Saturday, December 6, 2014

Shanghaî Disneyland Release First Picture of Roaring Rapids Mountain !

Shanghaî Disneyland released the very first picture of the still under construction Adventure Isle Roaring Rapids mountain, a new "mountain" in the long history of Disney theme parks mountains... Below, the official - but short - press release, and as i told you recently when the new bird eye view of the park was released recently they're obviously using the same technique that was used when they did Ornament Valley mountain at DCA's Cars Land. Note that the press release don't mention explicitly that it's the Roaring Rapids mountain, but it is, you can trust me.

Another picture below also shows SDL Imagineers at the top of the mountain and as you will see it's really high! Roaring Rapids will be SDL raft ride during which SDL guests will encounter Audio-Animatronics Dinosaurs, all the question now is to know if the rafts will go also inside this huge mountain.  I would say "probably" as the mountain could help to protect the Audio-Animatronics from Shanghaî weather. Anyway, let's hope so! Stay tuned on D&M as i'll have more for you tomorrow about SDL!

Shanghai Disney Resort Construction Reaches New Heights

Shanghai Disneyland Mountain Successfully Topped-Out

A remarkable “mountain” feature at the resort’s Magic Kingdom-style theme park was successfully topped-out this week. Designed to be an iconic landmark anchoring one of Shanghai Disneyland’s six themed lands, it will be the second highest structure at Shanghai Disney Resort, after the Enchanted Storybook Castle, and the highest “mountain” in Shanghai’s Pudong New District. This marks another exciting milestone in the resort’s development.

Disney has a long-standing tradition of creating immersive and unforgettable experiences for guests around the world. A key element of each experience is the physical landscape of themed lands, which vary depending upon the story and theme from tropical forests to majestic mountains, with horticulture and rockwork to match. An international team of Disney Imagineers is working hand-in-hand with local contractors to transfer unique Disney techniques design, rockwork and themed finishing expertise to local artisans to bring the best of Disney to the people of China.

Since the first Disney “mountain” – Matterhorn Bobsleds – opened in Disneyland Park on June 14, 1959, the iconic mountains of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts have been transporting Guests to exciting worlds beyond their imagination. There are now over 20 Disney mountains around the world, with the newest one coming to Shanghai Disney Resort, the first Disney resort in Mainland China. The mountain will be located in a key area of Shanghai Disneyland and will be the second highest structure at Shanghai Disney Resort, after the Enchanted Storybook Castle, and the highest “mountain” in Shanghai’s Pudong New District.

Each element, from landscaping to the Cast Member and Guest interactions, help to tell the immersive story that Disney has become known for. Imagineers take great care in preserving the authenticity and story of these mountains. Teams of Imagineers often take research trips to visit real mountains and surrounding areas to gather inspiration for the design and development of attractions. Each mountain is scrutinized in order to incorporate meticulous detail in the final product and Guest experience. Through creativity and innovative technology, Disney continuously plays a leading role in the design and construction of the mountain attractions that transport Guests to new lands and worlds. ( end press release )

And If you wonder where will be located this Shanghaî Disneyland mountain, it will be in SDL Adventure Isle and it is this huge piece of rockwork that you can see in the foreground on the pic below, coming from the latest SDL bird eye view artwork.

Pictures: copyright Disney - Shendi


Ethan R said...

Exciting! Any idea how tall it is?

Alain Littaye said...

Sorry, no idea.

Anonymous said...

China needs to do something drastic about their air pollution problem. Poor Disney can't get a publicity shot with anything but dirty skies.

Mark Hickson said...

Funny, but we didn't have a ceremony like this for Splash mountain at Disneyland or Tokyo!

Anonymous said...

Do you think it is Paradise Falls from UP ?

Anonymous said...

Again, it's called Hazy/overcast. It's not air pollution. NYC in the winter is the same thing. There are no factories in Shanghai anymore as they have all moved inland. Most of the news coverage about air pollution are about Beijing not Shanghai.

Anonymous said...

Shanghai air pollution readings:

Anonymous said...

We were in Shanghai this summer and a rainstorm cleared the air before we arrived so we could see the skyline. By the next evening, you couldn't see the tops of the buildings and the air had a distinct taste. There is air pollution, but it is very different than the stuff we sucked down in the 1970's in Los Angeles. Shanghai is coal and trash fires from inland. The air flows from west to east so it doesn't matter how far inland the factories and coal fired plants move. Dirty air is part of the china experience. My question is, how will Disney make the water safe for westerners? For those of you who have never been to China from the west, hotels provide bottled water to brush your teeth and you are warned about drinking the water.