June 27, 2014

Grand Plan for Shanghai Disney Resort

Shanghai International Tourism And Resorts Zone recently updated their official website. It not only looks better, but also has a lot more information about the resort.

The following is a grand plan for Shanghai Disney Resort from 2011 to 2030. The resort's future seems to be very well planned already.


The plan gives us an idea about how the resort will develop through the years. Here I would like to elaborate on each of the three phases.

Phase 1 - Infrastructure (2011-2015)
As you can tell from the time period, this phase is basically the construction of the theme park, the two hotels, "Downtown Disney" (it might not be named this way) and other basic functions.

Phase 2 - Combining Functions (2016-2020)
I am not sure if I understand it correctly. In the Chinese text, it says "Continue to develop the theme park", which, I assume, means expansion, and "Finish constructing the facilities", which, I assume, means other facilities around the resort.

Phase 3 - Improving the Resort (2021-2030)
In this phase, they will try to improve the integration of the resort and other nearby facilities, perhaps those that are marked dark yellow in the picture below.





So this is what the resort has planned for the future.
There is no mention of the second (or third) park though, but I guess it is a bit early to reveal that.

Stay tuned for more information about Shanghai Disney Resort!

27 comments:

  1. WOW! It is very impressive and large! I read that the entire area is close to 24.7 square kilometers.

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  2. It is very impressive and looks like there will be a lot of new things too. A new Castle, Mickey Avenue, Tron Coaster, Gardens of Imagination, an entire land based on Pirates of the Carribean, and new hotels too. So many unique attractions and places, yet it features the fun Disney characters and art. There is still a lot of room to build more too. They could add one or two more theme parks or water parks too. I wonder what they will come up with next?

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  3. 2020 is not that far away. To completely construct the resort area by 2020 is significant and an accelerated timeline. Do you think they will add another theme park or simply expand Shanghai Disneyland Park with more lands, and thus more attractions? One writer online speculated they would add an Animal Kingdom style park adjacent to the Magic Kingdom style park or possibly an EPCOT style park. I would think an Animal Kingdom style park is more probable because Shanghai is so international already. They recently hosted a World's Fair too, so an EPCOT style park would seem a bit redundant. Then again, it might be a good fit with the international flair in Shanghai. I would think they will do something unique and fun for mainland China. With Disney's recent acquisition of Marvel Comics and Lucasfilm they have many, many different themes to create attractions. They also have many, many famous and successful Disney themes and attractions to build upon too. They could partner with Chinese media companies too. I'm sure they are already working on it. I would think, with so many potential visitors with in a 300 mile radius of the park, the big issue will be to get them to stay exclusively at the SDL, and for longer periods of time, once the resort opens. I'm sure it will be a very special place for children, adults, and families to visit. It looks like they are on their way.....

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    1. I believe that at least until 2020, they will expand Shanghai DIsneyland Park first. It does not seem very rational to build a second park when the first one is still quite new and drawing new visitors.

      I do remember that Bob Iger said Marvel attractions are coming to parks in Hong Kong and Shanghai, so one of the expansions might be themed to super heroes. It is also a great choice, as Chinese kids nowadays are crazy over Iron Man, Spider-man and Thor.

      As for the eventual second park, I don't really have a clue. Animal Kingdom does sound interesting, but Shanghai has two zoos already, so I am not sure if they will think it's redundant. I hope the second park is an original one designed specifically for Shanghai, just like they did in Tokyo with DisneySea.

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    2. Hello Friend! Yes, I agree Shanghai Disneyland is the most important and exciting development. I think it will be an exciting and magical destination for children, adults, and families from all over mainland China. In fact, the Magic Kingdom Park in Florida has two lakes which surround it. It stands alone at the top of the WDW resort and attracts many people from around the world. It is only accompanied by the Grand Floridian Hotel, Poylnesian Resort, Contemporary Resort and Wilderness Lodge and campground. There is nothing else anywhere near the Magic Kingdom at WDW. Disney has created other theme parks with various themes and attractions over the years. It stands to reason they may add another park in Shanghai too. They have built other parks based on movie magic (DHS/WDS), water (DisneySea), animals (AK), California (DCA), and EPCOT. In fact, The Disney Hollywood Studios features the the famous Chinese Theater from Hollywood as its main iconic building. Maybe they will create a movie studio similar to the Disney Hollywood Studios at WDW in Florida or Walt Disney Studios in Paris. The Animal Kingdom Park seems to be possible too. Clearly the Chinese people and citizens of Shanghai love animals as they have two zoos already. An EPCOT style park is not out of the question either given the international flair of Shanghai. However, EPCOT is a smaller, theme park designed around the greater concept of the original idea of EPCOT, an entire new city, which literally stands for "Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow". Shanghai is already well developed and populated. I suppose they could build a theme park around a "World's Fair" but they already have hosted one.

