Originally Posted By dagobert >>>That’s the big question at the moment. It sure looks like it was simply to bribe government officials, but it’s hard to say. Disney hasn’t really done much to dispel that rumor (other than getting some unflattering articles removed from websites, which only reinforces the idea)<<< I have a bad feeling about this. Doing business with China in China might be tricky. >>>In addition, Disney likes to promote that there are 300 million people living within a 3.5-hour trip of SDL. However, with the ticket prices they’ve announced (fairly cheap by Disney’s standards), I wonder how many of those people can actually afford a trip to the park. Although China’s middle class is growing, the overwhelming majority of the country is still very poor. International visitors are unlikely to visit the park (though the government did just change the visa rules, so many international travelers can visit the Shanghai area for 6 days without a travel visa), so I really wonder where the guests will come from, and just how many there will be<<< I guess we have to wait and see, but I'm confident that it will not be such a desaster like Euro Disney. If they did their homework, unlike with DLP, the park might be a success. Hopefully they didn't make the same mistake like they did in the 80ies with Paris, where they used US metrics to calculate attendance.