Disney Plans Get a Cold Reception Online

Walt Disney (DIS) won’t make Shanghai the happiest place in the world.

That’s the early reaction from a surprising number of netizens, or Chinese Internet users, to confirmation early Wednesday that plans for Shanghai Disneyland have the green light to proceed. Of the posts streaming into tianya.cn, a major portal, early Wednesday, the negative views were solidly outweighing positive views. A survey on eastday.com suggests a lack of enthusiasm too.

The Burbank, Calif., entertainment giant and the Shanghai government announced that they have central-government approval to build mainland China’s first Disney theme park and resort, which means contracts to build can now be hashed out.

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