Thursday, November 26, 2015
New SDL Fantasyland high-res renderings have been released on the Shanghaî Disney Resort website, and i'm sure you're dying to see them so here we go!
We'll start by the Journey to the Crystal Grotto boat ride - artworks above and below -which here replaced the classic Storybook Land ride, though with different kind of scenes all inspired by Disney Animation classics. I did a whole article about it not so long ago that you can read HERE so i will post only the official description and the new renderings.
Voyage to the Crystal Grotto will be an enchanting excursion that travels the waters of Fantasyland. Fanciful fountains and sculptures line the water’s edge, celebrating classic tales of magic and imagination. At journey’s end, guests will glide beneath Enchanted Storybook Castle, into a secret, underground chamber in which fountains of light will leap and dance in shimmering pools, surrounding guests with magic, music and color. The experience is sure to inspire the dreams and imaginations of all who make this wondrous voyage.
Two more renderings showing the Beauty and the Beast and the Mulan scene were also released.
Let's move next to the Peter Pan's Flight ride which not only may have a new ride system but also new scenes like this one below, a new version of the nursery scene at the start of the ride:
Aboard a “flying” ship in Peter Pan’s Flight, guests will sail through the skies over London and off to Never Land. There, Peter Pan will lead guests through a series of remarkable adventures to confront the villainous Captain Hook and his pirate crew. With an exciting, new ride system, guests will soar as never before into this action-packed story of the boy who encourages imaginations to fly. In this classic attraction, updated for Shanghai Disneyland, new Disney magic brings the ships closer to the action and face to face with the characters, as they are engulfed in Pixie Dust.
This next artwork was released before and most probably shows the passage from the real world to Neverland, but i may be wrong... as we can see a flying ship at the end of this stellar way, a scene that usually happen at the end of the ride.
This next artwork shows the Hunny Pot Spin ride:
In the Hundred Acre Wood, Hunny Pot Spin is a delightful family attraction where guests ride inside whirling honey pots – in honor of Winnie the Pooh’s favorite food. “Hunny” is the way Pooh labels his ceramic jars filled with honey. Beneath a canopy strung with honey-dripping hives, friendly bees hum the Winnie the Pooh song to accompany the twirling guests. How fast each honey pot spins is determined by the guests, who will add speed by turning a wheel in the center of the honey pot. The honey pots, labeled in English and Chinese, are painted in loving detail, and each pot appears to be dripping with honey that oozes down the side.
The artwork above has been released before but now that we have it in high res we can zoom in it and see a bit more clearly what it reveal. In the center you have of ourse the Hunny Pot Spin but on the right you'll see the entrance of the Winnie the Pooh dark ride, and it should be the same than at Disneyland, nit the Tokyo Disneyland version.
But the left of the rendering shows something very different as it is the Rapunzel tower and the Tangled Tree Tavern:
Located in the Fantasyland forest, Tangled Tree Tavern is inspired by the Snuggly Duckling, the pub featured in Disney’s animated film Tangled, the tale of Rapunzel. Warped by time and the roots of the large tree nearby, Tangled Tree Tavern is full of rich details and an atmosphere befitting the boisterous ruffians and thugs in the film. Guests will enjoy a hearty meal in this lush woodland environment.
Let's move now to the Alice in Wonderland Maze:
Designed especially for Shanghai Disneyland, this maze is the first attraction at a Disney park themed to Tim Burton’s live-action film Alice in Wonderland. In the experience, guests will choose their own path as they wind through the delightfully whimsical world of Wonderland on their way to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Along the way, they may encounter the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit and sculptures of characters, including the tyrannical Red Queen. In a maze of sculpted hedges, stone garden walls, giant flowers, and whimsical sculptures, there’s fun at every turn in this delightful family adventure.
The last main attraction of SDL Fantasyland will be the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. SDL didn't released renderings for this one, something which we don't really need as the ride will be similar to the WDW version. Instead they've posted a video of the ride, shot of course at WDW Magic Kingdom. The main interesting visual may be the ride title itself which include Chinese text, see screen capture below.
That's all for today's Shanghaî Disneyland update, more coming soon!
Pictures: copyright Disney - Shendi