The sixth amusement park from the folks who brought you Mickey Mouse, the Magic Kingdom, Pixar and a buttload of princesses is coming to Shanghai. Disney chief executive Bob Iger revealed that the Shanghai Disneyland will feature six themed lands — Mickey Avenue, Gardens of Imagination, Fantasyland, Adventure Isle, Treasure Cove and, despite the movie bombing in theatres, Tomorrowland.
Unlike the Orlando Tomorrowland’s usual hot-ticket attraction, Space Mountain, it’ll be the Shanghai park’s Tron roller-coaster, Lightcycle Power Run, that’ll have visitors scrambling for Fast Passes.
Fantasyland will feature a new version of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and the Voyage to the Crystal Grotto ride, which will run underneath the giant castle. The Enchanted Storybook Castle is said to be bigger than all of Disney’s other parks and will be the first to include all the beloved princesses.
There’ll be a cinematic Skywalker experience, and visitors can also meet Star Wars heroes and villains while checking out sets and props from the sci-fi saga. A visit to Marvel Universe will allow guests to attend a “mission briefing” and meet Iron Man and Spider-Man.
Aside from the Tron coaster, Tomorrowland will also feature a new Buzz Lightyear attraction and jet-pack simulator. And over at Treasure Cove, there’ll be a new pirate-themed attraction.
Also expect a 420-room Shanghai Disneyland Hotel as well as an 800-room hotel dedicated to Toy Story.
Right next to the park is Disneytown, a shopping, dining and entertainment district that will house the Walt Disney Grand Theater; it’ll feature the world’s first Mandarin version of the musical The Lion King. The town will boast Shanghai’s traditional Shikumen-style architecture.
“We are building something truly special here in Shanghai that not only showcases the best of Disney’s storytelling, but also celebrates and incorporates China’s incredibly rich heritage, to create a one-of-a-kind destination that will delight and entertain the people of China for generations to come,” said Iger.
Shanghai Disneyland is Disney’s first theme park in mainland China and joins the parks in Orlando, Anaheim, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Paris.