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    3. Wow. Thank for the discussion! I really like some of your points here.
      Indeed there are a lot of possible themes for the second park.
      I actually have an idea as well. Shanghai in Chinese is "上海" which literally means "sail towards the sea". It is a port where the Long River connects with the East China Sea. Therefore, I guess it will be good to integrate this into the second park.

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    4. Wow. Thanks for the discussion! I really like some of your points here.

      Indeed there are a lot of possible themes for the second park.
      I actually have an idea as well. Shanghai in Chinese is "上海" which literally means "sail towards the sea". It is a port where the Long River connects with the East China Sea. Therefore, I guess it will be good to integrate this into the second park.

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    5. That is very interesting. If Shanghai literally means "sail towards the sea", I would think the DisneySea theme park concept, or some version of it, would be a strong possibility as a second park, if they decide to build one. Obviously, being a port city has its advantages.

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    6. They have a traveling theme park at the moment called "The MARVEL Experience", which features many rides based on MARVEL characters. Its possible it becomes a more permanent installation. Maybe it will come to Shanghai too.
      http://www.forbes.com/sites/markhughes/2014/01/09/first-images-of-marvel-superhero-theme-park-unveiled/

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    7. The dome in the concept art looks very impressive! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I found this image of the resort an interesting graphic. It suggests the Phase 1 is around the SDL park and lake only. The Phase 2 area is the addition of a another park or expansion of SDL, and Phase 3 is the development of the resort at the southern area. However, it only incorporates the Shanghai Disney Resort and not the larger area that comprises the entire Shanghai Tourism and Resorts Area. Either way, having two theme parks operational and hotels by 2020 is a sizable project.
    http://www.onedreamtravel.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Shanghai-Disney-Resort.jpg

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    1. Thank you very sharing this picture, but I do this this might be a bit dated.
      As we can see, the shape of the lake does not resemble the one in the construction plan, so this might be an early sketch of the resort.

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    2. I went to the website of the Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone. They have alot of information and pictures on the website, although I wish it was available in English. The translation feature does not translate very well. I noticed a lot of people and the development of the resort. I also noticed 2 pictures which I was not sure exactly how they fit into the resort. Can you describe them better? What is in the picture below?
      http://www.sh-resorts.gov.cn/website/HTML/new_lydjq/shresorts_tpxw/2014-05-15/Detail_2992.htm
      http://www.sh-resorts.gov.cn/website/HTML/new_lydjq/shresorts_tpxw/2013-02-21/Detail_1827.htm

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    3. Hi Friend!

      Yes they do have a lot of information on that site but mostly only available in Chinese. Actually translating them into English is what I have been doing all these years, and it is my pleasure to share these with the world.

      Unfortunately, the two articles you provided are not related to the resort but other facilities near the resort area. The first one talks about the new Industrial Park for China Telecom, and the second is a shopping district. In fact, Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone is a very large area with Shanghai Disney Resort, as its biggest highlight, and many other smaller projects.

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  5. I have a question for you: Why do you think they built Tomorrowland and Adventureland areas on the opposite side of the park as they traditional have been built, breaking from tradition of all other Disneyland and Magic Kingdom theme parks? Is it because of Feng Shui? I was thinking it puts Tomorrowland on the western side of the park, which is associated with technology and western media. The downtown skyline area of Shanghai also makes for a good background for a Tomorrowland theme area too. Also, I think they might have put Adventureland, or Adventure Isle as it is called, on the other side of the park because it is closer to the rising sun and ocean, which is associated with the Earth and land based adventure themes. It allows for greater expansion of the park, and adventure theme, in that area of the park too. It would compliment another theme park or hotel with a similar theme, such as the Animal Kingdom, or Hollywood Studios too. Why do you think they did it?

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    1. Very interesting question!

