Disney unveils more details, scale model of Shanghai Disneyland

Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger presents a scale model of the 963-acre Shanghai Disneyland theme park.
Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger presents a scale model of the 963-acre Shanghai Disneyland theme park.

Walt Disney Co. on Wednesday unveiled more details about the Shanghai Disneyland resort slated to open next spring as well as a scale model of the 963-acre theme park.

Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger presented a scale model of the theme park in a presentation at the Shanghai Expo Center, while company representatives and costumed Disney characters entertained visitors with park graphics, meet-and-greets and production numbers.

The company also confirmed more details of the resort, which is 57% owned by Shanghai Shendi Group and 43% owned by Walt Disney Co. Shanghai Disney will have six themed sections, including Adventure Isle; Gardens of Imagination; Mickey Avenue; Tomorrowland; Treasure Cove; and Fantasyland.

The resort will also have Wishing Star Park, which covers about 100 acres and includes a 1.5-mile walking path that traverses gardens. Additionally, Shanghai Disney will include the art nouveau-themed, 420-room Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and 800-room Toy Story Hotel as well as the Disneytown entertainment and dining district.

Among the resort's specific attractions will be Enchanted Storybook Castle, which will be tallest and largest castle of any Disney theme park; a roller coaster based on the "Tron" films; and the first-ever Mandarin production of "The Lion King."

The "Tron" roller coaster will be featured in the Tomorrowland section, seen here in a rendering.
The "Tron" roller coaster will be featured in the Tomorrowland section, seen here in a rendering.

Shanghai Disney broke ground 2011 in the city's Pudong district. Last April, Shanghai Shendi and Walt Disney Co. said they'd increase their investment into the 963-acre park by about $800 million to bring the total investment to about $5.5 billion. 

The resort will be Walt Disney Co.'s first theme park in mainland China. Hong Kong Disneyland opened in 2005.

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