Dion Kucera

How long to visit?

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I'm going to be visiting the Fair this summer in Milan. However, I've never visited any world's fair before. How long do you think is needed to get a good feel for the world's fair? One day? Two days? Longer? Thanks.

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I would try for a week if you can do it. With lines you won't see much in just a day or two.

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This is a "middle-sized" Expo.

A day or two will give you the lay of the land and cherry pick the easy to see stuff. Then head for what you want to see with the longer waiting lines- probably allow 3 days for that....5 days total.

THEN....add on some time, because don't forget there is a lot of OTHER good stuff to see in the Milan area.

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I understand the US will not have an officially sanctioned government sponsored pavilion. It will be sponsored by private groups. Why does the US do this? What's the government's problem with participating in a positive cultural event where there will be so m any other nations represented? I don't get why the US behaves in this manner.

According to the website, Canada is not participating. That really surprises me.

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In a time of huge national debt which keeps growing, not shrinking....difficult prioritization of spending becomes necessary. Otherwise the U.S. is on a path toward the predicament faced by Greece and Spain. It's just a matter of time. "Cranking up the printing presses" and printing money (and printing money) is not the answer either; those people don't remember Germany 1923.

I don't mean to take this discussion in a political direction, but that is the answer. "Participating" is one thing. Spending big money like in 1964 is another. It's just not going to happen until the U.S. is in a position of revenues exceeding spending by a big amount- "rolling in dough" if you will.

Now...that is the answer....BUT....I have a problem with the U.S. giving direct grants to third world countries as "nation building" or whatever you want to call it....when putting some of that money in an Expo pavilion would be a better investment in my mind. There are many of course who think until we're out of debt we shouldn't be doing EITHER.

Interesting about Canada. Maybe they are having second thoughts along the same lines as the U.S., at least for an Expo which is not BIE Tier 1 (every 10 years on years that end in zero).

I have also heard some rationale that "trade expos" should be represented by those who profit from them- trade groups...like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its members.

I know, I know, many international expos go far beyond "trade" and talk about cultural exchanges and so on.

There is also an argument that the BIE and what it does smacks of the "United Nations", which to some extent is anti-American and against American values. Some people have even advocated the U.S. withdrawing from the U.N. completely and kicking their headquarters out of New York. Not saying I agree with that, but it's what I've heard, and that U.N.-type activities are like the Nobel Committee in Norway, which seems to gone far left in recent years, giving awards to people BEFORE they've even accomplished anything, just because they 'sound good'.

Speaking of which- I learned something the other day. The makeup of the Nobel committee is required by rule to reflect the makeup of the Norwegian government. So a recent election in Norway saw a conservative government take over from a socialist government that had been in office for many, many years, and just weeks later the head of the Nobel committee has had to step down with others on the committee to follow. So it appears that their awards might reflect quite different values in coming years.

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Dion, this is a great question. I am going to be attending for 6 days. I will also be attending on April 30th as well (I guess some people could count that as 7 days), the day before the Expo opening, as there will be a lot of Expo related events that day. I would strongly advise you to do at least 5 days. When I went to the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, I was there for 3 days. I felt it was too short, and I felt it really needed 10 days. My recommendation is go for at least 5 days, but do 10 days if you can pull it off, the ideal would be 2 or 3 weeks (as there are so many things there to keep one occupied). Have a plan and prioritize, because unless you go for at least 10 days, you will probably not be able to see everything.

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Shanghai had 190 participating countries.

Milan thinks they'll get 145.

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This is a quote from Expo General Manager and Event Manager,Piero Galli, "Considering that a whole day's visit is enough to see only about 15 percent of the Expo site, accurate pre-visit planning is one way to ensure visitors will get the most out of their tour"

So according to this, you would need seven days to see the whole Expo. Then again, that number probably just refers to the pavilions. If you factor in the shows, conferences, talks, et cetra, at the Expo, it might come out to 10 or 14 days.

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Hi, I needed one extra day for Expo 2005 ( I spent two) and one extra day for shanghai (I spent six) to cover it completely. Right now, I'm spending two days at Milan, but - based on my experience at Expo 2005 - am thinking of expanding it to three. It is similar in size to Expo 2005 and I'm willing to miss some of the minor events and pavilions. One day of it at least, happily, is being spent with Bill Young.

