Shanghai Disneyland design revealed
While Shanghai is still loosening the soil for its very own Disneyland, its design details are already on the lips of every Mickey Mouse fan.
A model of the entire Shanghai Disney Resort (上海迪士尼度假区) was displayed at D23 Expo, a fan fair held by Disney last weekend in California, revealing a large number of planning details of the world’s smallest Disneyland.
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The model shows that Shanghai Disneyland will host a man-made lake half the size of the entire park. The lake, which will cover around 404,685 square meters, boasts an outline similar to that of the United States.
The monumental Disney castle is located across the lake from the main gate amid a forest.
A blueprint posted by the official Disney China Weibo account on August 20 shows that visitors will take a 10-minute boat trip to reach the castle, which is currently referred to as the Fantastic Fairytale Castle or Storybook Castle.
This was the second time the Shanghai Disneyland headlined local media this month.
Thomas O. Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, disclosed two drafts of the Shanghai Disney castle in Shanghai for Chinese fans on August 11.
Although no information has indicated how big exactly the castle will be, one thing is for sure: Shanghai will house the largest Disney castle in the world, with a winding staircase impressive enough to beat the one at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies.
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The Shanghai castle also boasts some other world firsts. It will be the first castle to be dedicated to all Disney princesses, instead of a specific one. It will also be the first one to host an in-castle Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique princess makeover experience.
A one-minute 3D stimulation of the Shanghai Disney castle has been released on YouTube.
Located in Shanghai’s Chuansha town, the Shanghai Disney Resort is the sixth Disneyland in the world, the third in Asia and the second in China, following the opening of Hong Kong Disney Resort in 2005.
The 1,160,000-square-meter resort will cost an estimated RMB 24.5 billion and is set to open its doors in 2015.