Mickey and Minnie // © 2015 Disney
Feature image (above): Disney recently unveiled more plans for its upcoming Shanghai park. // © 2015 Disney
As the 2016 grand opening of Shanghai Disney Resort nears, The Walt Disney Company continues to pique the interest of fans by releasing additional details about the resort.
Last month, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced that Shanghai Disneyland will include six themed lands: Adventure Isle, Gardens of Imagination, Mickey Avenue, Tomorrowland, Treasure Cove and Fantasyland. The latter land will be home to the towering Enchanted Storybook Castle, which will draw guests in nightly with dramatic firework displays and music.
Other new and old Disney favorites will make their way to Shanghai as well, from Dumbo the Flying Elephant to Peter Pan’s Flight to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Can’t-miss attractions distinct to the park will include TRON Lightcycle Power Run, a coaster-style ride during which park guests hop onboard large bikes called Lightcycles; Garden of the Twelve Friends, where Chinese zodiac animals are reimagined as Disney and Disney Pixar characters; and Treasure Cove, the first pirate-themed land at a Disney park.
Visitors will also want to pencil in two other experiences made just for Shanghai Disneyland: Star Wars Launch Bay and Marvel Universe. Fans of the “Star Wars” saga can peruse set pieces and memorabilia in Star Wars Launch Bay and enjoy a state-of-the-art cinematic program. In Marvel Universe, guests might learn to draw their preferred characters or meet the heroes face to face.
For guests’ shopping needs, there will be Disneytown, a dynamic retail and entertainment district adjacent to the theme park. Traditional Shanghai Shikumen architecture will ground Disneytown in its locale. The area will also offer Walt Disney Grande Theater, which will host the premiere of “The Lion King” musical in Mandarin.
The nearly 100-acre Wishing Star Park, the 420-room Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and 800-room Toy Story Hotel are also nearby — providing plenty of options for respite after an energetic day in the park.