Monday, July 20, 2015

Shanghaî Disneyland Artworks, Park Model, Lands Description and High-Res Renderings !

There we go, Bob Iger did the awaited Shanghaî Disneyland announcement and Disney released more SDL artwork you could ever dream as well as a great video showing SDL Tomorrowland - or how it will look when the park will open next year. Let's start by the official statement, with new renderings and model pictures! As usual, click on each to see them in big size.

Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger today revealed details of the highly anticipated vacation destination during a presentation at Shanghai Expo Center, unveiling a scale model of the resort and displays that showcase key highlights of attractions, entertainment, dining and hotels.

Shanghai Disney Resort will be a world-class family entertainment destination that blends the magic of Disney and the cultural spirit and beauty of China. And during a special event that included Disney COO Tom Staggs and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek, Bob Iger shared a peek at what the Resort will look like with the unveiling of a spectacular scale model showcasing its two hotels, Disneytown – its international shopping, dining and entertainment district, Wishing Star Park’s beautiful gardens and six themed lands - Mickey Avenue, Gardens of Imagination, Fantasyland, Treasure Cove, Adventure Isle, and Tomorrowland - of mainland China’s first Disney theme park – Shanghai Disneyland.

“We are building something truly special here in Shanghai that not only showcases the best of Disney’s storytelling but also celebrates and incorporates China’s incredibly rich heritage to create a one-of-a-kind destination that will delight and entertain the people of China for generations to come,” said Iger speaking to media during today’s presentation at the Shanghai Expo Centre. “We are taking everything we’ve learned from our six decades of exceeding expectations – along with our relentless innovation and famous creativity to create a truly magical place that is both authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese.”

At Shanghai Disneyland, Disney stories will come to life at the tallest, largest and most interactive castle at any Disney theme park. The themed lands will offer something for everyone with live stage productions, world premieres and thrilling attractions ­­– many never seen before – that will appeal to guests of all generations. Guests also will be able to experience Disney characters in each land, including Mickey and his pals on Mickey Avenue and in Gardens of Imagination."

Here is the video of the Bob Iger presentation, with WDOI Imagineer and SDL show producer Bob Weis.

Let's have a look now land by land. Mickey Avenue is the first main entry at a Disney park inspired by the colorful personalities of Mickey Mouse and his pals. In the neighborhoods of this whimsical avenue, guests will share a hug and get a photo with some all-time favorite Disney characters. Avenue M Arcade, one of the many shops along the avenue, will feature the largest selection of gifts and collectibles inside the theme park.

Mickey Avenue is the hometown of imagination, a welcoming, whimsical neighborhood filled with lively shops and restaurants. Stepping into this cheerful land sets the tone for a visit to Shanghai Disneyland, where guests will leave their worlds behind and enter lands of adventure, fantasy and the future.

Located just inside the entrance to Shanghai Disneyland, Mickey Avenue is the first main entry at a Disney park that is home to Mickey Mouse and his pals, including Minnie Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto. Guests will have the chance to learn more about Disney characters and their stories before entering the other themed lands. For example guests will discover the Italian family tree of Donald Duck, displayed on a mural at Il Paperino – a gelato shop on Mickey Avenue where Donald is the host.

Guests will enjoy shopping and browsing in this bustling commercial center, filled with an extensive array of items created especially for the people of China. Avenue M Arcade will feature the largest selection of gifts and collectibles inside the theme park, with items exclusively designed for Shanghai Disney Resort. Guests will be able to choose a treasured keepsake to take home as a memory of their visit, or select gifts for friends and family.

Four neighborhoods will make up this colorful avenue, where guests may share a hug and get a photo with some all-time favorite Disney characters. Celebration Square is the friendly heart of the community. Park Place lies just beyond the square, near the Gardens of Imagination. The Market District is on the outskirts of the avenue, across from the Theatre District, an artsy neighborhood. Each neighborhood engages visitors with the optimism of Disney.

Here is a sampling of what guests will experience, with more details to come.

Avenue M Arcade

The biggest business in town and the largest shop in Shanghai Disneyland, Avenue M Arcade will offer guests a selection of apparel and accessories, gifts, home décor and jewelry. The Arcade’s specially designed façadehonors itsmostfamousresidents, who are representedasuniversalvirtuesonmosaic panels: Mickey Mouse (hospitality), Minnie Mousewith Figaro the cat (compassion), Goofy (optimism), Donald Duck (worldly), DaisyDuck (friendliness), Pluto and Fifi (generosity) and Chip & Dale(friendship). Even the checkout area is themed, as the First Bank of Scrooge McDuck.

Mickey & Pals Market Cafe   

Mickey & Pals Market Café, a counter-service restaurant, will offer localized Chinese and international menus plus views of the nearby gardens, Fantasia Carousel and Enchanted Storybook Castle. Guests will gather here with family and friends, choosing a table in one of four themed dining rooms: Mickey’s Galley, Tony’s (from Lady and the Tramp), Daisy’s Cafe and the Three Caballeros.  The Market Cafe, designed like an open-air market, will feature four exhibition kitchens and a mural celebrating the agricultural heritage of Mickey Avenue, with scenes of Mickey and his pals planting, harvesting and sharing happy times together.

Rémy's Patisserie

A French-inspired bakery based on characters from Ratatouille, Rémy’s Patisserie will offer a variety of breads, pastries and muffins, along with fresh desserts from the restaurant’s kitchen. Wooden shutters, flower boxes, sidewalk seating and French café-inspired graphics distinguish the exterior of the shop. The tiny scaffolds and ladders that line the wall are reminders that Rémy the rat, who loves to cook, is preparing something special in the kitchen.

Sweethearts Confectionery 

Sweethearts Confectionery represents the childhood home of Minnie Mouse. Created in a Queen Anne-style, the house is a candy store that celebrates Disney’s first couple, Mickey and Minnie. Inside the shop, guests will find murals and sweet scenes that tell the story of this couple’s courtship. Recurring design touches include flowers, hearts, bows and elements inspired by Minnie’s ubiquitous red-and-white polka dot dress. Guests will also find freshly handmade treats here, inspired by some of their favorite Disney characters.

