Germans Love David Hasselhoff / Theme Parks


  • Disney in general is very, very popular in Japan. Even Tokyo Disneyland, the first park to open overseas, was done in the style of the American park, compared to the massive changes made to Disneyland Paris a decade later. Disneyland in Southern California still receives a massive amount of Japanese tourists, who treat the park as a sort of "Mecca".
    • Similarly, Brazilians tend to love Walt Disney World in Florida.
    • There's also a surprising amount of Australians and New Zealanders visiting Tokyo Disneyland.
    • Disney World's second-largest tourist demographic (after the United States) are guests from the United Kingdom. The resort's unofficial "twin city" is actually the town of Swindon, England.
    • When Dave Barry went to Tokyo Disneyland, he was amazed at this. Why would the Japanese feel nostalgic about The Gay '90s version of small town America?
    • Speaking of Disney, Original Character Duffy the Disney Bear started out as "The Disney Bear" stateside, but didn't turn out to be the hit that Disney had hoped for. Then Japan remade him as Duffy the Disney Bear, and he became popular enough to have queues as long as the lines for actual rides for his Meet and Greet. Then, Disney had the bright idea to bring him over to the stateside parks again, and had him pretty much take over Epcot. Unfortunately, Americans hate Duffy and view him as a Creator's Pet.
    • Duffy was originally a "merchandise only" character: he didn't appear in any movies or TV shows, he was just a bear you could buy at a toy shop in Disney World. He naturally wasn't a big success, because unlike most of the other Disney characters, he was just a generic teddy bear with no established personality. Then OLC (the company that owns the Disney parks in Japan, running them under license from the Disney Corporation) got hold of him, gave him a name and a backstory, and he became a huge hit there. Duffy has been brought back to the US, but he's definitely far less popular than Disney's other stuffed bear, Winnie the Pooh (and even arguably less popular than the bears from Country Bear Jamboree, which hasn't even existed at Disneyland for over a decade but still has some nostalgia value for older park guests).
    • In a similar vein, the Japanese fandom for the Orange Bird, a Walt Disney World exclusive character that was created to promote Florida Citrus in The '70s, managed to find a new life in Japanese Disney fandom in conjunction with the country's Orange Day, and managed to help spur interest again back in the States to receive nostalgic merchandise as well as a cameo in an Inside Out children's book; this eventually culminated in the bird's return to the Magic Kingdom's Sunshine Tree Terrace he once called home.
    • French people generally have quite a thing for Westerns, which is why Frontierland in Disneyland Paris is larger than the others and has more backstory.
    • In the United States, Journey into Imagination with Figment, the third incarnation of Journey into Imagination, is a Love It or Hate It affair. In Japan, however, it's loved by many people who have visited Disney World, because of how Japan loves characters that are both mischievous and adorable (such as the Minions from Despicable Me and Stitch), and the titular character fits such criteria in the new version of the ride.
  • There's a lot of Europeans (both western and eastern Europe) that fly across the Atlantic to visit Cedar Point in US state Ohio.
  • Most of the vistors to Universal Studios Florida are British tourists.

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