So in class today we were discussing the differences among the Disney parks represented in other countries, so I figured I’d just list it all out for everyone to refer to if you’re curious. This is just a big jumble of all the random things I know from reading about Disney and [obsessively] checking the Disney Parks Blog all the time. I guess you can call that a semi-accurate source, maybe?
-One of the only parks not owned by the Walt Disney Company (they just license the theme I’m assuming)
“Main Street USA” Changed to “World Bazaar” – From what I’ve heard, it’s extremely similar to Main St. USA in terms of the little shops and small-town feel but (as someone mentioned in class) it has a perpendicular walkway as well.
Lands: Adventureland, Westernland (based off of Frontierland), Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland
-Owned by Euro Disney, but I’m assuming the Walt Disney Company holds a lot of their stock
“Main Street USA” still called “Main Street USA” – Inspired by California and Florida parks – small town, railroad, etc.
Lands: Discoveryland (like Tomorrowland), Frontierland, Adventureland, and Fantasyland
Hong Kong Disneyland
“Main Street USA” still called “Main Street USA” – Same as others, based off of a small Midwest town
Lands: Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, and Toy Story Land
**I think they’re opening a new land soon that’s supposed to be based off of Frontierland. I’ve read that it will be called “Grizzly Gulch” but I’m not entirely sure what’s going on with that.
Anyway, I hope that helps answer some of the questions from class. Now that I’m already on this rant, here are a few magical things about Disney World that might help warm the hearts of anyone else (maybe it’s just me?) who needs a positive boost after all the Disney analyzing we’ve been doing.
- During the Year of a Million Dreams, Disney used a computer to randomly generate a park, a time, a ride, and a seat number once a day, every day. They would then go to that park, that ride, and that seat number at that time and inform the guest that they have been chosen to spend the night in the Cinderella Castle and they will get VIP viewing for the Wishes firework show and the nighttime parade. Dream come true!
- For guests chosen to stay in the Cinderella Castle, Disney (as usual) paid attention to every single detail. Since the grounds crew comes out after the park closes to clean up the area and the attractions, they didn’t want the guests to look out the window and see this “behind the scenes” work, as it might take away from the magic. So, the windows in the castle have perfectly positioned stained glass so that, no matter what angle you shift to, you cannot see any of it.
- Disney park employees are assigned the task of “creating a magical moment” a few times in their shift. A magical moment can be any number of things but, for example, you can surprise a family who is about to purchase something and tell them that it will be free! I worked in retail for 4 years of high school and I can’t imagine them ever allowing something like that.
I can go on forever, but I hope some of this helps or sparks discussion!