“Firsts” at Shanghai Disney Resort:

• Unique main entry: For the first time in a Disney park, the main entry to Shanghai Disneyland will be the hometown of Mickey Mouse and his pals.

•First tribute to the original Mickey Mouse: The Steamboat “Mickey” fountain premieres at Shanghai Disneyland, in tribute to the 1928 animated film created by Walt Disney to introduce Mickey Mouse to the world.  The fountain is a modern spin on the film, using a more current version of Mickey than Walt’s original. The fountain is at the park entrance, leading into Mickey Avenue.

More pictures of Mickey Avenue model!

Yes, it's the Carthay Theater at the corner on the model picture below!

Gardens of Imagination celebrates the wonders of nature and the joy of imagination. Guests will take a spin on the Fantasia Carousel, soar on the back of Dumbo the Flying Elephant and enjoy the area's iconic Disney entertainment, including Castle stage shows and "Ignite the Dream, a Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light." From several places in this land, guests will enjoy "Mickey's Storybook Express," a parade with its own musical soundtrack and colorful performers on the longest parade route in a Disney park.

Created especially for Shanghai Disneyland, the Gardens of Imagination will celebrate the wonders of nature and the joy of imagination. Guests will leave everyday life behind to enjoy the seven whimsical gardens. They might take a spin on the Fantasia Carousel, soar on the back of Dumbo the Flying Elephant or explore the sights and sounds of Melody Garden.

Charming bridges and trails will form a crossroads to other lands in the park, making Gardens of Imagination the central gathering place to meet friends and family.  As guests stroll along the pathways, they may also meet Mickey Mouse and his pals. A terraced viewing area will provide an ideal spot to enjoy the Enchanted Storybook Castle stage shows and the nighttime spectacular.

This land will contain seven individual gardens with themes of family, friendship and fun: Garden of the Twelve Friends, Melody Garden, Romance Garden, Woodland Garden, Garden of the Magic Feather, Fantasia Garden, and Storybook Castle Garden. Each garden will be filled with engaging activities, floral and woodland displays, and playful photo opportunities.

At night, the mood in Gardens of Imagination will become dreamy, with music and a cascade of twinkling lights. It will be as if Tinker Bell and her Fairy friends are sprinkling enchanted pixie dust in every garden.

Here is a sampling of what guests will experience, with more details to come.

Mickey’s Storybook Express 

“Mickey’s Storybook Express,” a spectacular daytime parade, will transport fantasy, romance, music and merriment throughout several lands of Shanghai Disneyland. Traveling along the longest parade route in a Disney park, the parade will be led by a whimsical locomotive. A line of themed “train cars” will follow, each with its own exciting musical soundtrack and colorful cast of performers. Each train car will feature the characters, story and music of a favorite Disney film. With magical surprises, “Mickey’s Storybook Express” will bring the park to life with joyful energy.

Garden of the Twelve Friends

Garden of the Twelve Friends makes its global premiere at Shanghai Disneyland, starring Disney and DisneyžPixar characters in Chinese Zodiac style. This whimsical garden features 12 larger-than-life mosaic murals, each depicting a Disney or DisneyžPixar character representative of a Chinese zodiac animal symbol. A plaque explains the personality traits of each character. Guests will enjoy finding their own character and taking photos in front of the mosaic wall, created by Chinese artisans.

Storytellers Statue

At the entrance to this land, a tall bronze sculpture of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse will welcome all travelers to this happy place, Shanghai Disneyland. The statue is expected to be a popular photo location for guests, who may be inspired by Walt and Mickey’s spirit of friendship, and Walt’s dream of creating entertaining stories for all.

Fantasia Carousel

Fantasia Carousel was created especially for Shanghai Disneyland, with characters and symphonic music from the groundbreaking Disney film, Fantasia, including Mickey dressed as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Created by Chinese artists, this grand carousel will feature 62 magnificent, flying horses – Papa, Mama and Baby horses – and two chariots, painted in 72 optimistic colors. It is the first carousel in a Disney theme park to feature multi-colored horses, distinctly different from the traditional medieval-style horses at other Disney parks.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

A circus has come to the garden, bringing with it one of Disney’s most beloved characters—Dumbo, the baby elephant, known for his huge ears. With the help of a magic feather and his friend Timothy Mouse, Dumbo learns to fly – and guests will have the chance to soar along with him. Sixteen elephant vehicles will carry guests through the air, offering a magical sky-high view of Shanghai Disneyland. 

Wandering Moon Teahouse 

This timeless teahouse honors the restless, creative spirit of China’s wandering poets, as well as the diverse and beautiful landscapes that inspired them. The restaurant recreates authentic Chinese architecture, with symbols from the mountains, ocean, desert, forest and rivers. This will be the first time the story of “Wandering Moon” will be featured in a Disney park. Favorite Chinese dishes will be served at this quick-service location.

“Firsts” at Shanghai Disney Resort:

• First Garden land: The first land inside a Disney park designed as a garden, the Gardens of Imagination is tailored to the Chinese people’s love of gardens. It includes a novel, terraced area for viewing castle stage shows and the nighttime spectacular.

• Chinese Zodiac murals: For the fist time,Disney and DisneyžPixar characters will be depicted as representatives of a Chinese zodiac animal, in beautiful mosaic murals. Guests will get to learn more about these Disney characters and their stories, at Garden of the Twelve Friends.

• First Fantasia-inspired carousel: Guests will take a spin on Fantasia Carousel, the first carousel in a Disney park that features the music and mythical creatures from the classic Disney film, Fantasia.

Let's move to Adventure Isle, a place found only at Shanghai Disneyland, will immerse guests in a newly discovered lost world brimming with mystery and hidden treasure. Guests will easily find this land by the sight of the mighty Roaring Mountain, source of an ancient legend. The mountain’s sporadic rumbling is said to be the roar of a mysterious reptilian being who lives on the mountain, just waiting to be discovered.

At the base of Roaring Mountain, guests will be invited to prove themselves as true adventurers and blaze their own trails at Camp Discovery. They may choose to travel across time and space in Soaring Over the Horizon, or embark on the thrilling rafting adventure Roaring Rapids, straight through the heart of Adventure Isle.

