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Shanghai Disneyland’s Treasure Cove Unveiled

posted on March 18th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


On this day in 1967, Pirates of the Caribbean debuted at Disneyland in Anaheim. Nearly 50 years later, as part of The Walt Disney Company Annual Meeting of Shareholders, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger unveiled creative details including the first-ever Pirates-themed land and a new Pirates of the Caribbean attraction designed for the Shanghai Disney Resort. We wanted you to be among the first to have all the details.

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“Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the most iconic attractions in our parks, and we really couldn’t imagine Shanghai Disneyland without Pirates,” said Bob Iger, Disney chairman and CEO. “We wanted to create a one-of-a-kind experience that would appeal to our Chinese guests while remaining true to its Disney heritage.”

For the first time ever, a Disney Park will be home to a Pirates-themed land—Treasure Cove—and an e-ticket attraction called Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle of the Sunken Treasure. The attraction will feature a combination of new technology and innovation to bring guests along a pirate adventure with Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Davy Jones, providing our guests who visit the Shanghai Disneyland Park an experience unlike anything else in the world.

“We are extremely proud of all the work underway to bring the Shanghai Disney Resort to life,” said Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “And we’re excited to re-imagine the iconic world and characters of Pirates for the first time as an entire land that celebrates the creativity, imagination and adventure of both the fan favorite attraction and the popular film franchise.”

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The announcement coincides with the completion of key structural work on the Pirates attraction, and marks another exciting milestone in the resort development. Progress continues with construction and Shanghai Disney Resort remains on target to open by the end of 2015.

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First Look: ‘Garden of the Twelve Friends’ to Feature Mosaic Murals at Shanghai Disneyland

posted on December 5th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Our progress towards the late 2015 opening of Shanghai Disneyland continues to gain momentum. Earlier today, we announced our first corporate alliance partner for Shanghai Disney Resort: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), one of the most respected companies in China. The agreement provides for a strong branded presence at the resort for ICBC, including sponsorship of a key component of the Gardens of Imagination, which form the central hub of the new park in the forecourt of the park’s iconic castle. The ICBC -sponsored component, called “Garden of the Twelve Friends,” will celebrate each of the 12 Chinese Zodiac characters.

“Since the opening of Disneyland in Anaheim nearly 60 years ago, we have sought to establish strong partnerships with businesses that are well-respected leaders in their industries and the communities in which they operate. We are continuing that legacy with this agreement and we are thrilled that our first major alliance partnership for the Shanghai Disney Resort is with such an esteemed partner as ICBC,” said Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

“The ‘Garden of the Twelve Friends’ is an excellent example of how we are creating experiences and attractions that are designed with our Chinese guests in mind, and rooted in Disney characters and storytelling,” he added.

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The “Garden of the Twelve Friends” will be located inside the 11-acre collection of gardens and other attractions which lies at the center of the theme park. In addition to the mosaic tiles, the garden will feature a beautiful grove of peach trees, and provide guests with amazing views of the Enchanted Storybook Castle as well as a stunning backdrop for photo opportunities.

We are pleased to share a first look at one of the handmade glass tile mosaic murals that will be found in the “Garden of the Twelve Friends” at Shanghai Disneyland. Each Chinese Zodiac sign will be represented by a Disney or Pixar character. So for example, the Chinese Zodiac for Year of the Rat will be Remy from Ratatouille.

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The “Garden of the Twelve Friends” can be viewed when gates open at Shanghai Disney Resort at the end of 2015. Be sure and check back here on the Disney Parks Blog for more updates.

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Update: Vertical Construction Begins on Theme Park at Shanghai Disney Resort

posted on October 17th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Earlier today, we celebrated another significant milestone at Shanghai Disney Resort with the installation of the first steel column at the resort’s theme park. It’s a moment that marks the start of vertical construction at Shanghai Disneyland, the theme park that’ll eventually include Enchanted Storybook Castle – our largest and most interactive Disney castle.
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“This is a great moment for everyone working on the Shanghai Disney Resort and underscores the continued progress we are making as we bring this extraordinary project to life,” said Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “With each passing day as our new resort takes shape, we become more excited to welcome our firsts guests in late 2015.”

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Leaders from The Walt Disney Company as well as the Shanghai Disney Resort Management Company and the Shanghai Shendi Group gathered at the site to celebrate the occasion with construction workers.

The resort will initially be comprised of Shanghai Disneyland, a Magic Kingdom-style park that will blend classic Disney storytelling and characters with new attractions, experiences and entertainment tailored specifically for the people of China. There will also be two themed hotels, a large retail, dining and entertainment venue, recreational facilities, a lake and associated parking and transportation hubs.

As work continues on Shanghai Disney Resort, be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog for the latest updates.

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Construction Begins on Shanghai Disneyland Castle

posted on June 29th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Several months ago, we shared a first look at a model of Shanghai Disneyland Park that included Enchanted Storybook Castle, the iconic central attraction of the entire theme park. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that construction work on the castle is now underway.

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In the photo, you’ll notice the first concrete piles that will support Enchanted Storybook Castle being installed at the site. When work is completed, it’ll be the world’s tallest and most interactive Disney castle.

The Castle will include entertainment, dining and performance spaces as well as a magnificent winding staircase in the heart of the castle that’ll lead guests on a “Once Upon a Time Adventure,” featuring Disney Princesses. It’ll also feature a boat ride attraction with a secret underground chamber, in which fountains of light will leap and dance in shimmering pools.

As work continues on Shanghai Disneyland Park, be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog for the latest updates.

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