Shanghai Disneyland themed areas revealed

Posted Tuesday, July 14, 2015 10:27 PM | Contributed by Jeff

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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 of mainland China’s first Disney theme park – Shanghai Disneyland.

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Friday, July 17, 2015 8:15 AM
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Tekwardo said:

A very long, boring movie that made my eyes hurt.

Bite your tongue, philistine!! Sam Worthington alone was worth it!

Friday, July 17, 2015 12:24 PM

From this map, there does not appear to be a railroad.

Saturday, July 18, 2015 1:06 PM

No train and "adventureland/rivers of America equivilant" and Tomorrowland are on the "wrong" side of the hub. I believe that would be firsts for a castle park as well.

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Saturday, July 18, 2015 4:06 PM

The only change from what was revealed 18 months ago was that Toy Story Playland was replaced by the Star Wars and Marvel meet n greets. Now, if rides were bought for Toy Story Playland, will they instead show up in FL to be used in the Studios makeover?

Peter Pan Flight will use a different ride system than the other ones. That ride system was to be used in FL for a Monsters Inc. Door ride, but it was cancelled and it will now debut at Shanghai.

Tokyo Disneyland was built for capacity and to be a mix of Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom. That explains the huge plazas and wide paths and the train there only has one stop in Adventureland. It only goes around Adventureland, Westernland and parts of Critter Country with the tunnels from Disneyland at the end. The reason I heard for that is some laws in Japan would have made it public transportation if it would have multiple spots and that make sense given the Monorail status: it is listed in subway maps of Tokyo and they charge money to ride it. Have a look at the bottom right of this map for the Tokyo Resort Line:

Last edited by Absimilliard, Saturday, July 18, 2015 4:08 PM

Saturday, July 18, 2015 5:57 PM
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Please don't make me find the reference right now in my embarrassingly large collection of books by and about Imagnieers :-) but according to the guy whose name I can't think of at the moment, TDL was designed with "wide open spaces" in part to provide a contrast to how tightly packed urban and living spaces are in Tokyo.

Yes, under Japanese law, multiple stops on the TDL railroad would have meant it had to part of JR Group, which operates much of Japan's intercity and commuter rail lines.

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Monday, July 20, 2015 2:39 PM
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Absimilliard said:

Have a look at the bottom right of this map for the Tokyo Resort Line:

Wow. And I thought the NYC subway map was complex...

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Monday, July 20, 2015 6:13 PM
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First time I sallied forth to get around Tokyo by train I was rather ... alarmed by that map. Also suddenly in the mood for spaghetti :-)

(Actually, the first meal I ever ate in Tokyo was spaghetti at a lovely Italian restaurant near where I was staying.)

But all of the train systems are actually easy to navigate with plenty of clear, easy to understand signs

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Saturday, July 25, 2015 3:09 PM
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Bloomberg BusinessWeek ran this article on Shanghai Disneyland, which I found interesting.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015 9:46 PM
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Thanks for the link. I would LOVE to hear more details about how they're Chinese-ifying the Disney experience, especially the invisible ones like queue paths and ride/bench placement. FWIW, I had 0 problems with line cutting either time I was a HK Disney (which admittedly isn't in China proper).

I wonder if the unavailability of Fast Pass (only available on Space Mountain and Winnie-the-Pooh) had anything to do with either of these concerns.

Last edited by ApolloAndy, Saturday, July 25, 2015 9:46 PM

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Saturday, July 25, 2015 10:01 PM
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Sunday, July 26, 2015 11:13 AM
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That was funny! So glad Jay Leno isn't ruining late night anymore.

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