Different Disneylands around the world
Unfortunately, the French stereotype of a smoking, wine drinker is upheld in Disneyland Paris. Many visitors complain that although the theme park is supposed to be outfitted with dedicated smoking areas, most smokers seem to puff away in all the open areas, including in queues for rides. It is also the only Disneyland in the world where you can enjoy an alcoholic drink with your meal; a French meal without a glass of wine would make for the unhappiest place in the world.
At the 2011 opening ceremony for the sixth Disneyland, set to open at the end of 2015, Disney said the Shanghai-based park will include “characteristics tailored to the Shanghai region and other amenities consistent with Disney's destination resorts worldwide”.
The ceremony followed this lead, featuring traditional Chinese drum music and Mickey Mouse dressed in a traditional, red Tang Chinese suit -- a collarless silk jacket with matching trousers, resplendent with gold accents on the embroidered jacket, toggle buttoning and trouser cuffs.
When Disneyland Paris opened, it was criticised by French intellectuals for not incorporating more local culture. Even in 2002, 10 years after its first day in operation, Parisian theatre director Ariane Mnouchkine called the theme park in Paris a “cultural Chernobyl”, which still holds true if you aren’t a fan of American culture, as few further nods to French culture have been added to Disneyland Paris. This criticism led Disney to take extra care when adding culturally specific elements to their parks in both Hong Kong and Tokyo. If the opening ceremony in grand Chinese style is anything to go by, Shanghai Disneyland may become the most customised Disneyland yet, to make the most populous nation in the world the happiest place in the world.
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