Recently Thomas Smith, Social Media Director on the Disney Parks Blog, released new information about Shanghai Disney Resort. This resort has been a long time coming. In fact we shared some Shanghai news with you last fall. But not too long ago in front of a Shanghai audience, Bob Iger unveiled a beautiful model of Disney’s sixth resort.
Shangai Disney is meant to be a blend of all that is Disney with an infusion of Chinese culture. Included in this beautiful and innovative destination will be two hotels, the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and the Toy Story Hotel. I don’t know about you, but I really think Walt Disney World needs a Toy Story Hotel. Who’s with me? There will also be a retail, dining, and entertainment district called Disneytown. Nearby will be a lake and beautiful gardens, appropriately called Wishing Star Park.
Shanghai Disneyland will have six themed lands, and by the looks of the model will be completely amazing. There will be Adventure Isle, where guests can fly around the world on “Soaring Over the Horizon, which is the updated version of Epcot’s Soarin. There will also be a rafting adventure where a mysterious creature lurks. The Gardens of Imagination will combine nature and imagination. Guests can soar on Dumbo the Flying Elephant and enjoy stage shows and a parade called “Mickey’s Storybook Express.” The third land, Mickey Avenue, is the main entryway and is devoted to Mickey and his friends and will have a large souvenir shop.
Tomorrowland will feature the future of technology and have a Buzz Lightyear space ranger adventure, a Jet Packs attraction, and a TRON ride where two-wheeled Lightcycles take guests on a thrilling adventure. Nearby Tomorrowland will be Star Wars and Marvel themed areas. This will not be your ordinary Tomorrowland.
Treasure Cove will be the first pirate-themed land in a Disney park, and I am extremely jealous! Pirates of the Caribbean- Battle for the Sunken Treasure combines robotics, animation, and multimedia. You can even dine at Barbossa’s Bounty. Hello, Bob, er, Mr. Iger- when is something like this coming to Disney World?
Fantasyland celebrates Disney’s animated films and will include the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan’s Flight. However, if you decide to head to Shanghai, don’t expect the same Peter Pan’s Flight you are used to as this will certainly be updated and make you feel like you are really flying over London.
In addition, and this is the part that makes me want to hop on a plane as soon as it opens, there will be the largest and tallest castle of all the Disney Parks, the Enchanted Storybook Castle. The castle is so massive that it will also be an entertainment venue and Voyage to the Crystal Grotto, a ride that begins in Fantasyland, will end beneath the castle in a secret chamber.
The planned opening is Spring 2016. Want to know more? Check out the official Shanghai Disney Resort website. But take heed, this resort looks extremely beautiful and updated and will leave you begging Walt Disney Imagineering to bring some of the magic home to Walt Disney World.