Saturday, May 7, 2016

Shanghaî Disneyland Now in Soft-Opening for SDL Cast-Members - 180 Pictures and Videos of the Park - Updated With New Pictures AND the Video of teh FULL Mickey Storybook Express Parade!

Shanghaî Disneyland is now in soft-opening mode and the entrance is reserved to cast-members and their friends. Althought the park won't open before June 16 for "everyone" today at SDL looked almost like a regular day of the park,  with parade, castle show and major rides open. Dozens of pictures were posted today on Instagram and Weibo, and we'll have more for sure in the days to come. I did a selection of the best shots for you and after these three years during which Disney and more did an extensive coverage of the park construction it's with great pleasure that i present to you today pictures shot from the ground of an almost fully operational park! And a very special thanks to all the people who have posted their pictures on Instagram or Weibo, without whom this article wouldn't have been possible.

There we go and we'll start by Shanghai Disneyland entrance, wher security control is in place at the gates for all bags!

Shanghaî Disneyland Attraction posters under the entrance like in all Magic Kingdoms!

Here comes the first SDL guests!

Let's have a closer look at the buildings of Mickey Avenue, the entrance street of Shanghaî Disneyland.

Characters are present, whether it's Minnie Mouse...

Mickey and the Shanghaî Disneyland band...


Donald and Chip and Dale...

...or a vintage Mickey on screen in Steamboat Willie...

Looks great at night, may be even better...!

Let's move towards the castle and Gardens of Imagination! below, the first little princess to enter Shanghaî Dinseyland!

At the exit of Mickey Avenue and the entrance of Gardens of Imagination stands the sculpture of Walt with Mickey, identical to the one at DCA.

The entrance to Gardens of Imagination.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant is for once not located in Fantasyland but in Gardens of Imagination, SDL "Central Plaza".

...Neither the Fantasia Carousel which has a Fantasia theme.

The Tea house of Wandering Moon, in tribute to Chinese poets...

The 12 Chinese zodiac signs mosaics who were realised by Chinese children...

Gardens of Imagination will also be a great place to watch the day parade, Mickey Storybook Express!


And here is the video of the FULL Mickey's Storybook Express parade!

Let's explore Enchanted Storybook castle!

A series of mosaic murals are displayed inside the castle, and guests will find murals for Frozen, Brave, Tangled, Princess and the Frog...

The Snow White scene in the Once Upon a Time walk-through attraction inside the castle.

The first performance of the castle show happened today!

A few seconds of today's castle show performance...

Let's move to Fantasyland, would we, and on the first picture below the building on the right is where guests will embark in the boats for a Voyage to the Crystal Grotto.

One of the scene is a tribute to Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, Tangled, and many otehrs Disney Classics animated films...

Nearby is the entrance for the enhanced version of Peter Pan's Flight.

We've got a first video of the full ride! The Peter Pan's Flight ride is a brand new version totally - or almost - different than the one in others Disney theme parks, it looks awesome ...and it last 2.50min!

Next to the castle is Alice in Wonderland Maze, for once not inspired by the Disney animated film but by the Tim Burton movie.

Also in Fantasyland, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster...

SDL Fantasyland other dark ride in the classic version of Winnie the Pooh ride, with the addition of the Pooh hunny Pot ride, similar to the Alice Tea Cups ride but with a Winnie theme.

The Tangled Tree tavern sign, located near teh Winnie the Pooh area.

And for those who don't know where is what...

A Frozen show is played several times per day in the Fantasyland theater.

Time to move to Adventure Isle and the magical scenery of Roaring Rapids mountain and its waterfall!

Day and night, Adventurers will take their time to explore all the different trails!

The entrance and geysers scene of Roaring Rapids! The ride was not open yet during early soft-opening days.

Behind the mountain is the entrance for Soaring over the Horizon.

You can watch the full Soaring Over the Horizon movie - except may be the first 30 seconds - on the video below. And, good news, they've kept Jerry Goldsmith original score with just a few arrangements for this new movie!

It's in Adventure Isle that guests will also enjoy the Tarzan : Call of the Jungle show.

Next land is the gorgeous Treasure Cove where a brand new version of Pirates of Caribbean awaits you.

A great - and fun - detail from SDL Imagineers on a skull of Treasure Cove...

The entrance of Pirates of Caribbean : Battle for the Sunken Treasure.

...and the one for El Teatro Fandango nearby where is the pirates stunt show.

First short movie showing the POTC ride with the Davy Jones Audio-Animatronic. Sometime hard to see but looks awesome.

A picture of the treasure in the POTC ride...

It's also in Treasure Cove that SDL guests will embark in the Explorer Canoes...

Some of the scenes that guests in the Explorers Canoes will see along their journey, the load - unload building is in the background.

The last land of the park is Tomorrowland and its highly awaited TRON Lightcycles Power Run attraction.

The first attraction, located at the entrance of the land is Jet Packs.

And, of course, one can't miss the impressive TRON Lightcycles Power Run dome at the other end of the land.

The TRON theming of the queue decor is really impressive...


Watch the launch of the TRON coaster on the video below!

UPDATE: We now have a FULL RIDE video of TRON Lightcycles Power Run!!!

The night lighting of Tomorrowland and the TRON dome is stunning.

Last but not least, SDL Tomorrowland include two more attractions, the Stitch Encounter attraction for young kids and similar to the one at the WDS or HKDL, and the new Buzz Lightyear ride with a brand new theming.

You thought that the drones will fly less over Shanghaî Disneyland now that it's semi-open? Not really, as you'll see with these new stunning SDL aerial pictures shot at sunset!

A last look at the castle at night and Walt statue...

Let's end with a fantastic One hour and thirty minute video (!) on Youku showing the whole Shanghaî Disneyland park and rides, "just like if you were there"! Full Soaring movie, Pirates of Caribbean ride, Voyage to the Crystal Grotto, Hunny Pot Spin, Frozen show, Peter Pan's Flight, Once Upon a Time castle walkthrough, Alice in Wonderland Maze, and more...! Very well filmed and good image quality, the best we had so far, and totally charming video as the camera follow a young Chinese boy discovering the park!

Jump right HERE, don't miss it, and see you soon for new Disney and more updates!

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