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#72 Disneyland

Posted May 7th, 2008 by Peter · 29 Comments

Whether it’s been by watching the latest Asian variety shows, soap operas, their very own children squirming at the sight of a belt, or rice paddies maturing, Asians have definitely demonstrated a more refined sense of “living it up.” That is, until Walt Disney launched a virus in the 1950s. Since then, Asians from around the world have swarmed to American Disneyland Resorts.

Now what makes Disneyland so attracting? Why do asians cough up the 400 dollars a night to stay in hotels, 18 dollars to rent strollers, or 25 dollars to purchase a small pizza? Let’s not forget the trade-off value and potential opportunity costs of time spent waiting in line. It’s quite simple, my dear non-asian as well as asian brethren: Asians love the name value, photo ops, and endless ways to display their wealth. We can’t leave out the obvious fun factor.

Check out this Asian Video about Disneyland China:

When asians hear “Disneyland,” images of Moses’ promise land come to mind. What better place to have a promise land than in America, the self proclaimed, “land of abundance.” Asians know that they have their own “Deez-knee wool” Tokyo or “Dis Nee Lan-Do” China. They also know that these are cheap knockoffs. This is the precisely why asians have to visit American Disneyland resorts before they die. There are many problems asians face upon arriving though.

Now, Disney has mastered the art of waiting in line. Asians, on the other hand, have not. The Disney Corporation, quite ingeniously, has implemented a few things to suppress the Asian tendency to cut in line, including: not showing the end of the line, decorating their lines with distracting elements, and exposing the lines to boutiques and restaurants.

Asians will in fact wait in line if they can’t see what lies before them. Distracting elements like waterfalls and rocks only give asians more ideas for home decor and ways to model their backyards. If they can see the long line ahead, they will have one person wait while the family sits smugly under the shade and picnics. Finally, when they’re full, they’ll creep back into line. Seeing stores is, lastly, a great way for asians to plan their agendas. Agendas that will not include buying food at Disneyland. When they stand in lines, Asians do not just stand stoically, as they’re constantly planning and prodding for breakfast, brunch, lunch, lunner, dinner, and possibly tomorrow’s brunchfast. Disneyland tests an Asian’s cleverness in terms of bringing a baby stroller to store a day’s worth of food hidden under loads of jackets and innocently call it “baby food” when asked. The locker is an Asian’s last resort. When Disneyland restaurants look appealing, Asians will find more “budget-friendly” alternatives off-campus. In simpler terms, they will turn Disney’s own marketing strategy against them.

For the more well-off asians, Disney offers a method of discrimination that makes Asians feel like Gods. When they purchase the well sought-after Fast Pass, Asians are making a wealth statement that allows them to zoom by lines that would otherwise cost them valuable time. Valuable time which could be better spent…

Taking Photos: When asians go to theme parks, it isn’t for the rides or attractions. It’s for the photo opportunities. Asians need as many photos of themselves in high-class places in order to show their friends how good they’ve been treating their families and how much money they’ve spent doing it. In fact, asians earn more respect as they acquire more pictures.

It’s also a great way to show off the sexy asian photo taking stance:

So why do Asians love Disneyland? They can flaunt their hard-earned dollars, take photo evidence of it, and then masquerade it behind a loving and caring temperament. Without Disneyland, asians wouldn’t have a reason to visit America or spend thousands of dollars on three days of “once in a lifetime” memories.

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29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tom Humes // May 7, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Nice Site layout for your blog. I am looking forward to reading more from you.

    Tom Humes

  • 2 Valley Girl // May 8, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    I heart your blog, guys! Other stuff Asian people like: Hello Kitty, driving while oblivous to others around them/cutting people off, fighting over the check, karaoke, labels (aka Louis Vuitton), makeup (Asian women and MAC makeup).

  • 3 allen // May 8, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    love the sexy Asian stance in the picture.

    “he looks like he jacks off with icy hot”- the boondocks

  • 4 sy88 // May 9, 2008 at 5:25 am

    Great article! Seems like you doubled up on that “sexy asian photo stance” picture. everydayasian used it as part of #66. I can see why you did though, it is a sexy stance… hehe

  • 5 sy88 // May 9, 2008 at 7:50 am

    LOL on the word lunner. When I typed it into wiki (as I do with a lot of things) I got a municipality in Norway?? I know it’s a portmanteau of lunch and dinner though… maybe lunner will be the new brunch?

  • 6 me // May 9, 2008 at 9:34 am

    I laughed out loud when I read about the agenda not including buying food. One of the times we visited there, mom loosened her clutch on the money bag and bought us those drinks that you can refill anytime if you buy the containers – which cost a couple of dollars. My mom decided it’d be a waste to throw it out after we got back home and to this day, the RugRats bottles stand on top of the living room cabinet amongst other treasures/garbage.

  • 7 me // May 9, 2008 at 9:36 am

    also remember how she would try to sneak in food, asian munchies in particular. i love this blog~

  • 8 hrhkat // May 10, 2008 at 3:04 am

    i always wondered why they came over here, and not go to there own themeparks. surprised it took this long to get disneyland in. i assume that disneyworld is like dying and going to heaven, then getting told there is a secret door to the “real” heaven. Disneyworld is farther away then disneyland, so i guess going to disneyworld really means that the asian is really really really successful. I would pay good money to hear an asian tell a friend, how they didnt go to the cheapy disneyland, but went all the way to disneyworld. great post once again, im coming here more often then stuffwhitepeoplelike, becuz he got a book deal and is all stuck up and lazy about his blog, only one post a week, how lame. keep them coming, even if they arent super long.

