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Re: Shanghai Disneyland Discussion Thread

Postby tiger01 » Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:57 pm

THe guy with the red tie at the top left crackes me up! :mickey:
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Re: Shanghai Disneyland Discussion Thread

Postby DBJ » Mon Apr 11, 2011 2:55 pm

I am intrigued by the concept art and the general description of the park. I would expect, or really even hope, that they take the lessons learned from Hong Kong and are able to tailor get closer in general to what would appealing to the market. Of the rides revealed, a dumbo spinner and a carousel, leaves much to be desired. The nature walk has to be misdirection. I can't imagine people paying top dollar to walk around an artificial lake. However, maybe because they don't want their competition in China to completely clone any form of unique ride being developed by Disney and have it opened years before the DL opens their doors. So I am giving Disney the benefit of the doubt, and expect the park to be quite nice when it opens.

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Re: Shanghai Disneyland Discussion Thread

Postby CCG2 » Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:31 pm

So...Anybody besides me think that the Castle in Shanghai will be bigger than Californias? :lmao:

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Re: Shanghai Disneyland Discussion Thread

Postby triggernel » Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:32 pm

Ummm, it's the bigger than all of them.
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Re: Shanghai Disneyland Discussion Thread

Postby DJeXeL » Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:37 pm

The blurry, fuzzy concept art of a Shanghai Disneyland, filled with fireworks, spotlights and a great big castle, paints a picture short on details and vague on specifics about the planned project in China.

So why all the secrecy on Disney's part? Three reasons:

* To prevent knockoff rides by rival Asian theme parks, which happened before Hong Kong Disneyland's 2005 opening.

* To preserve creative flexibility for Disney's Imagineers during the ongoing "Blue Sky" development phase, when rides, shows and even entire lands appear or disappear.

* To tread lightly with the Chinese government during the upcoming five-year engagement, which follows a delicate two-decade courtship.

Photos: Concept art of Shanghai Disneyland theme park

The basics are clear enough: The $4.4 billion Shanghai Disney resort is expected to open in late 2015 or early 2016 with a $3.7 billion Magic Kingdom-style theme park, two hotels and a Downtown Disney shopping center.

Beyond that, the particulars quickly become hazy.

So let's go over what we know, review what we've seen and ponder the many unknowns:

The Known
The Chinese government wants Shanghai Disneyland to be sharply different from the other five Magic Kingdom theme parks around the globe, with several all-new attractions related to Chinese culture and myth woven into and around classic Disney attractions.

The park's Storybook Castle, the largest and tallest of all Disney's turreted icons, will offer interactive elements, along with spaces for entertainment, dining and performances.

The newest Magic Kingdom will do away with the traditional Main Street USA entrance in favor of an 11-acre park suitable for parades, cultural celebrations and character meet-and-greets.

The theme park will be approached by boats navigating a 100-acre lake that plays up the importance of water to the Chinese and emphasizes the themes of sustainability and nature.

The first phase of the project, which the Chinese government estimates will eventually cost $15 billion upon completion, will occupy just over half of the 1,730-acre property. Shanghai officials say the new resort will one day contain three theme parks. (View photos of the undeveloped Shanghai Disney property.)

Shanghai Disney would be smaller than its Florida counterpart, bigger than Disney's properties in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Anaheim and on par size-wise with the Paris resort.

Upon opening, government officials expect Shanghai Disneyland to attract 7.3 million visitors annually. Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger says the new park may offer half-day and evening-only tickets.

The Seen
Over the last two decades, Disney has released several visual representations of the proposed park. As with any evolving project, plans change over time and will no doubt continue to do so during the upcoming development phase.

The newest concept art shows an extra-large castle with a domed cupola, several steeply pitched roofs with widow walks and about a dozen spires, including a bulbous one that recalls Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl television tower. At night, the illuminated castle takes on an ominous look and feel that recalls the Haunted Mansion.

The pagoda-dotted entry park features a cherry-blossom-lined parade route with a Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride on one side and a Fantasyland carousel on the other.

