With Shanghai Disneyland’s grand opening only a day away, Shanghai Metro has posted some pictures on its official Weibo account showing off its brand-new Disney-themed subway cars. The response has been overwhelming.
Overwhelmingly negative that is. Netizens quickly criticized the tacky look of the trains that appear to have been decorated with as little effort as possible, especially when compared to Hong Kong’s fantastical Disneyland Resort Line. It seems like the ride to “The Happiest Place on Earth” won’t be so happy after all.
Shanghai Disney teamed up with Shanghai Metro to create the two trains that will begin operation at noon on June 16th. The ride will be on Line 11 from Loushan Road to Disney Station and promises to be jam-packed with fun.
Despite all the hype surrounding the opening of the first Disneyland in mainland China and the sweet metro station that goes along with it, the trains have left netizens wanting more.
“The train is so ugly and cheap. They literally just stuck some wallpaper on a normal train,” wrote @-Heson-.
“Can this get any uglier?” wrote @sophia_若燕.
“This looks so crude. Can’t we learn from our neighbors, such as Japan or Hong Kong?” wrote @布莱恩与邵.
For comparison, this is what the resort line looks like in Hong Kong:
And in Japan:
Yeah, netizens might just have a point there.
This is just another in the long line of complaints that have plagued Disneyland even before it’s even officially open, including: crowds, cleanliness, 35 yuan pork buns and no balloons on the subway. Which is a shame, because those subway cars really need something to brighten them up.
Anyway, if you still want to go tomorrow, officials recommend that you take the metro.
By Sarah Lin
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