A long time ago in theme park really, really close…
… Disney CEO Bob Iger unveiled a new ‘Star Wars Land’ for Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In this post, I’ll dive into everything we know about this new Disney ‘Land’ here in California, including a few educated guesses on how it might look.
The last new land unique to Shanghai Disneyland (SDL) is Adventure Isle. Combined with the pirate-themed area of Treasure Cove, it’s like a ‘plussed up’ version of the Adventureland we’re all used to with a few, somewhat different ride offerings.
A New Land With ‘Kind Of New’ Attractions
Adventure Isle is located in the far West corner of SDL, immediately to the right of Mickey Avenue, the space usually occupied by Tomorrowland in every other Disneyland-style theme park. It will be a jungle themed area, contrasting with the seaside coves and villages of Treasure Cove next door and you can see from the image above that these two areas will take up a sizable part of the park.
Two major attractions will anchor Adventure Isle: Roaring Rapids and Soarin’ Over The Horizon.
I hope Imagineers will craft a story heavily influenced by this great book. Imagine that you’re a part of the expedition itself and you just happen to float through this prehistoric land when something goes terribly wrong and you have to escape back to civilization, barely escaping a deadly fate.
If the Roaring Rapids ride concept sounds familiar, that’s because it’s been used and recycled through many Disney rides and movies we all know and love. The ‘Lost World’ concept directly relates to the Disney/Pixar movie ‘UP’ where two unwitting characters happen upon an ancient South American mesa, populated by dangerous and never before seen creatures.
Though Roaring Rapids is constructed on a grander scale, Imagineers have already built several rafting rides at Disney resorts with a moderate amount of detail. At Disney California Adventure we have Grizzly River Run, the longest, tallest, and fastest river rapids ride in the world, but with little extra Disney theming (though there are rumors this will change soon).
The Animal Kingdom is home to Kali River Rapids, which is also a great ride but weak in the theme department. Will Roaring Rapids do a better job of fascinating and immersing guests in a story line as well as getting them soaking wet?
Roaring Rapids will also be the only (or first) Disney ‘mountain’ in Shanghai Disneyland. As you may recall, when the original Disneyland was built, there weren’t any mountain themed attractions.
The birth of the Disney mountain range began in 1959 with the construction of the Matterhorn and continued with Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, and Splash Mountain, as well as other ‘mountains’ in other resorts across the globe. Can we expect similar attraction ‘tectonic activity’ at the Shanghai Disney Resort?
Soarin’ Over The Horizon
As I said above, the second major ride in Adventure Isle will be Soarin’ Over The Horizon. Guests will ride in suspended rack of seats, flying a hang glider over the Earth.
A direct reboot of the original attraction Soarin’ Over California in Disney California Adventure, the Shanghai version will use the same ride system with different movie scenes from across the planet. It’s exciting and relieving that Disney is finally upgrading the Soarin’ ride. I love the original, but it’s been running the same footage at DCA since 2001 and in its EPCOT clone since 2005.
I don’t think the Soarin’ ride in California will change to the world footage, because it’s showcasing the theme of the entire park, but rumor has it that EPCOT get an upgrade. A flight specifically over the Golden State has always been out-of-place there and a more all-encompassing and all-embracing journey around the globe is a better fit for the nearby lands of the EPCOT World Showcase.
Roaring Rapids Versus Enchanted Storybook Castle
Like everything else in SDL, it looks like Adventure Isle will be dwarfed by the Enchanted Storybook Castle. Roaring Rapids in particular, though, looks like it might be large enough to stand on its own.
If the entire area is immersed in a jungle atmosphere, with thick trees and other foliage, that combined with the Rapids structure might be enough to cover up the castle and leave the rugged adventure theming intact.
While not an entirely new creation, Adventure Isle is different enough to remain mysterious but familiar enough to be comfortable for the seasoned guest. I can’t wait to see what it looks like when it’s finished!