A wider view of the park shows a smudgy, blurry mountain that may remind some of Expedition Everest, Matterhorn Bobsleds or a re-envisioned Pirates of the Caribbean ride dubbed "Splash Pirates."

Concept art, released at a Disney investors' conference in February, shows Mickey Mouse's face in the middle of a hub-like entrance plaza with a skyrocketing fountain nearby. A walkway lined with giant mushrooms or flowers glows along the waterfront.

A Shanghai Disneyland map that emerged in March shows a 200-foot-wide moat surrounding the perimeter of the park, recalling the layout of the Forbidden City.
The map also indicates locations for four hotels, including one with a view of the park, although Disney has announced plans for two hotels – one deluxe and one "value."

In July 2010, the Walt Disney Family Museum posted concept art on Twitter showing Shanghai Disneyland with a more traditional Magic Kingdom-style layout: Adventureland and Frontierland on the left, Tomorrowland on the right, Fantasyland behind the castle and a train track surrounding the perimeter of the park. A version of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, sitting on an island in the middle of a lake, stands out as a key departure from the typical park design.

Back in 2006, Disney's annual report included an illustration for a "concept for a new Disney theme park" that many interpreted as a representation of Shanghai Disneyland. The image showed a central lake surrounded by a mermaid lagoon, an "Indiana Jones"-style temple, a roller coaster and a European village beneath a fairytale castle on a hill, according to Progress City.

The Unknown
For the last several years, insiders with insight into Disney's creative plans have reported on elements reportedly included in the Shanghai park:

* Versions of Disney's well-known Space Mountain and It's a Small World rides, as well as a Tomorrowland-themed land, would be included in the Shanghai park, according to the New York Times.

* The extravagantly designed Adventureland and Frontierland areas of the park will have a lush Tokyo DisneySea look while the rest of the Shanghai park will have an international EPCOT-style feel, according to Blue Sky Disney.

* Characters from newer Disney and Pixar films will populate the park, according to Jim Hill Media: "Woody, Jessie and Bullseye will ride herd on Frontierland while Shanghai Disneyland's Autopia will serve as the centerpiece of a brand-new 'Cars'-themed part of this park. I'm told that Captain Jack Sparrow will stagger around a Pirates-centric version of Adventureland while Rapunzel & her tower will ... well, tower over Fantasyland."

But as anybody who has followed Disney knows, the "Blue Sky" creative phase is an ever changing process filled with varied and vested interests. As a result, curious bystanders are often left asking the same questions as the knowledgeable decision-makers:

* Will Shanghai Disneyland include classic attractions such as the Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise and Splash Mountain?

* Will any long-rumored but perpetually-shelved E-Ticket attractions surface in Shanghai?

* Will Marvel characters finally make their Disney theme park debut in Shanghai?

* Will Disney introduce any Chinese mythological stories besides its roster of European fairy tales?

* Will princesses, pixies, pirates and Pixar properties push older Disney characters to the sidelines?

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Re: Shanghai Disneyland Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:51 pm

Two images from Walt Disney show the outside and the interior of the planned Shanghai Disney Resort's Storybook Castle. When work is complete, the castle will become the largest Disney castle to have been built. Visitors will be able to take a 10-minute ferry boat trip from the ground floor of the castle around other scenic spots in the resort. In the heart of Enchanted Storybook Castle is a magnificent winding staircase (left) that will lead guests on a "Once Upon a Time Adventure" featuring Disney princesses, the company said yesterday. An ornate archway (right) provides a grand entrance to the castle, which Walt Disney says is the inspirational icon of Shanghai Disneyland.
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Re: Shanghai Disneyland Discussion Thread

Postby Cyber.Fiber » Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:33 pm

This looks incredible. I cannot wait to see this monster when its complete :lover:

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Re: Shanghai Disneyland Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Fri Dec 30, 2011 9:20 pm

Shanghai Disneyland will start taking shape in the spring, with work set to begin on attractions, government officials said yesterday.

Preparatory work on the first Disneyland on the Chinese mainland began in April, with the theme park scheduled to open in 2015. This stage of the project is set to cost 29 billion yuan (US$4.6 billion), including the park, hotels and leisure facilities. Other stages are planned afterwards.

