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Deadline.com covers Disney CEO Bob Iger's at Thursday's Fortune Global Forum in China in which he discusses the interaction between culture and economics and brands. It includes some interesting insights on Disney's plans for China and what they learned in Shanghai.
Imagineer Bon Weis has posted on his blog pictures of the start of construction on Shanghai Disneyland's castle. The Enchanted Storybook Castle, along with the rest of Shanghai Disneyland, is expected to open in 2015.
Earlier today at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders of The Walt Disney Company, chairman and chief executive officer Robert A. Iger unveiled the first image of a model of Shanghai Disney Resort, featuring the resort’s theme park, Shanghai Disneyland.
“With Shanghai Disneyland, we’re creating a one-of-a-kind destination that is authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese,” said Iger. “We believe this will be one of the most spectacular Disney experiences yet – and an important part of our future. We look forward to opening the gates at the end of 2015 and welcoming the first of the millions of guests who will enjoy Shanghai Disneyland for generations to come.”
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.
“We are incredibly excited about the developments and progress of the Disney resort in Shanghai, one of the world’s most vibrant cities,” said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “Shanghai Disney Resort will bring a classic Disney Parks experience to mainland China and will immerse Chinese guests in a whole new world of creativity, imagination and adventure that only Disney can deliver.”
Targeted to open at the end of 2015, Shanghai Disney Resort will be a world-class family vacation destination that combines classic Disney characters and storytelling with the uniqueness and beauty of China.
The Disney and More blog has posted plans for the complete Shanghai Disneyland Resort (the entire resort, not the park itself) taken from a Chinese language government website that posted them for Chinese citizens to review.
The Disney and More blog has a very interesting look at some of the new technologies revealed to be a part of Shangha Disneyland.
The Disney and More blog has obtained some early construction pictures of Shanghai Disneyland. Check them out!
The plans for Shanghai Disneyland's first two hotels were revealed recently with blue prints and quite a few details. The Disney and More blog has all the details.
Reuters writes DreamWorks Animation SKG will open a $3.1 Billion theme park by 2016 in a joint venture with Chinese partners.
Stefan Zwanzger has sent links to picture galleries he's created with aerial photos of Hong Kong Disneyland construction and Shanghai Disneyland construction (what little there is so far). Getting these pics was no easy feat - a very interesting read.
ScreamScape.com looks at a parent filed last year by Disney for an "Amusement Park Ride With Underwater-Controlled Boats" that may be for use in Shanghai Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean. Their description of what this ride system can do is very exciting.
ShanghaiDaily.com reports the developers of Shanghai Disneyland has secured a $2 billion syndicated loan with a number of Chinese banks for the projects first phase of construction.
ShanghaiDaily.com reports work on attractions at Shanghai Disneyland will begin in Spring. Prep work at the park started in April and the park is scheduled to open in 2015.
ShanghaiDaily.com has concept art and some additional info for Shanghai Disneyland's Storybook Castle.
ScreamScape.com has some news/rumors on what to expect in Shanghai Disneyland's Fantasyland.
The Blue Sky Disney blog updates Shanghai Disneyland and some of the surprises that are in store including what attractions won't be there and which ones will be, but in a different form.
The Blue Sky Disney blog attempts to answer this question. Is it because it's a carbon copy of Disneyland? Because they don't know what they're building? A combination of this and more? Click to find out!
The Walt Disney Company and Shanghai Shendi Group, its joint venture partners in China, marked the official start of construction of the new Shanghai Disney Resort at a groundbreaking ceremony. Slated to open in approximately 5 years, the Shanghai Disney Resort will be home to Shanghai Disneyland, a Magic Kingdom-style park that will blend classic Disney storytelling and characters with all-new attractions and experiences designed with authentic cultural touches just for the people of China. The first phase of the resort will include Shanghai Disneyland, two hotels, a large retail, dining and entertainment venue, recreational facilities, a lake and associated parking and transportation hubs. In Disney tradition, it will feature several themed lands complete with many exciting, iconic Disney attractions and experiences.
Click the More Information link below for three videos including groundbreaking highlights, an interview with Bob Iger and a flyover of the property. Also included are several photos from the event and concept art.
Disney officially broke ground on the Shanghai Disney Resort in a ceremony held in Shanghai on Friday. Below are a few pictures of concert art from the resort and a video of the actual groundbreaking uploaded by YouTube user "Distorian". Below that are links to LA Times coverage which includes several pictures from the ceremony and a link to the official Shanghai Disney website.
At the official site for Shanghai Disney Resort you can view a few concept images of the developing resort which is expected to feature a Disney theme park, two hotels, a large retail, dining and entertainment venue and an array of recreation facilities. The groundbreaking occurred April 8 and the Resort is expected to open in about five years.
The Official Disney Parks Blog is at the ground breaking for Shanghai Disneyland taking place right now (Friday in Shanghai). They preview their upcoming coverage of the event.
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