Monday, May 6, 2013

Shanghaî Disneyland Update

A short news about Shanghaî Disneyland, coming from Shanghaî Daily. And this one is about the transportation hub:

"A Vast public transport network is in the works to serve the expected flood of visitors to the Shanghai Disneyland, officials said yesterday.

A hub at the west gate of the amusement park will comprise five bus terminals, car and taxi parking lots, wash rooms and six lounges. The 77,492-square-meter behemoth will stretch from Xihuan Road to a large square of the Shanghai Disneyland, officials said. Some amusement facilities, shops and trees will line the hub.

The city government is inviting tenders for the construction of the hub that is budgeted at 182 million yuan (US$22.54 million). The project should be completed within a year.

Metro Line 11 will also be extended from Luoshan Road Station to Disneyland with stops at Kangqiao Road E. Station and Hengxin Road Station.

The extended 9.2-kilometer Disney section will use six-car trains with maximum speed of 100 kilometers per hour. Ten such trains will initially operate on the line. About 7.7km will be over land while the final stretch will be underground.  The Disneyland Station will be semi-underground with a skylight to bring natural light indoor. It will be surrounded by an artificial lake, trees and shrubs.

Two broad slopes will be built on both sides of the stations for wheelchair-bound visitors. The size and decorations will be designed keeping children in mind.

Road construction is already underway outside the amusement park that will connect to the Middle Ring Road in the Pudong New Area. The new elevated highway, costing more than 10 billion yuan (US$1.62 billion), is being built between the Jungong Road Tunnel and Gaoke Road M. It will be completed in 2015, just in time for the opening of the park. An upgrade of the super capacitor buses that were used at the World Expo 2010 Shanghai may be used to shuttle visitors."

Below, the map of SDL bus station which will be close to the entertainment and shopping area and just a few minutes walk from the theme park entrance.

Pictures: copyright Disney - Shandi

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A while ago, back in like early 2012, I saw an architect who was working on the train station posted renderings and plans online as part of his portfolio. The project clearly was labeled Shanghai Disneyland Metro Station. However, he quickly took it down, probably because Disney did not want any of its work to be viewed by the public.

From what I remember, back over a year ago, plans called for a cluster of giant oriental umbrellas/parasols of different heights and scales which would be different translucent colors to form the roof. It would be two stories with escalators connecting the lower level tracks to the ground level promenade and large light wells to bring natural light to track level.

From what I remember, it seems to be the same with what you said about the "semi-underground station with skylights to bring natural light" and "the size and decorations will be designed keeping children in mind" as evident by the larger than life parasols ala Art of Animation/All Stars Resorts.