The history of Adventure Isle combines lore and Disney imagination, beginning with the Arbori people, whose thriving civilization was founded on this island several thousand years ago. As the story goes, the island was discovered by a group of international explorers known as the League of Adventurers. Every corner of Adventure Isle offers guests of all ages the chance to unravel ancient mysteries, reconnect with a land lost in time and create cherished memories.

Here is a sampling of what guests will experience, with more details to come.

Roaring Rapids

Roaring Rapids will take guests on a white-knuckle adventure through the heart of Adventure Isle. Riding a raft propelled only by gravity and water, anything can happen as guests plunge down a mountain and into a dark cavern where the undiscovered secrets of an ancient tribal legend and the reptilian creature Q’aráq are revealed. Only those who venture into the mountain will encounter the massive, mysterious Q’aráq.

“Tarzan: Call of the Jungle” at Storyhouse Stage 

“Tarzan: Call of the Jungle” is an original production starring Tarzan and his friends, included as part of the entertainment at Shanghai DIsneyland. It’s a high-energy, musical retelling of the boy who was raised by apes to become King of the Jungle.  Featuring the iconic score from the animated Disney feature film, Tarzan, the stage show is a fusion of theatrics, Chinese acrobatics and a rock concert. It will be performed at Storyhouse Stage, a center of song, art, and dance.

Camp Discovery

Shanghai Disneyland is the first Disney park to offer Camp Discovery, a place where adventurers of all ages and abilities will gather to explore waterfalls, ruins and dig sites in search of ancient tribal relics. They may explore natural wonders and ancient legends, trek past waterfalls and discover tribal ruins in an elevated ropes course created specifically for this land. Guests will be able to choose their own expeditions at Camp Discovery, with some opting for the thrilling natural wonders of Roaring Mountain and others choosing to see the views and become immersed in science, nature, and history.

Soaring Over the Horizon

Anyone who has dreamed of seeing the world or soaring like a bird will enjoy the exhilarating experience at Soaring Over the Horizon, with an aerial tour of the globe never seen before. High above some of the world’s most iconic landmarks, Soaring over the Horizon will take travelers on a voyage of discovery that tours every continent. Starting from an ancient observatory nestled in the cloud forest, guests will soar and explore spectacular scenic wonders, with special segments for guests of Shanghai Disneyland overlooking Shanghai and The Great Wall of China.  An ideal attraction for the entire family, it offers an original story, a new walk-through experience and a new aerial tour.  The attraction is an epic re-mastering of the popular attraction at Disney California Adventure, in the United States.

Tribal Table 

The Tribal Table, a festive, art-filled restaurant, invites guests to come together for an appetizing meal in a sensory dining experience. Sights, sounds and smells will whet the appetite as guests enjoy the action of live cooking with fiery woks and rotisseries. This ancient gathering house in the Arbori village is the native heart and soul of the land, offering vivid flavors, a friendly atmosphere and beautiful artwork. The murals, artifacts and illustrations will dazzle visitors with scenes from a rich native culture.

“Firsts” at Shanghai Disney Resort

• First Adventure Isle at a Disney theme park: Created from the ground up with a fresh story and original characters, this new land was specially designed for Shanghai Disneyland. For the first time at a Disney park, guests will discover Roaring Mountain, encounter the mysterious being Q’aráq, and blaze their own trails at Camp Discovery with a series of challenges, adventures and expeditions for everyone in the family.

• Untold story of an ancient civilization: Guests at Shanghai Disneyland will be the first to enjoy the story of the ancient Arbori people, complete with the unique décor, original music and legends of this newly discovered tribe. Honoring the Arbori admiration for nature, the attractions will feature water, land and sky.

More pictures of Roaring Rapids and Adventure Isle models...

 One of the rafts...

...and Q'araq, the creature which will be the star of the ride.

Treasure Cove will be the first pirate-themed land in a Disney park, a place to join the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow and Davy Jones. As guests explore this pirate world, they will enter Pirates of the Caribbean – Battle for the Sunken Treasure, an attraction that transforms a boat ride into a journey with cutting-edge innovations in robotics, animation, set design and multimedia. Guests will board a pirate ship, paddle through the scenic cove on Explorer Canoes and dine at Barbossa's Bounty.

Here are the full details about Treasure Cove , Shanghaî Disneyland Pirates of Caribbean land:

Guests who venture into Treasure Cove will discover the first pirate-themed land at a Disney park. Created especially for Shanghai Disneyland, it’s home to a wild, colorful crew of scoundrels, always on the hunt for fun, action, adventure and danger. Rich in detail and storytelling, Treasure Cove is a raucous collision of color, sights and songs, blending cultures and countries with pirate frivolity, mayhem and personality.

The story of Treasure Cove dates back to the 17th century, when piracy was a thriving enterprise in the Caribbean. In Disney lore, this Age of Piracy featured a band of seafaring rogues who chased legendary treasures, fought monsters and battled each other, always with a humorous glint in their eyes.

Guests will be immersed in a pirate’s life as soon as they arrive at the entry, the first of five neighborhoods at Treasure Cove. From there, they will explore Shipwreck Shore, Fort Snobbish, Landlubber Landing and the Village, each with its own charm and personality.  The land features a mix of architectural styles, along with two giant ships, pirate-themed restaurants and a fun, water play area. Guests of all ages will enjoy the epic scenes in Pirates of the Caribbean – Battle for the Sunken Treasure, as well as the up-close action and acrobatics of the stunt show at El Teatro Fandango.

Here is a sampling of what guests will experience, with more details to come.

Pirates of the Caribbean – Battle for the Sunken Treasure

Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure is a spectacular indoor boat ride that will take guests on a rollicking adventure with Captain Jack Sparrow to steal the priceless treasure of Davy Jones. Seamlessly blending Disney storytelling and state-of-the-art technologies, the attraction features three large media domes, projected effects, lifelike animated figures, theatrical sets and sophisticated lighting to dramatically take guests on, over and even under the sea on a nautical adventure.  With a new, highly controlled ride system, the boats can spin, travel sideways, and even move backwards to create a highly personalized experience. Guests will encounter fearless pirates, mermaids and even a kraken. Disney's patented Audio-Animatronics and recent advancements in robotic technology will bring these pirates to a new level of realistic performance.

