I meant to post this a while ago, because I am STOKED.
Disney recently (as in the 8th of April) broke ground on the new Shanghai Disneyland Resort, set to open in 2015/2016. The park is Disney’s first venture into mainland China and the park is the be “authentically Disney, yet distinctly Chinese.” It will include the theme park as well as two hotels, and Downtown Disney shopping district area, recreational facilities, a lake, and transportation to the resort’s many features.
A conceptual design of how Shanghai Disneyland will look like.
Not included in the new park model is Main Street, U.S.A. Main Street is a staple of American culture and would have no significant meaning to the Chinese, rendering it unnecessary. Instead, a beautiful 11 acres of green space and water will be featured in front of the castle, which will be dubbed Storybook Castle and will be the largest and most unique of all of the castles, hosting a throng of entertainment and dining options. Primarily, however, the park will reinforce the theme of sustainability and nature on its grounds.
The castle at the Shanghai park. Supposed to be bigger and better than any built to date.
Disneyland Paris was thought to be the most beautiful Disney park yet when it opened in 1992, but had six hotels for only one park, producing a giant financial mess. Hong Kong still under performs due to its lack of major attractions in just four lands. Shanghai’s resort seems to be set up for success at least environmentally.
A conceptual design for the Magic Kingdom of the park. Different setup than usual, with a bigger focus on nature, and no Main Street.
Photos copyright of Disney