What do you think about this ‘new’ land in Shanghai? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and we’ll see ya’ real soon!
Shanghai Disneyland is adding a few new lands to the Disney map, including Mickey Avenue and Adventure Isle. Today we’ll look at another new area, the first truly pirate-themed land on planet Disney, Treasure Cove.
The Adventurous Side Of The Park
While the middle section of Shanghai Disneyland (SDL), from the entrance through the Garden of the Twelve Friends to Fantasyland, will have a whimsical feel, the entire West side of Shanghai Disneyland seems to be built with a more extreme theme in mind.
Treasure Cove and Adventure Isle will be more like big-boy lands, encompassing the rugged promises of Adventureland other Disney parks don’t really deliver (for better or worse). It’s as if Imagineers are capitalizing on this opportunity to remake their theme park reputation in a land that doesn’t have the ‘polite-thrill’ image of Disney rides ingrained in its culture yet.
Like the everything else in the park, the Enchanted Storybook Castle will dwarf everything in Treasure Cove. I wonder how they’ll work this fairy tale monument into the grittier pirate atmosphere.
A Different Pirates Of The Caribbean Ride And Stunt Show
Treasure Cove will be home to several new pirate attractions. The first, Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Sunken Treasure, is a new spin on the POTC we all know and love from other Disneyland-style parks. Expect a lot more Captain Jack Sparrow and a lot less 60’s magic on this one.
Another confirmed addition is a Pirate-themed Stunt Show Spectacular. Other than the fact that it will exist, almost nothing else is known about this show right now.
The last rumored Treasure Cove attraction is tentatively called ‘Explorer Canoes,’ which might be a Caribbean copy of Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes already found at several Disney parks. If this ride is eventually constructed, it might be in the large, now empty area near the Garden of the Twelve Friends.
At the back of Treasure Cove there’s a large water pond. It’s not yet clear what this could be for, but I suspect its a storage basin for the park dark water system. Like it’s counterpart at the original Disneyland, I think the pond will be the recycling point for water between all the lakes and water attractions in SDL. I’ve included a picture of the Anaheim Disneyland dark water system for reference.
Treasure Cove looks like it’ll be a great place to soak in some Imagineering pirate-theming and a few great new attractions. Along with the Tron lightcycle roller coaster in Tomorrowland, this area will definitely be on my shortlist when I visit Shanghai Disneyland someday.
What do you think about Disney’s new land? What’s the new Pirates of the Caribbean going to look like? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and we’ll see ya’ real soon!
One item that every Disneyland-style theme park has is a Fantasyland, and Shanghai Disneyland (SDL) is no exception. There’s a lot of rumors about what the latest incarnation might hold, so we’ll take a look at what’s actually there now and mix the few facts we do know with some educated guesses.
The Newest Fantasyland Sits Behind the Enchanted Storybook Castle
Like its predecessors, SDL’s Fantasyland will lie directly behind the castle. Entry to the land will be similar to the Magic Kingdom, where guests will have to walk around the performance stage on the hub side to walk through the castle structure.
This is different from Sleeping Beauty Castle in the original Disneyland, where you can walk straight up and through into the courtyard beyond with any side trips. As an aside, I prefer the latter style of castle design. It gives to whole park a more cozy, accessible feel, like you’re part of a large family that’s welcoming you into their magic land. Instead, the version being constructed, as well as the one in Florida, project exclusion a little bit of snobbery. I’m sure a bunch of people will disagree, but I’m a SoCal boy, so I’m admittedly biased.
As you can see from this 3D image, the Enchanted Storybook Castle will tower over Fantasyland like the rest of the park. This might be a good thing on hot summer days, when it will throw a huge shadow over half of the area in the afternoon.
Fantasyland’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Clone
One of the few rides that’s certain to be in the newest Fantasyland is the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Recently completed at the Magic Kingdom, the new one in Shanghai will probably be a direct clone. Look at the comparison picture between the two rides below and you’ll notice a nearly identical track design between attractions.
