Thursday, May 12, 2016

Shanghaî Disneyland Update : A Closer Look at Disneytown Walt Disney Grand Theater

We'll have a closer look today at Shanghaî Disneyland Disneytown Walt Disney Grand Theater where will play The Lion King musical each evening in Mandarin language. Above and below, the theatre entrance facade.

The theater will be located on Disneytown Broadway Plaza, and here is a high-res version of the official rendering.

The theater will also be eventually use during day time for park shows as there will be an access to its entrance from the park. On the aerial picture below, the Walt Disney Grand theater is the big red building at the center.

Let's have a look at the inside with this picture below posted on Instagram by Michael Chase who participated to the building of the theater.

Next picture shows the stage as seen from the audience seats.

This next picture shows the backstage area, one that will not be seen by the audience!

A last look at the theatre facade at night and you'll note that the marquee now has "The Lion King" banner. For sure it will sound odd for a non-Chinese to hear the Lion King musical sung in Mandarin , but i'm sure that locals will enjoy a lot this world acclaimed musical!

Picture: copyright Disney


Anonymous said...

I love the idea of it being used by both the park and DisneyTown - that's such a smart idea. I can't quite work out where the entrance from the park will be though.

I've often thought that Downtown Disney / Disney Springs in Florida could use a proper theatre for musicals or shows (other than Cirque). Maybe if it works well here they'll copy the idea.

Anonymous said...

So no orchestra pit in this theatre? That is a bit strange since "The Lion King" is a musical, and musicals always have a live orchestra...

Alain Littaye said...

If you look at the two last pictures you'll see there is an orchestra pit, look for the space colour black on the pictures. On picture no 5 from the top the pit was covered that's why you don't see it.

Anonymous said...

as in the Broadway show - the orchestra is located under the stage - while the director is front and center - just at the stage floor.