Saturday, March 12, 2016
Since months we hear that Shanghaî Disneyland will be one of the biggest park Disney has ever built, and with the biggest castle. Okay, i agree for the castle, but what about the park? Note, to be fair, that Disney always compared SDL park with HKDL and there is no doubt that SDL will be bigger than HKDL. That said, if we take as example Disneyland Paris park, certainly one of the nicest Magic Kingdoms WDI Imagineers have ever built, is Shanghaî Disneyland really bigger?
The two pictures above and below may give a better idea for a comparison between both. The picture at the top was sent to me by an anonymous source, saying that it was a SDL picture, and obviously shot from a drone. Which prove by the way - and if it is really a SDL picture - that the Chinese paparazzis who regularly sent their drones over SDL don't have the exclusivity of shooting pictures of the park using a drone. But let's come back to our comparison with DLP and the aerial picture below shot two years or so after DLP opening by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The view is more or less shot on the same angle than the one of SDL, though from a higher altitude as it was shot from an helicopter.
To be perfectly honest, it's hard to be certain that DLP or SDL is the "biggest" one as the back of SDL - specially Fantasyland - can't be seen clearly on the SDL shot. And the two pics were not shot with the same kind of lens as the one of SDL was shot using a very wide angle lens. So? So, i still think that DLP is bigger. Not only because it has a twice longer entrance street ( Main Street at DLP, Mickey Avenue at SDL ), no lost space with a parking lot or a shopping and dining area ( Disney Town at SDL ) which take some space on the park, and a few others things. That said, Shanghaî Disneyland will undeniably be a big park and if it's not as big as DLP it should be almost as big. So, nothing to worry here.
Pictures: copyright Disney