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Disney releases new image of Shanghai Disneyland Resort

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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.

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Readers' Opinions

From Neil Trama on 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!
From Robert Niles on March 6, 2013 at 3:02 PM
Ah, but is it a carousel... or a princess meet n' greet?
From Amanda Jenkins on 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.
From TH Creative on March 6, 2013 at 3:47 PM
For Ms. Jenkins

From Dominick D on March 6, 2013 at 3:54 PM
I have a feeling this park will be great.
From James Rao on March 6, 2013 at 4:28 PM
Looks beautiful...whatever it is! ;)
From on March 6, 2013 at 4:50 PM
The castle looks cool!
From Jay R. on March 6, 2013 at 4:52 PM
The castle looks cool! Different from the other parks.
From on 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.
From Aaron McMahon on 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.

From on 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 :)
From Neil Trama on March 8, 2013 at 10:52 AM
Robert: I'm pretty sure I see horses in the "carousel" looking building.

From Amanda Jenkins on March 9, 2013 at 4:03 PM
Thank you so much TH! That video looked amazing.
From José María Sandoval on March 10, 2013 at 9:03 AM
Great design! I can't wait to see how tomorrowland will be. Congratulations.

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