The announcement of Shanghai Disney Resort’s opening on June 16 has spurred a fresh round of taunts and bickerings between Hong Kong and mainland netizens.
Remarks on mainland online forums focused on the negative impact the new theme park will have on Hong Kong’s own Disney resort, Apple Daily reported.
“Guess no one will now be interested in going to Hong Kong Disneyland,” one netizen commented.
“Let’s forget about the smallest Disneyland in the world,” said another.
The new resort, which began construction in 2011, covers an area three times the size of Hong Kong Disneyland.
Unwilling to be outdone, Hong Kong netizens welcomed the Shanghai resort opening, saying it would mean less mainland tourists visiting the territory.
“It’s great that Hongkongers can finally enjoy their long-awaited tranquility,” said one netizen.
“Please keep your promise and stay away from Hong Kong henceforth,” remarked another.
Disney’s first resort in the mainland features the company’s biggest fairy tale castle, six theme parks and two hotels.
It will have multi-day opening celebrations, and is expected to attract more than 10 million visitors by the end of the year.
While Shanghai Disney’s impact on Hong Kong remains to be seen, many industry insiders believe it will not have much effect on the local tourism sector, but admit that the number of visitors to Hong Kong Disneyland may fall 1-2 percent in the first few months after the Shanghai resort opens.
A spokesman for Hong Kong Disneyland said it has its own brand advantages, adding that Shanghai Disney will in fact complement the local resort.
While some mainland netizens predict doomsday for Hong Kong Disneyland is near, others have begun to worry about the traffic jams and other inconveniences to be brought by the flood of visitors to the Shanghai attraction.
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