Did China create these amazing Indian robot dancers at the Shanghai Disneyland?!
Watch the viral clip for yourself, and find out what the FACTS really are!
Claim : China Created Indian Robot Dancers At Shanghai Disneyland!
Here is the video that people are sharing on WhatsApp and social media platforms. It is often paired with a short explanation in English.
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Did China create these amazing Indian robot dancers at the Shanghai Disneyland?! 😮
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— Dr. Adrian Wong (@DrAdrianWong) May 19, 2023
They Are NOT Indian Robot Dancers At Shanghai Disneyland!
The agility and grace of these dancers are amazing, but they are NOT Indian robot dancers created by China for Shanghai Disneyland!
The less gullible would point out that it is something you would only expect from human Indian dancers, and they would be right.
Fact #1 : This Is An Old Video From 2017
While this video has only started circulating in April-May 2023, the original video was posted on YouTube in August 2017 – more than 5 years ago!
The original video is called “Vahana Alarippu: Bharatanatyam Dance | Best of Indian Classical Dance”, and is 23 seconds longer than the viral video, with a different audio track.
Fact #2 : Those Are Professional Indian Classical Dancers!
The two dancers are professional Indian classical dancers called Sophia Salingaros and Isha Parupudi.
It is unknown where this dance actually took place. The description did not mention a location. But it is more than certain that this dance did not occur at the Shanghai Disneyland!
Fact #3 : 499 Yuan Was Old Entry Price To Shanghai Disneyland
The fake story claimed that the ticket to watch this performance costs 499 Yuan – about US$73 / £55 / RM303. That would be ridiculously exorbitant for a single show.
In truth, that was the cost of an entry ticket to the Shanghai Disneyland when it first opened in February 2016.
Since 6 June 2018, it has been priced at 399 Yuan (off-peak), 575 Yuan (peak) and 665 Yuan (peak holiday).
In 23 June 2023, Shanghai Disneyland raised prices again, with a Regular ticket at 435 Yuan. Regular Plus ticket at 545 Yuan, Peak ticket at 659 Yuan, and Peak Plus ticket at 769 Yuan.
Fact #4 : Disneyland Does Not Charge Extra To Watch Certain Shows
Anyone who has been to Disneyland knows that the entry fee is pricey. That’s because it covers all rides and shows inside Disneyland.
You only need to pay for food and drinks, and arcade games. Or if you opt to purchase Disney Fastpasses (Fastpass, FastPass+, MaxPass) to bypass long queues at popular rides or shows.
Otherwise, all rides and shows are free to enjoy once you enter Disneyland.
Fact #5 : That Is The Third Fake Video Of Shanghai Disneyland Robot Dancers!
This is actually the third fake video of robot dancers at the Shanghai Disneyland. It’s absurd how people keep passing off videos of real dancers as robot dancers!
This one circulated earlier, claiming to be of a female robot dancer that handily beats all Japanese made-robots. In truth, the fake news creator took the video clip from the 2018 World Dance Sport Federation Championship in Lithuania…
And this video was taken from a Chinese Ballroom Dance Federation (CBDF) competition
Who Would Create Fake Story About Indian Robot Dancers?
With China’s aggressive foreign stance in recent years, it is not uncommon to see such fake stories and fake videos being created and shared.
Some believe it’s part of a concerted attempt to burnish China’s image overseas. Others believe the many fake stories are being created to drown out the negative coverage of China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative, and their aggressive moves in the South China Sea.
Whatever the reasons may be, it is our duty as global citizens to stop the proliferation of such fake stories.
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