The mine train ride is a low-intensity roller coaster, combined with a section of dark-ride, where you can see the dwarfs dig for gems. There isn’t a lot of dialogue in this section, mostly grunts and guffaws. As you climb a lift at the end of the mine, the characters break into the famous ‘Heigh-Ho’ song and march you down the next hill.
A first, I thought it was weird that Disney was recreating an attraction in China based on an old animated film. I often hear that China is very exclusionary about allowing foreign films into their markets and that most people there hadn’t seen the classic Disney films we all grew up with (which accounts for a lot of the differences in attractions in Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland).
I guess Disney is/has been trying to make up for lost time as it were, by introducing classic films that can be completely new again to a culture that hasn’t been exposed to them before. A simple Google search found a copy of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs dubbed in Mandarin Chinese, which I have no doubt will be sold at a gift shop next door to the mine train ride.
As far as other Fantasyland rides, shops, attractions go, your guess is as good as anyone else’s. The rumor mill says there will be rides based on Peter Pan, Winnie the Pooh, and Alice in Wonderland. We’ll have to wait a while longer to see what surprises the other buildings will hold.
I have no doubt there will be some version of a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Fantasyland, starting the inevitable process of Disney-fying whole new generations of Chinese girls. I’m also sure the nearby Treasure Cove will have a Pirate’s League for the boys. It’ll be great to see the cultural impacts of this in years to come.
Will a simple set of movies, rides, and gift shops give humanity a common point-of-reference? Will it become the mutual goal of Man to visit a Disney them park at least once in our lifetimes, a goal now more attainable for a billion more people?
These last two images are mostly just for perspective, to give you an idea of how Shanghai Disneyland is unfolding. Fantasyland sits behind the castle at the rear of the park, directly opposite Mickey Avenue and the Garden of the Twelve Friends. SDL’s Tomorrowland lies counter-clockwise to the East.
Every Disneyland-style theme park has a some version of a Tomorrowland and, when it opens in 2015/16, so will Shanghai Disneyland (SDL). However, like so many details at this second Chinese park, the SDL version of this area will have more than a few differences from the others. Let’s take a look.
Shanghai’s Tomorrowland Is In The Wrong Place
The first thing that sets Shanghai’s Tomorrowland apart is its physical location in the park.
Every other Tomorrowland lies on the right side of the park, to the right as you enter the hub at the end of Main Street. Shanghai Disneyland’s sits on the left side of the park, immediately left as you enter the Garden of the Twelve Friends at the end of Mickey Avenue.
I’ve included a picture from the original Disneyland from reference. Tomorrowland is circled in green.
Tomorrowland Has A Mix Of Old And New Attractions
Other than its singular location, the SDL version of Tomorrowland will have a mix of classic and unique attractions come opening day.
The first ride you’ll see will be the Jet Packs, which will be an updated version of the Rocket Jets ride that has existed in one form or another in Disneyland-style parks since 1955. Guests will probably ride in rocket-themed cars that fly through the air, attached via long arms to a spinning base in the middle. Look at the Disneyland Astro Oribtor to get the general idea.
Next to the Jet Packs will be a large building housing two attractions: Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue and the Stitch Encounter. I would expect these rides to be mostly clones as well, though heavily themed and influenced to mainland Chinese taste.
Every Disney resort, other than the original in California, has a Stitch Encounter type of ride and no doubt the one in Shanghai will be very similar.
The same can also be said for the Buzz Lightyear ride, except that even the original Disneyland has a copy of that ride. Rumor has it that the Shanghai version of the now classic ride will use different technology than its forebears.
While I’m sure it will be a point-and-shoot style of ride like the others, perhaps the Imagineers are using the ‘local positioning system‘ style of ride navigation (like in Pooh’s Hunny Hunt) instead of the traditional omnimover system (like in the Haunted Mansion). It would be neat to have the ablity to steer your space vehicle all over the place on your way through the ride, instead of being locked into a single course of action.
