Fresh - and good! - news about Shanghaî Disneyland were released today, so let's have a look about this with excerpts of today's Shanghaî Daily article ( in italics ), to which i added my own comments.
"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.
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."
Good news, as it seems that the park will not have delay in its opening, unlike what some rumors were saying. That said, it might open more "late 2015" than at the start of the year...
Interesting... finally, may be an article that i've done in March 2011 might be right and i strongly suggest you to read it HERE. You'll find in it not only the picture of this early map below, but also my thoughts about what it means for SDL area to be surrounded by water ( which was not yet sure at that time ) and more specifically what it means "symbolically" for chinese people.
"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".
In two words, it means that SDL probably will not have a lot of rides inspired by chinese mythologies but that you'll find the chinese influence mainly in shows or performances. And so far, from what i've been told, it seems to be right.
"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."
What it means is that the entrance ticket price will be probably less expensive than in U.S, Japan or European theme parks which is indeed a bloody good news.
"He said detailed plans on future designs and events in the park will be made public late this year."
Another very good news as it means that WDI might released at last more infos or artwork about SDL. I remind you also that the next D23 Expo in Anaheim is scheduled for next summer and i think we can expect to see interesting things about SDL in the expo. I remind you too this other interesting news released last week by China Daily, saying that "Shanghaî Disneyland will feature a production center, which will showcase some of the technical and creative wizardry, which will be used at the site, and scheduled to be open by the second quarter of 2013. the center will become the "heart" of show production for Shanghai Disneyland, the company said, highlighting the park's most complex technology before it is permanently installed within the theme park, the company said". Might be a kind of Blue Sky Cellar like at DCA but of course all about Shanghaî Disneyland.
Anyway, all this sounds good and just like you i can't wait to know - or see - more about WDI plans for Shanghaî Disneyland!