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I will be spending 8 days at the Expo, so I can enjoy myself and not feel rushed, and another 6 days sightseeing (Milan, the surrounding area, and Venice)

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I think for Expo fans, they'll want to spend at least a week on site. If you're traveling with "less enthusiastic" Expo visitors, you can probably hit the highlights in 2 or 3 days.

Fortunately, I'll likely be there every day for about ten weeks.

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Interesting with an industry for Disney tour companies to give the best routes, best times of day, and best days of the week in any given month, and predicting how big the crowds are; interesting that there's not something akin to that for World's Fairs.

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I bought my Expo tickets over the weekend. There is a 20% discount if you buy before April 30. The problem is you must choose a specific date. Yes, you can buy "open" tickets but must choose a date before attending or risk being turned away at the gate if that day's advance ticket sales

has reached a pre-determined limit. I guess that's good for crowd control but doesn't leave much flexibility. I bought two 2-day carnets for May 6-7 and May 8-9. What if it pours rain each of those days. Guess I better bring an umbrella.

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On 3/15/2015 at 11:35 AM, Randy Treadway said:

In a time of huge national debt which keeps growing, not shrinking....difficult prioritization of spending becomes necessary. Otherwise the U.S. is on a path toward the predicament faced by Greece and Spain. It's just a matter of time. "Cranking up the printing presses" and printing money (and printing money) is not the answer either; those people don't remember Germany 1923.

I don't mean to take this discussion in a political direction, but that is the answer. "Participating" is one thing. Spending big money like in 1964 is another. It's just not going to happen until the U.S. is in a position of revenues exceeding spending by a big amount- "rolling in dough" if you will.

 

Now...that is the answer....BUT....I have a problem with the U.S. giving direct grants to third world countries as "nation building" or whatever you want to call it....when putting some of that money in an Expo pavilion would be a better investment in my mind. There are many of course who think until we're out of debt we shouldn't be doing EITHER.

 

Interesting about Canada. Maybe they are having second thoughts along the same lines as the U.S., at least for an Expo which is not BIE Tier 1 (every 10 years on years that end in zero).

 

I have also heard some rationale that "trade expos" should be represented by those who read what he said about the Bathmate here profit from them- trade groups...like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its members.

I know, I know, many international expos go far beyond "trade" and talk about cultural exchanges and so on.

There is also an argument that the BIE and what it does smacks of the "United Nations", which to some extent is anti-American and against American values. Some people have even advocated the U.S. withdrawing from the U.N. completely and kicking their headquarters out of New York. Not saying I agree with that, but it's what I've heard, and that U.N.-type activities are like the Nobel Committee in Norway, which seems to gone far left in recent years, giving awards to people BEFORE they've even accomplished anything, just because they 'sound good'.

Speaking of which- I learned something the other day. The makeup of the Nobel committee is required by rule to reflect the makeup of the Norwegian government. So a recent election in Norway saw a conservative government take over from a socialist government that had been in office for many, many years, and just weeks later the head of the Nobel committee has had to step down with others on the committee to follow. So it appears that their awards might reflect quite different values in coming years.

Milan was my first Worlds Fair that I have been too. I had a great time but recently lost my digi camera with my pics on that I stupidly din't back up. Does any one have any photos of the event?

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Hi Martin....

If you go to Flickr.com and do a search for Expo Milano you will find hundreds of photos taken during the 6-month event.

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On 3/15/2015 at 2:34 PM, Dion Kucera said:

"I'm going to be visiting the Fair this summer in Milan. However, I've never visited any world's fair before. How long do you think is needed to get a good feel for the world's fair? One day? Two days? Longer? Thanks."

 

Dion, after having been to 2 World Expos, 1 International Expo, and 1 World Horticultural Expo, I have come up with my own personal formula called the "1-3-6-9" rule.  1 day for the Triennale, 3 days for a World Horticultural Expo, 6 days for an International Expo, and 9 days for a World Expo. Your mileage may vary. This is just a generalization (for example, even though Milan was a World Expo, looking back, I think 5 days was enough, whereas 5 days for the Shanghai World Expo would not have been enough). 

 

 

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