      Indeed, putting Tomorrowland on the west side of the park is unusual, and I agree to your points.

      I would probably add that perhaps it has something to do with the “Shopping, Dining and Entertainment Area“ that is connected to the west side of the park. The area is located right below Tomorrowland. Perhaps they could not build Adventure Isle here is that: as we know there will be a rapids attraction with a huge mountain in Adventure Isle, and the back sides of Disney mountains are usually not that pleasant to look at (see Everest or Carsland for example). Therefore, I think this might also be the reason that they put Tomorrowland here instead.

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    2. I do think they switched the locations of the lands because of Feng Shui and other Chinese cultural customs. In fact, the entire park seems to be based on some of the principles of Feng Shui. It explains why there is a water park at the entrance, among many other designs. I noticed the Hotel, adjacent to Tomorrowland, also has an exterior of Blue and Green colors. It is a "family" or value hotel too. This is consistent with Feng Shui and its many themes, color schemes too. The opposite side of the park (and Feng Shui) has to do with children & creativity, and travel. This might explain why they put Adventure Isle and the Pirates land on the other side. The color scheme is white, grey too. The announcement for the Treasure Cove had a lot of grey, buildings and a travel theme too. As you mentioned, the "Shopping, Dining, and Entertainment Area" is outside of the park and south of Tomorrowland. Both lands could be connected to the theme of self-cultivation, wisdom, and knowledge too. Maybe they are trying to connect the themes of family,blue and green, with Tomorrowland too. I agree its much easier to have a large mountain on the other side of the park if you have the Mickey Avenue section near it. The Mickey Avenue area looks exciting and has iconic architecture which celebrates Mickey and his Disney Friends.

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    3. Yes, I agree that Feng Shui is a major factor in the design. Unfortunately I am not familiar with the theory, so I could not contribute any more thoughts on this..

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    4. I think a Disney Bear theme park would be great! They could model it upon the "Tao of Pooh". Have you ever read that book?

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    5. A bear theme park! Definitely cute enough to attract many teenagers in this nation!

      I have not read the book "Tao of Pooh", but it looks intriguing. Thanks for sharing, Friend!

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  6. I found a picture posted of the hotels at Shanghai Disney Resort. The Toy Story Hotel looks very similar to previous illustrations. The 5-Star Hotel is described as an "Art Nouveau" style hotel and not the "Victorian" style as previously thought. The shopping mall, recently announced, is close by too. So, it tends to suggest its a theme for that area of the resort. Although, I am not sure if its accurate. It is only speculation at this point. It does makes me wonder if the hotel will be known as the Ambassador hotel or the official Shanghai Disneyland Hotel. Both look very intriguing.
    http://disneyandmore.blogspot.ae/2014/07/shanghai-disneyland-update-first.html

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  7. The website says the design or style is Art Nouveau for the 5-star hotel, but the actual theme for the hotel might actually be more developed around a story or characters.

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  8. The Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone posted a colorful map of the "other side" of the resort's core area on 7-22-2014. It gives a little more indication of the area's development. Take a look, its very interesting:
    http://www.sh-resorts.gov.cn/website/HTML/new_lydjq/shresorts_qygh_pqgh/2014-07-22/Detail_3147.htm

    I also found a colorful map of the entire zone, which is similar to your zone map in dark yellow, but in more colors and detail. The map is at the bottom of the page. In order to view it, I pasted the entire page and diagram, to a new page because it is obstructed by the other artwork at the bottom of the page. You might try the same to see it.

    http://www.sh-resorts.gov.cn/website/HTML/new_lydjq/shresorts_qygh_jggh/2014-04-30/Detail_2669.htm

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  9. I guess you could say, the new 5-star hotel is more "Art Gusteau" than "Mictorian", as Shanghai has a large collection of buildings designed in Art Noveau/Art Deco. Gusteau's restaurant was featured in the Disney animated film"Ratatouille".

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  10. Your Facebook account says you got an internship with the Walt Disney Co. Hope your having fun. Did you get to go to Orlando?

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    1. Wow. Thank for all the comments. Sorry I have not got the time to reply them all...

      Yes I was interning at Walt Disney Shanghai during summer vacation. However, as I was not in the parks department, I did not get to visit any parks.

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  11. What did you do as an intern at Walt Disney Shanghai? Did you visit the construction site in Pudong area of Shanghai?

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