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Shanghai Site Work Completed

Discussion in 'Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai' started by DVCOwner, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. DVCOwner

    DVCOwner A Long Time DVC Member

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    According to the Shangha press, it looks like the Shanghai Disney is getting ready to enter the construction of the Atractions, Hotel, etc. Still looks to be heading to a opening in late 2015.

    Construction of Shanghai Disney Resort Speeding Ahead

    2012-04-26 18:03:03 Xinhua Web Editor: Li

    Builders will soon start constructing the infrastructure of the much-anticipated Shanghai Disney Resort, after preparations on the ground formation work were completed, attendees of a ceremony held at the site on Thursday were told.
    Bill Ernest, president and managing director of Disney Parks and Resort Asia, praised the ground work by the project's Chinese partner -- Shanghai Shendi Group -- and the support from the Shanghai municipal government, at the build site hand-over event.
    "We are incredibly excited to begin building the resort and to develop a world-class family vacation destination in Shanghai," he said.
    Ernest promised construction of hotels will start later this year, with developers studying Chinese culture in order to add local elements to Disney's latest attraction.
    "We are talking a lot about 'authentic Disney, unique Chinese.' We are really working hard to incorporate it in the overall design story," he said.
    The Disney chief disclosed that Shanghai Disneyland is likely to celebrate local events like Mid-Autumn Festival. Visitors will also see food, snacks and souvenirs with local elements in the park.
    Intended to open at the end of 2015, the resort will initially be comprised of Shanghai Disneyland, a Magic-Kingdom-style park as well as two themed hotels, a large retail, dining and entertainment venue, recreational facilities, a lake and parking and transportation hubs.
    Covering an area of 1.16 square km, the theme park inside the 3.9-sq-km Shanghai Disney Resort will be the world's sixth Disney amusement park and the first on the Chinese mainland. It will also be the third of its kind in Asia, after the company's theme parks in Tokyo and Hong Kong.
    During preparation work over the past year, the Shendi Group adopted cutting-edge vacuum preloading technology to level and consolidate the ground formation to prevent from it subsiding in the coastal site.
    Howard Brown, senior vice president overseeing development of the Shanghai Disney Resort, said the soil formation project is the largest ever undertaken anywhere.
    Builders are now working on road network construction, as well as the site's central lake and perimeter canal.
    The ground-breaking of the Shanghai Disney Resort project started on April 8 last year. Robert Iger, president and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, has promised the park's signature castle will be the biggest and tallest of all those in the world's Disney theme parks.
    The resort is a joint venture between the Walt Disney Co. and Shanghai Shendi Group, with Shendi holding 57 percent of the shares and Disney the remaining 43 percent. Enditem
     
  2. PhoenixSpirit

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    can't wait until we start seeing more concept art! Wonder what the new attractions will look like, and if we'll get any of them for WDW. Fingers crossed :)
     
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    I think the 7DMT is going to also be at Shanghai Disneyland
     
  4. razza1987

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    I can't wait to hear more news about Shanghai Disney. Being from Australia it's a LOT closer to here lol
     
  5. DVCOwner

    DVCOwner A Long Time DVC Member Original Poster

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    In addition to the site work that has been completed and the starting of the vertical construction, ShanghaiDaily.com is now reporting that the new subway line to Shanghai Disneyland is now approved. The station sounds interesting. Here is the article:

    Metro extension planned for Disneyland - December 7, 2012

    An exclusive Metro line serving Shanghai Disneyland visitors will be built and put into service in 2015, the same year the amusement park opens to the public. The new line is a 9.15-kilometer extension of Metro Line 11, starting from Luoshan Road Station in Pudong and ending at the Disney Resort with three stations in between. The planned Disneyland Station will feature cartoon figures, such as Mickey Mouse. Passengers can enjoy the park's views through large vaults of the semi-underground station. The project has been approved by authorities, according to a report in today's Jiefang Daily.
     
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    DVCOwner A Long Time DVC Member Original Poster

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    Just another little piece of information about one of the hotel's being constructed at Shanghai Disneyland from English.Eastday.com. Of note is the adding of some additional land to the overall project.

    SHANGHAI Disneyland will have a hotel in the shape of a flat "8," which is an auspicious figure that means prosperity, wealth, and success in China, according to an environmental evaluation report posted on the environmental authority's website for public discussion.
    The Disneyland hotel is located west of the amusement park in the Pudong New Area, according to a map released online.
    Workers have started planting trees around the land for the hotel, which is designed with seven floors and covers some 44,900 square meters.
    The report, which studied the hotel's light impact from its glass wall, showed that the hotel will use hollow glass with a light reflectivity factor lower than 20 percent, meaning it will limit light pollution for the public and cars driving on Hulu expressway, which is west of the hotel.
    Also, the Shanghai Bureau of Planning and Land Resources has announced it will sell land use rights for two government parcels to the Shanghai Shendi Construction Co, the Disneyland builder.
    The two pieces of land, one 8.09 hectares and one 6.47 hectares, were sold for 76 million (US$12 million) and 60.8 million yuan, respectively.
    Shanghai Disneyland is due to open at the end of 2015.
     
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    DVCOwner A Long Time DVC Member Original Poster

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    From Shanghaidaily.com

    Disneyland to start next building phase article by Yang Jain

    CONSTRUCTION is almost done on the infrastructure and support facilities for Shanghai Disneyland, and design details and installation of features within the theme park will begin this year, officials said yesterday.

    Some major structures will take shape late this year in the theme park, which will open in 2015 as scheduled in Chuansha in the Pudong New Area, said Zhou Xianqiang, assistant director of the Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone Management Commission.

    The 1.68-square-kilometer park will lie in the heart of the 20-square-kilometer tourism zone.

    Half of the 10 benchmarks set for construction of the park had been reached by the end of last year, Zhou said.

    After the rest of the construction is done on lands, roads and rivers this year, the commission will deliver the land to Disney officials in the United States for further construction, he said.

    Zhou said the future theme park will be surrounded by a waterway to isolate the new park from the outside.

    Shanghai Disneyland will involve more Chinese elements to differentiate it from other theme parks around the world, said Dao Shuming, director of the Shanghai Tourism Bureau.

    Zhou said the Chinese elements will mainly involve performances, festival celebrations and souvenirs.

    "Ticket prices for the future park will be similar to other Disney parks in the world but will also take the incomes of Chinese mainland visitors into account," Zhou added.

    He said detailed plans on future designs and events in the park will be made public late this year.

    The first Disney theme park on the Chinese mainland broke ground in April, and its first phase is due to open in 2015. It's the third one in Asia, after Tokyo and Hong Kong, and the phase 1 project will cost 24.5 billion yuan (US$3.93 billion).

    The park has kicked off the first round of recruitment with 100 job openings to professionals from home and abroad, but most are expected to be landed by candidates from China.
     

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