Explorer Canoes

Guests will experience a Caribbean island the way pirates first did – from the water – as they paddle real canoes through the waters of Treasure Cove. Along the way, they will enjoy the sights and sounds of the land. With the only propulsion coming from the guests and their paddles, the ride is quiet and stealthy, except when they must dodge attacks from onshore pirates shooting water cannons. Friendly and knowledgeable captains will lead each canoe and point out scenic highlights along the way.

“Eye of the Storm: Captain Jack’s Stunt Spectacular” at El Teatro Fandango

The elaborate and exciting stage production, “Eye of the Storm: Captain Jack’s Stunt Spectacular,” will make its global premiere at El Teatro Fandango. Starring Captain Jack Sparrow, “Eye of the Storm” brings fantastic stunts and swordfights, spectacular scenery, and stunning visual effects straight to the audience. Along with plenty of swashbuckling, the show presents light-hearted humor, a raging storm and a remarkable finale, as Jack fights off a Royal Admiral in a whirlwind adventure.

Shipwreck Shore

Shipwreck Shore is a water play area located onboard the remains of a shipwrecked French galleon and the surrounding beach. Children and Pirate “wannabes” will explore and play “make believe” in an interactive zone where they can spray, splash, squirt and even climb amid random bursts of water, sound effects and animated elements. Shaded seating areas provide a comfortable viewing area for adults and parents to spy on all the fun.

Barbossa's Bounty

One of the largest restaurants in all of Shanghai Disneyland, Barbossa’s Bounty is a celebration of the free-wheeling pirate life. A lively, aromatic, colorfully ramshackle “grog shop,” it reflects the personality of its owner and namesake, Captain Hector Barbossa. Featuring spicy barbecue from pirate chefs who love to show off their cooking skills in the demonstration kitchen, Barbossa’s Bounty also offers guests the opportunity to enjoy their meal in the themed dining room of their choice. Guests may also choose the extraordinary experience of dining inside the thrilling attraction,Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure.

“Firsts” at Shanghai Disney Resort:

• First Pirate-themed land at a Disney park: Treasure Cove brings the first pirate-themed land in a Disney park to Shanghai Disneyland. With authentic re-creations of a pirate world and state-of-the art attractions, Treasure Cove will present the raucous life of a pirate with drama, humor and extraordinary detail.

• New, highly controlled ride system: Along with the grand scale of storytelling in Pirates of the Caribbean – Battle for the Sunken Treasure, guests will enjoy the benefits of a sophisticated, highly controlled boat system, premiering in Shanghai. The boats are able to spin, move and react smartly to their position, triggering action and synchronized music as they travel through breathtaking scenes and lively battles.

• Debut for pirate stunt show:  “Eye of the Storm: Captain Jack’s Stunt Spectacular” will make its global premiere at Shanghai Disneyland. The elaborate, exciting stage production features sword fighting, stunning visual effects and a whirlwind finale.

All this looks incredibly exciting and seems to also confirm that WDI may use a new patent about a new boat system that was filed March 31, 2011 and about which i've previously talked on D&M in November 2012. Definitely jump HERE to read what i was saying about this patent which will allow the boats "to spin, travel sideways, and even move backwards to create a highly personalized experience" - see patent picture below. Note that all the system described in the patent may not be used at SDL POTC.

Fantasyland, inspired by Disney’s animated films, will be the largest of all the lands in Shanghai Disneyland and home to the majestic Enchanted Storybook Castle. The castle overlooks a storybook village and an enchanted forest, while exciting attractions immerse guests in beloved stories. Every corner of Fantasyland will offer a magical experience that embraces, involves, and engages the entire family.

In this fairy-tale paradise, guests will float through familiar Disney stories on Voyage to the Crystal Grotto, a fanciful excursion making its global premiere at Shanghai Disneyland.

This timeless land is for the young and young at heart, a place where fairy tales are born and live forever.

Guests will, hitch a ride on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ­– in and out of tunnels glowing with dazzling diamonds – and take flight over the skies of London on Peter Pan’s Flight. They may also explore the Hundred Acre Wood with Winnie the Pooh or follow Alice through a dazzling Wonderland maze.

Here is a sampling of what guests will experience, with more details to come.

Voyage to the Crystal Grotto

Voyage to the Crystal Grotto will be an enchanting excursion that travels the waters of Fantasyland. Fanciful fountains and sculptures line the water’s edge, celebrating classic tales of magic and imagination. At journey’s end, guests will glide beneath Enchanted Storybook Castle, into a secret, underground chamber in which fountains of light will leap and dance in shimmering pools, surrounding guests with magic, music and color.  The experience is sure to inspire the dreams and imaginations of all who make this wondrous voyage.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Inspired by Disney’s classic animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, this family-friendly coaster will take guests into a fabulous mine glittering with jewels, where the Seven Dwarfs sing happily as they work. Guests ride in a train of mine cars that winds through rolling hills, with views of pools and waterfalls as they leave the mine and dash on toward the cottage of the Seven Dwarfs. Each mine car is mounted in a cradle-like pivot that allows it to swing back and forth as the track turns. Guests will enjoy music from the classic Disney film, along with a cast of animated figures and helpful forest animals.

Hunny Pot Spin

In the Hundred Acre Wood, Hunny Pot Spin is a delightful family attraction where guests ride inside whirling honey pots – in honor of Winnie the Pooh’s favorite food. “Hunny” is the way Pooh labels his ceramic jars filled with honey. Beneath a canopy strung with honey-dripping hives, friendly bees hum the Winnie the Pooh song to accompany the twirling guests. How fast each honey pot spins is determined by the guests, who will add speed by turning a wheel in the center of the honey pot. The honey pots, labeled in English and Chinese, are painted in loving detail, and each pot appears to be dripping with honey that oozes down the side.

Alice in Wonderland Maze

Designed especially for Shanghai Disneyland, this maze is the first attraction at a Disney park themed to Tim Burton’s live-action film Alice in Wonderland. In the experience, guests will choose their own path as they wind through the delightfully whimsical world of Wonderland on their way to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Along the way, they may encounter the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit and sculptures of characters, including the tyrannical Red Queen. In a maze of sculpted hedges, stone garden walls, giant flowers, and whimsical sculptures, there’s fun at every turn in this delightful family adventure.

