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First Look: Shanghai Disneyland Model Unveiled

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Earlier today at The Walt Disney Company Annual Meeting of Shareholders, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger unveiled the first image of a model of Shanghai Disneyland Park that we just knew you’d want to see.
Model of Shanghai Disneyland Park

The image shows a portion of the Shanghai Disneyland model and its beautiful 11-acre green space at the center of the park. You also get a closer look at the unique design and scale of Enchanted Storybook Castle, the iconic central attraction of the theme park.

During today’s meeting, Bob said the one-of-a-kind destination will be authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese. “We believe this will be one of the most spectacular Disney experiences yet – and an important part of our future,” he said. “We look forward to opening the gates at the end of 2015 and welcoming the first of the millions of guests who will enjoy Shanghai Disneyland for generations to come.”

On opening day, Shanghai Disney Resort will include Shanghai Disneyland, two themed hotels, a dining and entertainment venue, recreational facilities, a lake and associated parking and transportation hubs.

Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said, “We are incredibly excited about the developments and progress of the Disney resort in Shanghai, one of the world’s most vibrant cities. Shanghai Disney Resort will bring a classic Disney Parks experience to mainland China and will immerse Chinese guests in a whole new world of creativity, imagination and adventure that only Disney can deliver.”

Be sure and check back here on the Disney Parks Blog for more updates on Shanghai Disneyland.


  • The planned walk under the water to an island sounds much like PDL Big Thunder without Big Thunder. Is there a 5th Big Thunder in their future on this island? Will their be steam trains circling the park lands? Grandfather wants to know as that’s his opportunity to sit and still move with the grand kids.

  • A big lake?! Can we assume World of Color or something similar will be their Nighttime Spectacular? Also, is this all inside the main gates? So is there not the traditional Main St? I have so many questions!

  • #3 Katie – Click on the “Enchanted Storybook Castle” link above, in the paragraph just below the picture, to get more details from another article dated August 19th, 2011.

  • Whose castle is it supposed to be? looks like a mix

  • I absolutely can not wait to go! When this opens up I’m going to Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland! I believe I saw a model of this at the D23 expo 2011? I love the idea of having a ride inside the castle sounds so interesting. This is so beautiful I can’t get over it!

  • I don’t usually post on here too often, but this was too good to not comment on. This looks amazing! I don’t know if I’ll ever get to see it in person, but this is incredibly AMAZING!

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