, events will surpass us as in the case of Disneyland. Johor would have been ideal but the Chinese, pragmatic as always, beat us to it. Perhaps there are lessons to be learnt from this.