Peter Pan's Flight 

Aboard a “flying” ship in Peter Pan’s Flight, guests will sail through the skies over London and off to Never Land. There, Peter Pan will lead guests through a series of remarkable adventures to confront the villainous Captain Hook and his pirate crew. With an exciting, new ride system, guests will soar as never before into this action-packed story of the boy who encourages imaginations to fly. In this classic attraction, updated for Shanghai Disneyland, new Disney magic brings the ships closer to the action and face to face with the characters, as they are engulfed in Pixie Dust.

“Frozen: A Sing-Along Celebration” 

Audiences atEvergreen Playhousewill join their Frozen friends and the villagers of Arendelle for a fun and frosty interactive showcase, packed with a flurry of stories, songs and sing-alongs.Two amusing and engaging Festival Guides will host the celebration and introduce each magical musical number. Well-known characters Elsa, Anna and Kristoff will join the fun and guests of all ages will be encouraged to sing along with a few favorite Frozen tunes

Tangled Tree Tavern 

Located in the Fantasyland forest, Tangled Tree Tavern is inspired by the Snuggly Duckling, the pub featured in Disney’s animated film Tangled, the tale of Rapunzel. Warped by time and the roots of the large tree nearby, Tangled Tree Tavern is full of rich details and an atmosphere befitting the boisterous ruffians and thugs in the film. Guests will enjoy a hearty meal in this lush woodland environment.

“Firsts” at Shanghai Disney Resort:

• Maiden voyage: Voyage to the Crystal Grotto, an enchanting new excursion, is the first attraction to take guests underneath a Disney castle.  Traveling beneath the Enchanted Storybook Castle, guests will discoveran original story and a magical world.

• Inverted-coaster ride system:  The flying sensation in Peter Pan’s Flight will be enhanced by a newly developed inverted-coaster ride system, debuting at a Disney park for this attraction. With new magic, the ride vehicles swoop closer to the action with varying speeds, enabling guests to become more immersed in the story as they fly in and out of each scene.

At night, the sky above Enchanted Storybook Castle will be painted in dazzling light, with music, special effects and fireworks, adding a special "kiss good night" for all the guests at Shanghai Disney Resort.

A great video time-lapse showing the construction of SDL Castle, and more...

The new Tomorrowland, created especially for Shanghai Disneyland,will be a venue of limitless possibilities. With imaginative design, cutting–edge materials and programmable spaces, it blends the best of mankind, nature and technology. Tomorrowland celebrates the hope, optimism and potential of the future – themes from the original Disneyland – now for a whole new culture and the next generations.

Disney’s innovative use of technology has produced a fresh land where guests will go to infinity and beyond on Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue, a new target-shooting adventure; break the bonds of gravity on Jet Packs; and step into the worlds of the Star Wars galaxy and Marvel universe. With the world premiere of TRON Lightcycle Power Run, guests will board two-wheeled Lightcycles for one of the most thrilling adventures at any Disney park. It’s a coaster-style attraction with high-speeds, an indoor-outdoor track and rich storytelling.

Guests of all ages, especially teens and young adults, will enjoy the atmosphere in Tomorrowland. On the lower level, a creative stage serves as a play space for bands, DJs, artists and dancers. A winding ramp to the upper concourse will take guests to Tron Plaza and the Stargazer Grill restaurant, which has spectacular views of Shanghai Disney Resort as well as the stage below.

The land’s aerodynamic design, technological edge and bright promise of tomorrow make it attractive for guests seeking new worlds of adventure.  They will learn that Shanghai was chosen by Sam Flynn as a location for the permanent portal between Earth and his computer world of TRON; that the United Galactic Federation selected Tomorrowland as the ideal location for their Stitch Monitoring Station; and that Buzz Lightyear chose Tomorrowland as his Earth-bound Star Command station for the recruitment and mounting of planet-saving missions.

Here is a sampling of what guests will experience, with more details to come and DON'T MISS too my full TRON ride article detailing each scene of the ride HERE.

TRON Lightcycle Power Run

With the world premiere of TRON Lightcycle Power Run, the future world comes to Tomorrowland, through the inspiring story of the Disney film TRON: Legacy.  Riding atop individual, two-wheeled Lightcycles, guests will be launched across a canopied section of track – the Upload Conduit – before diving high-speed into a mysterious game world of lights, projection and sound effects. Guests waiting to board will have fun imagining the future world as they listen to the evocative soundtrack and watch the Lightcycle trains twist and turn all around them, all under a color-shifting canopy. Even at a distance, guests will marvel at the massive, undulating canopy. Covered in a translucent material, it reveals the pulsing glow of Lightcycle trains as they zip through the attraction.  The entire canopy is edged in a dramatic, blue-green ribbon that changes color as it rolls across, over and around the Tron Plaza, like the tail of a dragon.

I did screen captures from the video and there is also an additional rendering below.

This is how will look the Tron coaster vehicle.

Another video preview of the TRON ride and vehicles. Watch how works the mechanism to hold you in place on the TRON Lightcycle by coming on your back.

Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue

Guests will join a mission to help save the day on Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue, an interactive adventure inspired by the DisneyžPixar Toy Story films. The immersive, new storyline combined with a new, interactive targeting system will make this one of the most engaging attractions at a Disney park.  The attraction features cosmic visuals, animated targets, LED screens and real-time feedback from the targeting system. As the story goes, the Evil Emperor Zurg is threatening to destroy the home planet of the Aliens. Buzz Lightyear calls out for more Space Rangers and park guests become his newest Star Command recruits, boarding their own spaceships and shooting on-board blasters with individualized colors. For every target hit, guests rise higher in the ranks of Buzz Lightyear’s elite squadron.

Let's zoom on the left part...

Jet Packs

On Jet Packs, guests will become sky pilots, taking off on transportation of the future. Strapped into individual Jet Packs and with legs dangling, pilots will enjoy the thrill and wonder of flying. At the center of the attraction, the energy sphere will spin faster and faster as the ride progresses. Guests will be able to control how high their Jet Pack goes and, the higher they go, the more the vehicles will pitch forward. From their sky-high vantage point, pilots will have a breathtaking view of Tomorrowland and the rest of Shanghai Disneyland.

