Disney Unveils Details for Shanghai Disneyland
Disney unveiled key creative elements of Shanghai Disneyland today, its first theme park in mainland China. The project, which broke ground in 2011 and will open in 2016, will include six themed lands filled with attractions and live entertainment. Among details:
• Mickey Avenue will be the main entry point to the park and is inspired by the colorful personalities of Mickey Mouse and his pals. Guests can take photos and interact with the classic Disney characters as well as shop for gifts and collectibles.
• Gardens of Imagination celebrates "the wonders of nature and the joy of imagination." Attractions include the Fantasia Carousel, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and several entertainment areas.
• Fantasyland will be inspired by Disney's animated films with attractions including the Enchanted Storybook Castle, Voyage to the Crystal Grotto, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan's Flight. Interactive areas based on Winnie the Pooh and Alice in Wonderland will also be available.
• Adventure Isle will offer exploration-themed attractions, such as the Roaring Mountain, Camp Discovery, Soaring over the Horizon and the Roaring Rapids raft ride.
• Treasure Cove will be the first pirate-themed land in a Disney park, allowing guests to join in the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow and Davy Jones. Pirates of the Caribbean - Battle for the Sunken Treasure transforms a boat ride into a journey with cutting-edge innovations and robotics, animation, set design and multimedia.
• Tomorrowland celebrates the limitless possibilities and optimism of the future of Shanghai. Guests can immerse themselves in the Toy Story films through Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue, a new space ranger adventure, or check out a coaster-style attraction based on the Tron franchise.
Two additional experiences will be created especially for this park: a Star Wars Launch Bay and Marvel Universe. Guests will be immersed in the respective fictional worlds and have a chance to interact with heroes and villains from the films.
Several other projects make up the Shanghai Disney Resort:
• The Shanghai Disneyland Hotel will offer 420 guest rooms, while a Toy Story-themed hotel will feature an additional 800 rooms.
• Disneytown will be the resort's destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. The area will be home to the Walt Disney Grand Theatre, which will host the global premiere in Mandarin of Disney's The Lion King, one of the most successful Broadway productions in history.
• Nearby will be Wishing Star Park, a 100-acre area with a 1.5-mile garden walking path.