The Disney magic is going to spread even farther across the world this year — the latest Disney resort is set to open in Shanghai, China on June 16, and it’s going to be no modest addition to the family. Joining the parks in California, Florida, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Paris, Shanghai Disney will be the second largest of them all, smaller only than Disney World in Orlando.
The budget for the park ended up being $5.5 billion, and believe us, none of that money is going to waste. The core of the resort is Shanghai Disneyland, which will be broken up into six themed areas. One of those, Treasure Cove, will be the first pirate-themed area in any Disney resort, and you’d better believe that means it’s going to involve a lot of Johnny Depp. Pirates of the Caribbean will be all over the place, especially in a new, even larger Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Adventure Isle will be a little more like California Adventure, with a lot of outdoors-themed rides, including Roaring Rapids.
Tomorrowland will feature Tron heavily, with a lightcycle ride. But, Tron won’t run the whole show — you can be assured Buzz Lightyear won’t totally cede the spotlight. Mickey Avenue will be dedicated to Mickey, Minnie, and friends, while Gardens of Imagination will emphasize some of Disney’s more fantastical movies, like Dumbo and, yes, Fantasia.
But, what we really need to talk about is Fantasyland. There’s some cool Hundred Acre Wood stuff here, and Peter Pan is flying around, but we’re going to have to overlook all of that, because this Enchanted Storybook Castle is absolutely no joke. When completed, it’s going to be the largest castle in any Disney resort, anywhere. How large? Well, it’s large enough for every single Disney princess to share. It’ll also be dotted with Chinese symbols for luck, with plenty of gold details on the inside and outside. It’ll be packed with shopping, entertainment, and it’s going to pretty much be the definitive Disney princess experience.
But yeah, that’s just Disneyland. The entire resort will also have two hotels, including a Toy Story-themed hotel and a Disneyland hotel that sits on Wishing Star Lake, a pretty massive man-made lake that will have boat rides hotel guests can take to the park. And, there will be Disneytown for after-hours shopping, eating, and entertainment.
Basically, what we’re saying is you’d better start thinking about grabbing plane tickets, park tickets, and the requisite visas now, or else you’re going to be waiting a long time to get into this resort.
Via The Huffington Post