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Robert Niles

Disney releases new image of Shanghai Disneyland Resort

Published: March 6, 2013 at 1:44 PM

The Walt Disney Company today released a image of its model for the new Shanghai Disneyland park in China, under construction for a planned debut in 2015.

Shanghai Disneyland

From Disney's press release:

The image illustrates a portion of the model of Shanghai Disneyland, and provides a first look at a beautiful, 11-acre green space at the center of the park, and a closer look at the unique design and scale of Enchanted Storybook Castle, the iconic central attraction of the theme park. On opening day Shanghai Disney Resort will include Shanghai Disneyland, two themed hotels, a 46,000-square-meter (495,000 square feet) gross floor area retail, dining and entertainment venue, recreational facilities, a lake and associated parking and transportation hubs.

Disney's perfected the art of creating attraction and theme park models and concept art that look richly detailed while remaining maddeningly vague. So go ahead and play your best "Where's Waldo?" game in trying to find some attraction hints within the image. The comments await you.

Replies (14)

Neil Trama

Published: March 6, 2013 at 2:33 PM

That big water feature screams "World of Color" to me. And I'm willing to bet dollars to donuts that there's a carousel!
Robert Niles

Published: March 6, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Ah, but is it a carousel... or a princess meet n' greet?
Amanda Jenkins

Published: March 6, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Nice to see that the castle may not be a replica of the others. That is one thing I really like about Disneyland Paris. It broke away from Disney World's and Disneyland's castle molds. I'm curious to see how different it will be.
TH Creative

Published: March 6, 2013 at 3:47 PM

For Ms. Jenkins

Dominick D

Published: March 6, 2013 at 3:54 PM

I have a feeling this park will be great.
James Rao

Published: March 6, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Looks beautiful...whatever it is! ;)

Published: March 6, 2013 at 4:50 PM

The castle looks cool!
Jay R.

Published: March 6, 2013 at 4:52 PM

The castle looks cool! Different from the other parks.

Published: March 7, 2013 at 12:45 AM

I really don't understand why Disney is building a second chinese resort when it's first one struggles to turn a profit? Now imagine the possibilities if all the other resorts got one of the 4 billion dollars to expand their resorts. Wow! I think that would've been better.
Aaron McMahon

Published: March 7, 2013 at 3:03 AM

"That big water feature screams "World of Color" to me"

Those fountains look more like King's Dominion fountains than World of Color. Looks exactly like the leaked park mark so the giant fountains should be in front of the castle for a Disney Dreams type of show.

Interesting how they're going to do a parade without a Main Street. Probably around the perimeter of Fantasy Gardens.

Published: March 8, 2013 at 1:55 AM

I'm excited to see how this turns out. It's nice to see Disney think outside the box for a magic kingdom theme park. First time in a long time since they did that. I've been hearing a lot of people say that this will be the largest Disney theme park ever in history. Is this true? If so, then I better start planning my trip to both tokyo and shanghi :)
Neil Trama

Published: March 8, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Robert: I'm pretty sure I see horses in the "carousel" looking building.

Amanda Jenkins

Published: March 9, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Thank you so much TH! That video looked amazing.
José María Sandoval

Published: March 10, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Great design! I can't wait to see how tomorrowland will be. Congratulations.

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