Stitch Encounter

With new humor and content for the Shanghai Disney Resort audience, Stitch – known as “Experiment 626” – engages in unrehearsed conversations, plays games, makes jokes and takes guests for a spin around the galaxy in “Stitch Encounter.” This real-time, interactive, live animated show will take place in one of two intimate theaters in Tomorrowland. It stars Stitch, the mischievous, animated alien from the Walt Disney Pictures animated film, Lilo & Stitch.

Star Wars Launch Bay

In this celebration of the Star Wars Galaxy, guests will meet heroes and villains of the saga, visit iconic intergalactic set-pieces, view props and memorabilia from the most recent Episode, and be immersed in the Skywalker story through a state-of-the-art cinematic experience.

Marvel Universe

Near the entry to Tomorrowland, guests will have an exciting opportunity to encounter some of the popular Marvel heroes and their super-powered tech. Guests will attend a multimedia mission briefing on the thrilling world of Marvel, get up-close with some of their favorite Marvel heroes and learn to draw some of the characters, just like a real comic book artist.

Stargazer Grill 

From the upper concourse of Tomorrowland, Stargazer Grill will offer some of the most spectacular views in Shanghai Disneyland. From the outdoor deck, guests will be able to see the Enchanted Storybook Castle and beyond as they enjoy Chinese and Western food, including a variety of burgers. The largest restaurant in the theme park, Stargazer Grill will celebrate the architectural forms of Tomorrowland with a rippled sculptural design and a mix of futuristic comfortable seating positions. Natural light, sleek technology and the gracefully curved ceiling will create an understated sophistication, while glass orbs of light twinkle from the ceiling like stars in the sky.

“Firsts” at Shanghai Disney Resort Tomorrowland:

• First TRON Lightcyle Power Run attraction and innovative canopy:  TRON Lightcycle Power Run makes its global premiere at Shanghai Disneyland. For the first time at a Disney park, guests will board Lightcycles, two-wheeled vehicles that take them inside and out on a coaster-like attraction with high speeds and rich storytelling.  The attraction’s canopy is made of a lightweight, reflective material with special color-shifting edges, enhancing the guest experience.

• New target system and Space Cruisers:  On Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue, guests will engagean innovative target system with real-time feedback and more than 100 targets, the most in any Buzz Lightyear attraction worldwide. The attraction also premieres a story line created for Shanghai Disneyland, with Buzz as a Space Ranger who recruits guests to board new vehicles – Space Cruisers – to help him fight the Evil Emperor Zurg.

Shanghaî Disneyland is a Disney Park filled with "firsts":

At the center of Shanghai Disneyland, the iconic Enchanted Storybook Castle will be the tallest, largest and most interactive castle at any Disney theme park. It's also the first castle in a Disney theme park that represents all the Disney princesses. Other "firsts" at Shanghai Disneyland will include:

Adventure Isle, a mysterious land, with an ancient legend about a native tribe, a giant, reptilian creature, and the mighty Roaring Mountain.

Voyage to the Crystal Grotto, an enchanting, new excursion that celebrates classic Disney tales of magic and imagination as it travels the waters of Fantasyland, going underneath Enchanted Story Book Castle for a finale never before seen inside a castle.

Tomorrowland, a venue with an original design and new attractions to celebrate the hope, optimism and potential of the future, created especially for the people of China.

TRON Lightcycle Power Run, which promises to be one of the most thrilling attractions at a Disney park, with a twisting, turning track, high speeds, rich storytelling and a breathtaking view of Shanghai Disneyland.

Garden of the Twelve Friends, where animals of the Chinese zodiac are re-imagined as Disney and Disney•Pixar characters.

Treasure Cove, the first pirate-themed land at a Disney park, leveraging innovative technologies in the new Pirates of the Caribbean – Battle for the Sunken Treasure and a stunt show spectacular featuring Captain Jack Sparrow.

Shanghaî Disneyland shows have also been revealed!

Live Stage Shows, Spectaculars and Character Programs Will Make Shanghai Disney Resort Entertaining For the Entire Family 

Guests Will Encounter Music, Dance, a Parade and More, from Day into Night

Disney’s world-class entertainment will bring a distinctive dimension to Shanghai Disney Resort, with a variety of live performances, character programs, a parade, a nighttime spectacular, a Broadway musical and more. Along with all the exciting attractions in Shanghai Disneyland, entertainment throughout the park will be included as part of the experience. Lively and talented performers – from Chinese acrobats to dancers and DJs – will make the entertainment one more reason to visit Shanghai Disney Resort for multiple days.

At Shanghai Disneyland, guests will find the extensive list of entertainment offerings each day at the park entrance. Highlights of what guests can expect include:

Spectacular Stage Shows

“Eye of the Storm: Captain Jack’s Stunt Spectacular” at Treasure Cove: At El Teatro Fandango, the theatre audience will be enthralled as Captain Jack Sparrow and his band of wily pirates romp through the theatre in search of a misplaced treasure chest. As Captain Jack is confronted first by the beautiful redheaded star and then the Royal Admiral and his men, the swashbuckling action takes off with swordfights, fantastic stunts and a raging storm. Making its global premiere at Shanghai Disneyland, the show presents pirate humor and a remarkable finale as Captain Jack fights off the Admiral in a whirlwind adventure.

“Tarzan: Call of the Jungle” at Adventure Isle: At the Storyhouse Stage, “Tarzan: Call of the Jungle” will present a powerful theatrical re-telling of the classic Edgar Rice Burrough’s story about a boy who is raised by apes and finally becomes the King of the Jungle. This musical will feature the iconic score, by Phil Collins, from the animated Disney feature film Tarzan, as it fuses immersive theatricality and Chinese acrobatics with an imaginative spirit.

Enchanted Storybook Castle daytime stage show:

Enchanted Storybook Castle is the heart of Shanghai Disneyland, a happy home for dreams of romance, joy, adventure, and happily ever after. A daytime show on the castle stage will present spectacular moments from the stories of each of these Disney princesses — Snow White, Anna and Elsa, Jasmine, Ariel and Merida. This spectacular performance will celebrate the magic of Disney through its classic characters and songs, conveying the heartfelt belief that dreams really do come true.

