Sunday, February 22, 2015

Aerial Antics: Shanghai Disneyland

Google has added some recent aerial images of Shanghai Disneyland, one of our first good looks at what construction crews have been working on the last few years.  Here is an image of the entire resort, with a central lake and Shanghai Disneyland in the upper left.  Like Hong Kong Disneyland, there's room for an entire second park in the upper right - in the far off future, of course.  The resort's two initial hotels are located at the bottom of the central lake, and just to the left of the theme park.

Located adjacent to the entrance to the theme park is an entertainment district, similar in concept to Downtown Disney.  It features various retailers and dining, along with a permanent theatre showing The Lion King.

Just above the park's Gardens of Imagination 'hub' area, the Enchanted Storybook Castle can be seen in the lower right of this image.  Beyond it is Fantasyland, which includes a handful of dark rides and you can also spot a clone of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in the upper right.

This is a close-up look at the rumored Tron themed roller coaster in Tomorrowland.  The ride's track will exit the main building seen here, and zoom through a covered area in the lower right.  If you look close you can follow the coaster's tracks as it heads out of the building and then eventually back in.

Shanghai Disneyland will feature a first of its kind Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, which requires the massive show building seen here.

Finally, this is a river rapids ride that heads up onto and then into a fake mountain.  You can see the station area in the lower left, the lift running up the mountainside, and then eventually the trough disappears inside the structure.  It eventually emerges, and I'm fairly certain that you can see a drop near the end of the ride.

There's a lot of other details you can pick out if you study the images closely, take a look if you like!  Also check out some recent photos from ground level via the Theme Park Guy.