Shang­hai’s Dis­ney of­fer­ings un­veiled

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By YU RAN in Shang­hai

yu­ran@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The Shang­hai Dis­ney Re­sort, which is sched­uled for open­ing this spring, has an­nounced its full-day at­trac­tions and en­ter­tain­ment events, many of which are spe­cially de­signed for Chi­nese tourists and are unique to the city’s theme park.

The re­sort is Dis­ney’s first on the Chi­nese main­land and is the prod­uct of a joint ven­ture be­tween The Walt Dis­ney Com­pany and the Shang­hai Shendi Group. The re­sort will be home to two ho­tels — the Shang­hai Dis­ney­land Ho­tel and Toy Story Ho­tel — as well as the fa­mous Dis­ney­land Park, which will show­case six themed ar­eas in­clud­ing Mickey Av­enue, Fan­ta­sy­land and Tomorrowland.

“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-ofa-kind desti­na­tion that will de­light and en­ter­tain the peo­ple of China for gen­er­a­tions to come,” said Dis­ney Chair­man and CEO Bob Iger dur­ing the an­nounce­ment event.

Lo­cated at the cen­ter of the theme park is the iconic Enchanted Sto­ry­book Cas­tle, which will be the tallest, largest and most in­ter­ac­tive one among all the other Dis­ney parks in the world. It will also be the first cas­tle to fea­ture all the Dis­ney princesses.

Other firsts at Shang­hai Dis­ney­land will in­clude the Voy­age to the Crys­tal Grotto, a new ex­cur­sion that cel­e­brates clas­sic Dis­ney tales of magic and imag­i­na­tion as it takes vis­i­tors through the wa­ters of Fan­ta­sy­land be­fore go­ing un­der­neath the Enchanted Sto­ry­book Cas­tle for a spec­tac­u­lar fi­nale. There will also be the TRON Light­cy­cle Power Run, which prom­ises to thrill with high speed rides com­ple­mented with rich sto­ry­telling and a breath­tak­ing view of Shang­hai Dis­ney­land.

Come night­fall, vis­i­tors can look for­ward to shows that will fill the sky above the Enchanted Sto­ry­book Cas­tle with a daz­zling ar­ray of spe­cial light­ing ef­fects and fire­works.

Shang­hai Dis­ney­land will also fea­ture lo­cally-in­flu­enced el­e­ments, such as an ac­ro­batic ver­sion of Tarzan the Ape Man where ac­tors will bal­ance spin­ning plates and walk on balls as they recre­ate scenes from the film.

“We are tak­ing ev­ery­thing we’ve learned from our six decades of ex­ceed­ing ex­pec­ta­tions — along with our re­lent­less in­no­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity to cre­ate a truly mag­i­cal place that is both au­then­ti­cally Dis­ney and dis­tinctly Chi­nese,” said Iger.

The global pre­miere of the man­darin ver­sion of The Lion King, one of Dis­ney’s big­gest block­busters that has achieved mas­sive suc­cess as a Broad­way pro­duc­tion, will be per­formed in the Walt Dis­ney Grand The­ater in Dis­ney­town, lo­cated away from Dis­ney­land and in the re­sort area. Dis­ney­town will also of­fer vis­i­tors a wide se­lec­tion of din­ing, shop­ping and en­ter­tain­ment op­tions.

“Shang­hai Dis­ney­land will bring hap­pi­ness to the young and old alike, from chil­dren meet­ing a fa­vorite char­ac­ter to par­ents cap­tur­ing the mo­ment with a photo; from teenagers fly­ing a Jet Pack to grand­par­ents strolling through the lush gar­dens,” said Iger.

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