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Shanghai Disneyland construction update

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Published: October 2, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Our colleague Stefan Zwanzger sent a link to a Shanghai Disneyland construction update photo gallery he just posted on thethemeparkguy.com.

Shanghai Disneyland construction
Photo courtesy Stefan Zwanzger

The 42-image gallery shows that demolition's nearly complete on the homes and businesses that once stood on the park's construction site. Construction cranes are up all over the place, and roadwork around the park is moving swiftly, even if almost nothing's gone vertical yet inside the park itself.

Here's a shot Stefan got of the resort's construction plans. In Chinese, of course. (Anyone able to translate? There's a higher-res version on Stefan's site.)

Shanghai Disneyland construction plans
Photo courtesy Stefan Zwanzger

At current the rate of construction, the project appears to be on pace for an early 2016 opening, as has been rumored. Here's our Shanghai Disneyland page, where we will be listing the park's attractions and restaurants for rating and review, as we approach the park's opening date.

Readers' Opinions

From KJ Simpson on October 2, 2013 at 3:00 PM
My daughter started taking Mandarin Chinese a few years ago, in middle school. I've always had it in the back of my head that maybe we could take a trip to this park when she graduates, and is a fluent speaker! (I think I've also put some international Cast Member ideas in her head...)
From Anon Mouse on October 2, 2013 at 3:01 PM
Stefan should translate. He is there!!! The high res photo wasn't much of an improvement. The characters were still blurry. I wouldn't bother translating a diagram that is probably outdated anyways. I would go to the official site and have Google do an auto-translate if you open with Chrome.
From Annette Forrest on October 2, 2013 at 3:30 PM
Theme Park Insider has really become my go-to place for the best news on what's happening with any Disney park. You guys do a really great job around here. I will never, ever go to China so I'm going to rely on you to give me the scoop on what's there.

I really wish they had built a boutique hotel inside the castle in Shanghai. Build the castle so that it could have like 50 or 100 hotel rooms in it. They could have charged any amount they wanted to sleep in there. But logistically I don't know how they would have pulled it off. They would have had to have had a secret tunnel or something leading to an exit so people staying in the hotel could come and go when the park was closed. But, just imagine being able to rent a room and sleep in the central castle in a Disney park.

That would be like the Cinderella Suite in Orlando, but it would actually be something you could rent instead of just hope to win some day.

I'm really excited to see what they do with the castle in Shanghai and if the rumored boat ride and meet-and-greet will be inside it...and if it will have a restaurant too. So great that they are making the park's icon a functioning attraction instead of the way it's only had limited use in the past.

So glad I found Theme Park Insider. I feel more informed about what's going on in Disney than ever before and Robert's articles especially are so well-written.

From 50.89.13.35 on October 2, 2013 at 5:03 PM
I spoke with a friend with WDI who went over to Shanghai. His assessment of the city was hilarious! "You can walk out of the hotel and stare at the sun" (the air pollution is so bad). The river's are "brown." And (hand to God he said this) "There is no wildlife." No birds. No stray cats or dogs. "Just a very nervous looking squirrel."

We laughed.

From Robert Niles on October 2, 2013 at 6:11 PM
Thank you for the kind words, Annette.

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