“Frozen: A Sing-Along Celebration” at Fantasyland: Audiences at Evergreen Playhouse will join their Frozen friends and the villagers of Arendelle for a fun and frosty interactive showcase, packed with a flurry of stories, songs and sing-alongs.Two Arendellian Festival Guides will host the festivities and introduce each magical musical number. Well-known characters Elsa, Anna and Kristoff will join the fun and guests of all ages will be encouraged to sing along with a few favorite Frozen tunes.

Entertainment From Day To Night

“Ignite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light” – The Enchanted Storybook Castle will become the star of the nighttime spectacular as it inspires everyone to unlock and ignite their dreams. Mickey Mouse will be the guide for the show. As he discovers portals to new adventures inside the castle, worlds of wonder will come to life with stunning projections, lasers, fountains, inflatables and pyrotechnic effects. When “painted” on, around and above the largest Disney castle in the world, the effects will transform the castle into an amazing new world, a mesmerizingexperience that will inspire imagination and awaken the dreamer inside of everyone.

“Mickey’s Storybook Express” daytime parade: An imaginative parade, “Mickey’s Storybook Express” will transport fantasy, romance, music and merriment throughout Shanghai Disneyland each day. Traveling along the longest parade route in a Disney park, the parade will be led by a whimsical locomotive. A line of themed “train cars” will follow, each with its own exciting musical soundtrack and colorful cast of performers. Each train car will feature the characters, story and music of a favorite Disney film. With magical surprises and joyful energy, “Mickey’s Storybook Express” will create memorable experiences for guests of all ages.

Shanghai Disneyland Band: Playing along Mickey Avenue, the zany musicians of the Shanghai Disneyland Band will bring a fun and silly underscore to Mickey’s happy neighborhood. The band will perform with traditional marching band instruments and also deliver an array of surprising sounds with merrymakers such as whistles, kazoos and Chinese instruments.

Disney’s THE LION KING: The Disney landmark musical event THE LION KING will come to Disneytown for its global premiere in Mandarin. Since its Broadway premiere in 1997, 22 global productions have been seen by more than 80 million people, earning more than 70 major arts awards, including the Tony Award® for Best Musical. THE LION KING will be performed at the 1,200-seat Walt Disney Grand Theatre, which is outside the gates of Shanghai Disneyland. It requires a separate ticket.

Encounter Disney Characters, Pirates, Princesses and More

In addition to the ongoing shows guests will enjoy throughout their visits, they also will have many opportunities to meet Disney characters and enjoy the street performers at Shanghai Disneyland.

Tomorrowland will present Star Wars Launch Bay and Marvel Universe, exciting, interactive experiences created especially for Shanghai Disneyland. In a celebration of the Star Wars Galaxy, guests will meet heroes and villains of the saga, visit iconic intergalactic set-pieces, view props and memorabilia from the most recent episode, and be immersed in the Skywalker story through a state-of-the-art cinematic experience.  In Marvel Universe, near the entry to Tomorrowland, guests will attend a multimedia mission briefing on the thrilling world of Marvel, meet some popular Marvel heroes and learn to draw some of their favorite characters.

At Gardens of Imagination, families and friends may join Donald Duck and Chip ’n’ Dale to practice balance and harmony in the fun-filled Tai Chi with Character, an interactive character experience in Melody Garden.

At Adventure Isle, guests will hear the enticing tribal rhythms of fantasy and nature streaming from Stone of the Sun & Moon,where the native Arbori musicians play some unexpected instruments. They may also meet characters from The Lion King and The Jungle Book, who gather at the tribal lodge’s Happy Circle to create memories exclusive to this land.

At Treasure Cove, the frivolity, mayhem and personality of pirates come to life in a hilarious game, A Pirate’s Life for You! Guests will compete to become a pirate captain’s “First Mate.” They may also take photos and share pirate secrets with Captain Jack Sparrow.

In Storybook Court at the Enchanted Storybook Castle, Disney princesses will pose for photos and hold court with guests. In the Royal Banquet Hall, where everyone is treated like royalty, guests may make a reservation to enjoy a plated meal and engage in in tableside interactions with Disney characters.

In Fantasyland, guests will be able to hug Winnie the Pooh and watch out for the villainous Captain Hook, or they may enjoy music and stories of love and friendship. The Traveling Troubadours is a family of traveling musicians who will blend Western and Eastern instruments to present Disney music with lots of interaction and special moments. Another troupe of players will tell the beloved story of Beauty and the Beast with puppetry, humor and songs for Bai Ling Storytime. And once a day in Fantasy Festival, guests will be invited to approach the day with wonder and joy in a special dance with Disney characters.

Unique Hotels, an Entertainment District and a Nature Park at Resort Opening

The Shanghai Disneyland Hotel is an elegant Art Nouveau-inspired resort with a touch of Disney magic and imagination...

...while the Toy Story Hotel immerses guests in a world inspired by the toys from the Disney•Pixar series of Toy Story animated films.

Disneytown is a shopping, dining and entertainment district with the allure of a charming village and the excitement of an international crossroads. Guests will come here to reconnect with family and friends, or they may want to explore the new experiences that await them around every corner. 

Conveniently located adjacent to Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown is a natural extension of the Disney experience for theme park guests. Some of the restaurants will even have unique views into the theme park. It’s also an attractive destination for residents of Shanghai and nearby areas, who may visit to explore the more than 46,000 square meters of distinctive dining and unique shops. There will be no charge for admission to this area.

At opening, Disneytown will feature nearly 50 tenants including the first World of Disney store in Asia and a diverse mix of retailers – premium, affordable luxury and fast fashion options – plus exciting restaurants for families and convention guests alike.

The tenants will include well-known local and international brands including renowned restaurants Shanghai Min, Crystal Jade, and The Cheesecake Factory operated by Hong Kong Maxim’s Group, as well as various retail options including stores under I.T group, i.t and BAPE STORE®, and a LEGO brand store. Other exciting high-profile brands including Food Republic, Coconut Paradise, The Dining Room, Hatsune, blue frog, Xin Wang Restaurant, BreadTalk, Toast Box, and Chow Tai Fook will also be the first of several dozen tenants to offer world-class shopping and dining options.