I’d also expect the Buzz attraction to be more heavily themed, with a better story line within the ride itself, than it’s predecessors, which kind of resemble modern-day carnival attractions.
Arena E will be your standard stage and performance venue. They’ll probably have a series of daily themed shows, bands, and acts playing this area, like the Tomorrowland Stage at Disneyland.
The real gem of Shanghai’s Tomorrowland is the TRON Lightcycle Power Run attraction. Unique to SDL (to my dismay), the ride will be an indoor/outdoor roller coaster themed to the grid-world of the movie TRON.
I absolutely can’t wait to ride it and this single attraction is probably the main reason I’ll have to visit Shanghai Disneyland someday (unless they build one closer to home). There aren’t many details out yet about this coaster, but I’d expect it to be similar in feel to Space Mountain and the Aerosmith Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster, mixed with the angular simplicity of the newly themed interior to Test Track at EPCOT.
Imagine riding a dark, indoor roller coaster, blasting through the game grid as programs buzz all around you in their lightcycles, all to the awesome Daft Punk score from TRON:Legacy.
It gives me goosebumps! We do know that the ride is being built by Vekoma, a Dutch company that makes a bunch of different types of ride systems. One rumor in particular says the TRON Lightcycle ride will be a version of Vekoma’s Motor Bike Launch Coaster, where you are actually strapped into a group of motorcycles sitting on top of a steel track. This looks and sound awesome!
Tomorrowland Sits In The Shadow Of Storybook Castle
These last few pictures give you a perspective of where Tomorrowland sits in relation to the front of Shanghai Disneyland, particularly Mickey Avenue and the Garden of the Twelve Friends.
You can see how Storybook Castle will really dwarf everything around it and I wonder how this will affect the theming of the rest of the park, with Tomorrowland in particular. I’m afraid Imagineers will go to a bunch of trouble to place you in a far off world or digital frontier and then you’ll look over and see this totally out-of-place fairy tale castle, ruining the illusion. Only time will tell if I’m right.
While Shanghai’s Tomorrowland will start with a few standard clone rides, the new TRON Lightcycle attraction will definitely make it worth visiting. I’m sure Disney will add more a bunch of regional touches to the land as well, so it won’t feel like a direct copy of Disneyland or the Magic Kingdom.
That’s all for today. Thanks for reading and we’ll see ya’ real soon!
All Disney theme parks built in the Disneyland-style share similar components, but with a regional flavor. At Shanghai Disneyland (SDL), instead of entering the park along Main Street, USA, you find Mickey Avenue.
And instead of entering the simple hub of the park, at SDL you find a uniquely Chinese creation: The Garden of the Twelve Friends.
Gardens Themed To The Twelve Signs Of The Chinese Zodiac
After passing through Mickey Avenue, the first land you’ll find is The Garden of the Twelve Friends. It’s an 11-acre park area, comprising scenic ponds, tree-lined walkways, several rides, and at least one gazebo. At the very end of the garden, and directly opposite the entrance to the park, sits the massive Enchanted Storybook Castle.
Here’s a list of each sign and some Disney characters that could be used to represent it:
Rat (Remy from Ratatouille, Basil of Baker Street from the Great Mouse Detective, Bernard and Bianca from The Rescuers)
Ox (Babe the Big Blue Ox from Paul Bunyan)
Tiger (Shere Kahn from the Jungle Book, Rajah from Aladdin)
Rabbit (Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh, White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland)
Dragon (Mushu from Mulan, Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty)
Snake (Kaa from the Jungle Book)
Horse (Maximus from Tangled)
Monkey (King Louie from the Jungle Book, Kala from Tarzan)
Rooster (Alan-a-Dale from Robin Hood)
Dog (Lady or the Tramp, Bolt, Dogs from 101 Dalmatians, Dug from UP)
Pig (Hamm from Toy Story)
The Garden of the Twelve Friends was originally called the ‘Gardens of Imagination’ in early plans. In 2013, the Shanghai Disney Resort signed a multi-year agreement with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, leading to the name change and the later zodiac theme.
