Shanghai Disneyland Details Unveiled Ahead of 2016 Opening
With its grand opening less than a year away, there's understandably significant buzz surrounding the debut of Disney's first-ever mainland China-based theme park.
On Tuesday, four years since breaking ground on the massive project, Disney revealed what future visitors to Shanghai Disneyland can expect to experience.
The park, which is scheduled to open in the spring of 2016, will feature a handful of firsts as many of the attractions are inspired by not only beloved Disney films and characters, but Chinese history and culture.
Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger presented a scale model of the theme park at the Shanghai Expo Centre on Tuesday, unveiling the six themed lands that will comprise the park — Adventure Isle, Gardens of Imagination, Mickey Avenue, Tomorrowland, Treasure Cove, and Fantasyland — as well as the iconic centerpiece, the Enchanted Storybook Castle, which will be the tallest and largest of any Disney theme park castle in the world.
Mickey Avenue is set to become the first Mickey Mouse-inspired main entry at a Disney theme park, while Treasure Cove will mark the first pirate-themed land at a Disney park.
Meanwhile, Fantasyland, which will house the Enchanted Storybook Castle, will be the park's largest themed land.
"We are building something truly special here in Shanghai that not only showcases the best of Disney's storytelling but also celebrates and incorporates China's incredibly rich heritage to create a one-of-a-kind destination that will delight and entertain the people of China for generations to come," said Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger in a statement. "We are taking everything we've learned from our six decades of exceeding expectations – along with our relentless innovation and famous creativity to create a truly magical place that is both authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese."
Disney, in partnership with the Shanghai Shendi Group, will debut several other attractions alongside the Disneyland theme park next year. In addition to Shanghai Disneyland, the completed Shanghai Disney Resort will also feature the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, Toy Story Hotel, Disneytown, and Wishing Star Park.
The latter two attractions are designed to complement each other, as visitors will be able to eat and shop at the Disneytown district while also enjoying a 1.5-mile scenic walking path.
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