Disneytown also will feature Disney’s theatrical production of THE LION KING, presented for the first time worldwide in Mandarin, at the 1,200-seat Walt Disney Grand Theatre. This show requires a separate ticket.

Here is a sampling of what guests will experience, with more details to come.


The heart of Disneytown is Marketplace, a district filled with specialty merchandise shops. Guests will find places here to relax and enjoy musicians and entertainment. On weekends and holidays, Marketplace will become a place to celebrate with the whole family, as it will offer nightly entertainment with a touch of Disney magic. Marketplace includes three world-class Disney shopping experiences: World of Disney Store, Marketplace specialty shops and Spoonful of Sugar confectionery.

World of Disney Store: Located in a nostalgic railroad roundhouse – symbolic of travel and exploration – the 3,000-square-meter World of Disney Store at Shanghai Disney Resort will offer an extensive array of unique Disney apparel, toys, stationery, collectibles, and gifts, including exclusive items found only at Shanghai Disney Resort.  The World of Disney Store is where the best of Disney comes together, from classic characters to the next generation of stories and styles.

World of Disney will be one of the most technologically advanced Disney retail experiences in the world, including an iconic, eight-foot projected globe suspended from the ceiling, and an interactive Magic Mirror. The globe will feature Disney’s greatest film moments, to inspire shoppers about the magic of storytelling around the world. Video walls and digital screens will be available throughout the store.

In the marketplace specialty shops adjacent to World of Disney, Dstreet will offer urban trends along with Dtech, the rapid printing technology that allows guests to create personalized electronic accessories on demand, with artwork of their choice. Also, located in the marketplace will beTrenD, a stylish boutique for “fashionistas” in search of clothes with a Disney character.  The trendy apparel is set within an eclectic environment with a city vibe.

Spoonful of Sugar: An innovative confectionery boutique for special gifts, this nostalgic candy shop reflects the optimistic lyrics of a song from Mary Poppins.  Guests will be welcome to visit the confectionery show kitchen to watch delicious treats being made from the finest ingredients. The tasty treats can be packaged, too, making them a special gift.


Inspired by Shanghai’s nautical past, while reflecting today’s resort lifestyles, the Lakeshore features a refreshing blue, white and golden yellow color scheme. Guests will enjoy the highest quality waterfront dining and shopping experiences, along with stunning lake and sunset views. At the water’s edge will be a picturesque collection of restaurants and shops inspired by current lifestyle trends. In an expansive restaurant on the second floor, guests may enjoy excellent seafood. Lakeshore’s natural beauty will make it an ideal location for romantic moments and anniversaries, and a picturesque setting for weddings.

Spice Alley

This district will have a distinct personality — eclectic and exotic.  Its narrow cobblestone streets and small courtyards will remind guests of a bygone era, and the international array of foods will reflect the story of many different cultures and people coming together.  A variety of Asian cuisine is part of the mix. The open kitchens and al fresco dining areas will provide a sense of warmth and welcome, encouraging conversation and camaraderie.  Spice Alleyis a great place to meet for lunch or after work, and the evening strikes a more romantic mood, with twinkling lights and music.

Broadway Boulevard

This upscale street evokes the aura of international shopping boulevards. Here, guests will find an exciting array of elegant shops offering designer goods ­­­– many of them co-branded with distinctive Disney designs. The area will also feature trendsetting galleries, with unique imported collectables presented in a sophisticated setting. The “Boulevard” definitely will be the place to shop for the finer things in life.

Broadway Plaza

Broadway Plaza will be a glamorous and exciting theatre district along Broadway Boulevard, with the Walt Disney Grand Theatre as its focal point. After enjoying a theatre show, guests may dine at nearby world-class restaurants, enjoying an elegant meal with spectacular views of the resort. The restaurants are also ideal choices for romantic candlelit dinners or anniversary celebrations.

Walt Disney Grand Theatre 

The Walt Disney Grand Theatre, a new, world-class, Broadway-style theatre will be located at Broadway Plaza in Disneytown. Beginning in 2016, the theatre will host the global premiere of the Mandarin version of Disney’s landmark musical event, THE LION KING. Currently in its 18th year, THE LION KING remains the highest-grossing Broadway show ever. The theatre, with its separately ticketed shows, will become an icon for Disneytown, introducing a world-class theatre experience to Shanghai and offering guests the opportunity to enrich their resort experience. Guests will walk to the theatre along a floral-inspired paving pattern that comes to life at night with sparkling lights.

“Firsts” at Shanghai Disney Resort: 

• First World of Disney Store in Asia: Disneytown will be home to the first World of Disney Store in Asia, offering a large collection of Disney merchandise, including many products selected especially for Shanghai Disney Resort. (In May, 2015, in Shanghai, The Walt Disney Company opened The Disney Store, part of a line of stores that is separate from the World of Disney Store.)

• THE LION KING in Mandarin: The Walt Disney Grand Theatre, an impressive new entertainment venue, will present THE LION KING, making its global premiere in Mandarin.

• Unique Mickey Mouse sculptures in Liuli glass: Seven unique Mickey Mouse figures will be sculpted for the first time in Liuli glass, created especially for Disneytown, and created by Chinese artists, they will range in height from 1m to 1.2m. The colors will represent the five Chinese elements (gold, wood, water, fire, and earth), as well as the dragon and phoenix, which represent harmony in Chinese culture.

Disneytown is home to the Walt Disney Grand Theatre, the separate-ticket venue for the global premiere in Mandarin of Disney's theatrical event, THE LION KING, one of the most successful Broadway productions in history. Another "must-see" for guests will be the innovative World of Disney Store, offering a comprehensive collection of Disney merchandise, including many products designed especially for Shanghai Disney Resort.

Near Disneytown will be Wishing Star Park, offering guests an opportunity to enjoy greenery and a glittering lake. With approximately 40 hectares, it includes Wishing Star Lake, a 2.5-kilometer walking path and various beautiful gardens.

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