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Disney drives explosive theme park expansion in China
Disney drives explosive theme park expansion in China

China is expected to build an astonishing 59 theme parks by 2020, with international industry leaders such as Disney, Universal and Six Flags playing catch-up with a host of rising regional players. Long known for money-losing parks, unfinished projects and knockoff roller coasters, China is poised to undertake a $23.8-billion expansion of its theme park industry and overtake the United States in annual attendance, according to a report by industry analyst AECOM. "China is without a question the hottest spot on the planet," said Dennis Speigel, president of International Theme Park Services in Cincinnati. The imminent unveiling of Shanghai Disneyland along with a change in...

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