  • 9 hrhkat // May 10, 2008 at 3:05 am

    further away*

  • 10 1234 // May 10, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    i guess this might be true for asians actually from asia, especially since they have their own disneyland (right?), but from a north american asian’s view, you make this sound so snooty and stuck up. because really, the whole going to disney resorts, going to disneyland, taking pictures, fast passing (which by the way, is free, and LOTS of people use them) is quite typical for anyone, not just asians. people go to disneyland for primarly the same reason: its just one of those things EVERYONE does in their lifetime, not only for the photo ops and such. disneyland is…well just disneyland. my point is that you make this sounds so prejudice against asians as if their going to disneyland for all the wrong reasons, when really they dont since everyone does these things and its just a disneyland ‘thing’ to do for anyone.

  • 11 hrhkat // May 10, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    i live in socal, and go to disneyland like once a year, and really that is too often, but everytime i go, i see tons and tons of asians. Dont tell me that its not just asians who go, yes duh, but a large majority of the park is asian. Even asians who live in america go to disneyland more often then any other group. Not to sound racist against mexicans, but like in george lopez standup routine, he says mexicans save up all year to take like 20 people in the family to disney land. That is why you see less mexicans all year long, but when you do see them, the whole family is there. asians are different, they will go, if they live in america, will go at least 3 times a year, plus the asians from asia. So you get a vast amount of asianess at disneyland. But what i dont get is how they dont get bored of it…i get bored of it really fast. maybe they do, and thats why they go to six flags, and universal studios, see tons of them there, or maybe they come from asia and visit all three while they are here. they arent that far away from eachother, so they could easily stay at a disney hotel, then drive up to universal studios, then drive up to six flags. i dont mind that they come, it helps our economy, but they do take up alot of line space, but since im tall, its not to bad because i dont feel so closed in because i see right over them….they quite pushy tho..

  • 12 Ryan // May 11, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    For those of you who don’t speak Japanese or Chinese (I only got the point of the video when they started interviewing people in Chinese), the video is about a fake disneyland… in which the park management claimed that they got their inspirations from general fairytale (just like the real disney) and that their “mickey mouse” is actually a large-eared cat. Although one employee (the girl inside the dwarf suit) openly admit that they pretty much copied everything from the real disney by sending spys over.

  • 13 hrhkat // May 11, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    always making cheap knockoffs…never as good as the original..

  • 14 Lana // May 15, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    What about ice cream? Asians love ice cream….they get quite giddy about it, actually!

  • 15 Lin // May 16, 2008 at 9:38 am

    This is so, so true. More than half of the actual pictures on my family’s computer are composed of:

    a. Mickey Mouse (and his whole gang)
    b. Cinderella’s Palace
    c. Standing in front of rides
    d. Kodak moments
    e. Those weird parades

    We’ve always gone with either our grandparents, or my dad’s colleague’s family.

  • 16 Arthur // May 22, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Ahh, how did you not mention that Asian parents will always have their teenage kids pretend to be younger than 12* (or whatever the age limit is to qualify for cheaper childrens’ tickets)???

  • 17 Rukasu // May 30, 2008 at 9:00 am

    They have HK Disneyland (which is perpetually nearly bankrupt), and are no going to have the one in Shanghai (which is also doomed to fail), but they flocked the FL and CA…HILARIOUS

  • 18 Kyle // Jul 5, 2008 at 1:52 am

    As a non-Japanese speaker who recently visited Tokyo Disneyland/Disneysea, I have to say that the pre-recorded Mickey Mouse voice that you hear on the buses and other places is utterly terrifying. Maybe it was the jet-lag, or maybe I was recovering from the Blade-Runner-esque experience of neon Tokyo and my psyche was still a little weak, but that little chortle Japanese Mickey ended each sentence with made me want to jump out the window.

    However, Japanese Indiana Jones sounds really cool.

  • 19 4321 // Jul 8, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    One of the things I want to do before I die is to actually buy food in Disneyland. I still remember the time in Anaheim when my whole family drove AROUND Disneyland for an hour looking for a cheap chinese restaurant….*sigh*.

  • 20 rand012 // Jul 20, 2008 at 11:17 am

    This is just…stereotyping. Bad stereotyping.

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  • 27 Toni // Aug 6, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Asians need to learn how to move over when people are walking. By them…….they block the walk way while holding a conversation….smh

  • 28 ilovehorseyrides // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    So true….they even like Disney World in Florida!!!

    For the Asians and theme park rides, it usually depend on the age group and type of rides. Asians generally like slow rides and discourage their 2nd generation born children from riding thrill rides. Also, Asian people under 30 years old go on rides, while older Asians older than 30 years old don’t go on rides.

  • 29 ilovehorseyrides // Jan 6, 2018 at 12:08 am

    I’ve been to both Disneyland in CA and Disney World in Florida. Based on my experiences, even though my parents like taking pictures more than riding stuff, we also enjoyed some rides.

    We visited Disney World in August 2006. I was 14 and my sister was 7 at the time. We all took pics. Due to our ages my dad and I rode more stuff while my sister and my mom didn’t ride. Stuff we rode together were mainly baby rides.

    My mom, sister, and I visited Disneyland in June 2015. We all took pics. Since we were older (I was 23, my sister was 16), my sister and I go on rides together while my mom doesn’t ride. Whenever all 3 of us went on rides together, they were always the baby rides.

    Also on the theme parks and photo ops. In the major parks in NJ and Eastern PA (eg. Dorney) we mainly took pics (we went on rides too). In CA my mom took pics of us and she went on the rides at Universal while only I went on rides at Santa Cruz (my sister was too busy to go to Santa Cruz)

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