This week Disney announced more of the plans for the Shanghai Disney Resort that is slated to open in Spring of 2016. My family is SUPER excited for Shanghai Disneyland. I think more than most Disney enthusiasts. Why? Shanghai is the hometown of our youngest son. Both of our sons are adopted from China, and our youngest son was adopted from the Shanghai Children’s Welfare Institute. All that to say, Shanghai Disneyland will be a destination in our future. How far in the future? I don’t know, but we are paying attention closely to the Shanghai Disneyland announcements.
Because my words will never compare to these videos. Go ahead and watch. I won’t mind. I’ll be waiting to help you pick your jaw up off the floor.
There are a ton of great videos out there. It is worth the investment to go seek them out.
The Shanghai Disney Resort will have Shanghai Disneyland, 2 resort hotels, and a shopping and dining district.
Shanghai Disneyland will have 6 themed lands as well as the largest castle to entertain visitors. The park is also promoting that is will have the world’s longest parade route, as well as the most collectibles for purchase.
This is the first main entry to the park. Notice it is not called Main Street. It is described as a welcoming, whimsical avenue featuring neighborhoods to meet and greet with characters. Here is also where you will find the ‘Avenue M Arcade’ which is a shop that will feature the largest selection of gifts and collectibles.
Gardens of Imagination
Think of this as their hub right before the castle. Here you will find 7 gardens and can ride Dumbo the Flying Elephant and the Fantasia Carousel. Also, this is home to the ‘Ignite the Dream, a Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light’ and the world’s longest parade route with the Mickey’s Storybook Express parade.
An interesting feature of this land is ‘The Gardens of the Twelve Friends’. The Chinese zodiac plays an important role in Chinese life and here it is given a Disney facelift by assigning a Disney-Pixar character to each of the twelve signs.
- The Rat is Rémy from Ratatouille
- The Ox is Babe The Blue Ox from Paul Bunyan
- The Tiger is Tigger from Winnie The Pooh
- The Rabbit is Thumper from Bambie
- The Dragon is Mushu from Mulan
- The Snake is Kaa from The Jungle Book
- The Horse is Maximus from Tangled
- The Sheep is the lambs from Mary Poppins – The Jolly Holiday sequence
- The Monkey is Abu from Aladdin
- The Rooster is Allan-A-Dale from Robin Hood
- The Dog is Pluto
- The Pig is Hamm from Toy Story
Just in case you were wondering, my older son Evan is now the year of Pluto and my younger son Joel is from the year of the Hamm.
The Enchanted Storybook Castle towers over the park. Enclosed in the castle is an attraction known as the Voyage to the Crystal Grotto. The castle is not meant to represent one particular princess, but all of the beloved Disney princesses. Fantasyland will also include a new version of the popular Walt Disney World attraction, the Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train as well as old favorites in Peter Pan’s Flight and Winnie the Pooh.
The aesthetics of this land are now to our modern view of the future. The focal point of this land is going to be the innovative Tron Lightcycle Power Run coaster. The new Tron coaster allows guests to ride “Lightcycles” through a color-shifting canopy covered track. This area of the park will also feature a Buzz Lightyear attraction that is a jetpack simulator.
Pirates will feel right at home here in this first pirate’s themed land. The focused attraction is Pirates of the Caribbean : Battle for the Sunken Treasure. Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Davy Jones take guest on a pirate adventure. This area also features explorer canoes and dining at Barbossa’s Bounty.
The focal point of this land is Roaring Mountain. Here you will discover Roaring Rapids, a water raft ride where guests encounter a fearsome beast. This land is where you will find the new Soaring over the Horizon attraction. Think the U.S.’s Soarin’ except it is around the world. Here you can also find an acrobatic stage show based upon the movie Tarzan. The new production called Tarzan, Call of the Jungle will certainly have you on the edge of your seat.
Shanghai Disneyland Hotel is a 420-room hotel featuring a classic style similar reminiscent of the Grand Floridian in Walt Disney World but with distinctly Chinese accents.
The more moderately priced option is at the the Toy Story Hotel and has 800 rooms.
Located next to the park entrance is Disneytown, the shopping and dining district. This area is featuring the Walt Disney Grand Theater with will show the first Mandarin version of the musical, The Lion King.
The estimated costs for this complex are $5.5 billion.