Fantasyland Rides Out In Front
At the front of the garden will be a ‘Storytellers’-type statue, either identical to the one in Disney California Adventure or at least very similar. As you enter the area, the Fantasia Carousel will be immediately on your right.
In yet another difference from typical Disneyland-style parks, rumor has it that this carousel will be entirely horses, but an entire menagerie of characters from many Disney films, including those from the movie Fantasia. How cool would it be to ride Pegasus or a Centaur?
In the back of the garden, closer to the castle, we find Dumbo the Flying Elephant. I’d expect this attraction to be very close in detail to the attraction of same name in Disneyland, rather than it’s recent, flashier sister in New Fantasyland at the Magic the Kingdom.
Enchanted Storybook Castle Is Huge
Massively, undeniably, the star of the garden is Enchanted Storybook Castle. Sitting at 197 feet, it easily dwarfs all other Disney park castles, not to mention Shanghai Disneyland itself.
I’ve included several Tron-looking 3D images, so you can get a feel of just how massive the castle will be in relation to the buildings around it.
I’ve also included an image looking down Mickey Avenue at Enchanted Storybook Castle.
To put it’s size in perspective in another way, I’ve included an image comparing it to Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland. Sleeping Beauty Castle stands only 77 feet tall, almost one-third the size of the new Enchanted Storybook Castle!
Enchanted Storybook Castle will not only be bigger than all the others, it will have more in it as well, including princess meet-and-greets, shops, and places to eat.
It’s hard to imagine just how beautiful The Garden of the Twelve Friends will be. Being a uniquely Chinese creation, it’ll be interesting to see how Walt Disney Imagineering translates classic Disney/Pixar characters and ideas into a format that honors Chinese tradition while still be entertaining.
That’s it for this week. What do you think about The Garden of the Twelve Friends? Do you have any ideas about possible Disney characters that match with the Chinese zodiac? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and we’ll see ya’ real soon!
Shanghai Disneyland is built on the model of the original Disneyland, using tried-and-true rules for park design and layout. However, unlike most other Disneyland-style theme parks, Shanghai Disneyland won’t have a Main Street, USA. It’ll have a Mickey Avenue.
Shanghai Disneyland’s Front Entrance
The only other Disney park without a Main Street is Tokyo Disneyland, where the main entrance street is the World Bazaar. Another Shanghai difference from the standard Disney park will be the style of Mickey Avenue.
According to rumor, Mickey Avenue will be built like Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland in California. Instead of having a gentile 1900’s atmosphere, the shops, storefronts, and ‘apartments’ of the avenue will belong Mickey and his friends. The building architecture will have a zany feel. Think ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit‘ and you’ll get the idea.
At the front entrance to Shanghai Disneyland is a large flat Esplanade, linking the park gates with the shopping area Disney Town and a lakefront walkway to the Resort Metro Station.
Two ticket booths flank the entrance to Shanghai Disneyland. No doubt long lines of would-be guests will trail out into the Esplanade, either waiting to buy tickets or to get into the park. It’s not clear whether SDL will have the MyMagic+ method of entry, with wireless RFID wristbands, or standard turnstiles.
Like other Disney parks, SDL will have a large floral Mickey front and center to greet guests when they enter the park. The avenue will also probably be the only entrance and exit from the park. It’s seems that, with a completely blank slate from which to create, Disney planners would have provided for better traffic control and built two, parallel ways in and out of the park. Check out my plan for this idea at the original Disneyland.