Jiang Shujie, deputy director with the Shanghai Construction Commission, said nearly 3 billion yuan has been spent on preparatory construction. This includes building roads and drainage systems, as well as sightseeing and traffic structures. Preparatory work should be finished by the spring, after which builders can move on to Disneyland attractions, Jiang said.

Work has begun on a 10-kilometer waterway attraction that will enclose the site. A 5-kilometer stretch is currently being dug at the northwest of the site, Jiang said. He added that two elevated roads connecting the site to the S1 and S2 highways are under construction and could open next April.

A Metro link will also be built.

Authorities have already revealed a rough plan indicating how Shanghai Disneyland could look, attracting great interest.

Jiang said the bidding process for the detailed design had begun, but did not elaborate on likely candidate designers.

The city said it has spent about 100 billion yuan this year on major government-backed construction projects. These were mostly aimed at upgrading traffic and other facilities to boost the local economy.

Officials said there will be a substantial increase in next year's budget for similar work.

Around 30 tunneling machines are currently at work in Shanghai, as the city builds more subway lines and other tunnels, said the construction authority.

By 2015, the Metro network will have grown from 420 to 500 kilometers, said Jiang.
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Re: Shanghai Disneyland Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Apr 10, 2012 4:53 pm

After a year of construction, the future Disneyland theme park in the Pudong New Area has started to "take shape" with the land leveled, river channel created and some roads built.

Construction crews have almost finished grading the uneven land to prepare it for the large-scale construction in the next step. To reduce subsidence and create a safe amusement park, the builders have adopted a so-called vacuum-preloading method on the 1.68-square-kilometer plot.

They divided the area into 44 parts and inserted pipes into the land to draw ground water. The builder compared the work to "doing embroidery" on the land and said it meets the standard of an airport runway. The land will not sink by more than 1 centimeter for at least 50 years, according to the builders.

About 98 percent of the necessary soil has been removed to form the river around the theme park, and 84 percent of the soil of the future inner lake has been removed.

Construction on Tanghuang Road and Hangcheng Road, the eastern and southern border roads of Disneyland, will be completed and open to traffic by the end of this month, the Pudong New Area construction authorities said yesterday.

The Pudong government is responsible for the construction of 11 Disney-related road projects.

The other nine projects, including the Shenjiang lane elevated road, a bus hub and the major entrance road, are expected to be completed by June 2014.

The 11 road projects, which involve streets totaling 40 kilometers, will cost about 9.4 billion yuan (US$1.5 billion). A total of 492 households and 133 enterprises need to be relocated to make way for the road projects.

The theme park will lie in the heart of the 20-square-kilometer Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone. The first Disneyland theme park on the Chinese mainland broke ground last April, and its first phase is due to open for business in 2015. It's the third one in Asia, after Tokyo and Hong Kong, and the phase 1 project will cost 24.5 billion yuan.

The developers of Shanghai Disneyland secured a 12.9 billion yuan (US$2.04 billion) syndicated loan with a number of Chinese banks for the theme park's first phase of construction.

The deal was signed today in Shanghai as part of the city government's effort to advance the progress of some key infrastructure projects for this year. The Shidongkou power project also won a 4.8 billion yuan syndicated loan while a residential community project in Luodian, Baoshan District, obtained a 3.11 billion yuan loan today.

A syndicated loan is provided by a group of lenders and is structured and arranged by one or several banks known as arrangers.

Such loans have been increasingly used to fund the construction of major infrastructure projects.

The Shanghai Bureau of China Banking Regulatory Commission has said major projects, other than real estate projects, with a funding scale of more than 2 billion yuan should seek syndicated loans.

Globally, syndicated loans have become a key method in funding infrastructure construction and mergers and acquisitions, and it also provides a platform to connect banks and major projects in Shanghai, Vice Mayor Yang Xiong said today.

The first phase of Shanghai Disneyland, scheduled to open in 2015 in Chuansha in Pudong New Area, will cost 24.5 billion yuan. Construction began last April.
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Re: Shanghai Disneyland Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:11 am

triggernel wrote:Ummm, it's bigger than all of them.


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