Mickey Avenue Shops
As I said, Mickey Avenue will have a more whimsical feel than its counterparts around the world. In this 3D view, you can see several buildings under construction on both sides of the street. These will house a lot of the standard shops and park administration buildings we’ve come to expect in parks like Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom.
Mickey Avenue will probably have a first aid and baby care center and stroller rentals. Restaurants themed for Chip and Dale, Pinocchio, and Timothy Mouse are also rumored, as well as a Carefree Corner. I would expect to see a ‘Main Street Emporium’ type of anchor store taking up a large part of one building, as well as various other gifts shops selling everything from t-shirts to kitchenware.
Mickey Avenue is really going to be something to see when it’s all over. It will combine traditional Disney traffic flow models by providing a single entrance and exit to the castle hub. However, instead of the sedate and stylish Victorian vibe you get from Main Street, USA, we’ll jump straight into the world of imagination with Mickey and his friends.
What do you think about the unique design plans for Mickey Avenue? Leave me a comment and let me know. That’s all for today. See ya’ real soon!
Disney resorts are built like a magical labyrinth, designed to keep guests on property and spending money their on Disney events, meals, and merchandise. The perfect example is Walt Disney World, where every conceivable Disney desire has been anticipated and provided for like a well-oiled machine.
By creating a proprietary shopping area and a variety of convenient transportation options, Disney planners have stuck to their tried-and-true methods and created a few more twists in the magical maze of the Shanghai Disney Resort (SDR).
Disney Town: Shanghai Disneyland’s Shopping Mall
Other than Hong Kong, every Disney resort has some kind of a ‘Downtown Disney’ type of shopping area, usually at the entrance to one or more theme parks. True to form, the SDR is getting its own shopping mall called Disney Town, which sits at the front entrance to Shanghai Disneyland and straddles the resort mass transit facilities.
When complete, Disney Town will host a number of themed restaurants, a World of Disney store, a multi-screen movie theater, and a Broadway-style theater.
Lots Of Mass Transit Options At The SDR
A large parking lot for buses, taxis and other mass transit vehicles sits directly to the West of Disney Town. To the East is the Shanghai Disney Resort Metro Station. Highly themed and built specifically for the resort, it will be the terminus for Metro Lines 2 and 11 and connect the SDR with urban Shanghai and surrounding areas.
Disney Town is seated in a prime location. All guests visiting SDL from the bus parking lot or the Toy Story and Shanghai Disneyland Hotels will have to walk right past its shops on their way to the park.
Also, a beautiful walkway will embrace the lakefront between Disney Town and the Metro Station, bringing foot traffic to Disney shops from there as well.
The shops and restaurants of Disney Town are a welcome addition to the SDR and round out the resort offerings. Similar to Walt Disney World, if you show up a day early or leave a day late, you’ll still be able to go someplace within the resort and get an extra dose of Disney.
Disney Town will also attract more local guests, who can take the train to the resort for a fun dinner without paying for a park ticket or fighting busy freeway traffic.
That’s it for this edition of Monday MapDay. Next week we’ll take a look inside Shanghai Disneyland itself and see what passes for Main Street USA in the new park. Thanks for reading and we’ll see ya’ real soon!
There has to be more to it than the mere presence of a theme park. Is it the fancy fences? The clockwork precision of the parking lot trams? A Mickey Mouse picture on a sign somewhere?
While there are probably a thousand components that come together to create a singularly Disney resort (many of which we’ll discuss in other posts), one of these has to be the existence of a Disneyland Hotel.
The Disneyland Hotel
Every Disney resort to date has some version of a Disneyland Hotel (DLH).
The original hotel is in Anaheim, California and opened in 1956, a year after the original Disneyland debuted. Walt did want to include a hotel when he opened the park, but funds were tight and he didn’t have any extra the money to do so. Initially built more like a vintage Holiday Inn motor lodge, with all outdoor rooms, the original DLH now features three recently renovated glass towers with a modern design.
Walt Disney World doesn’t specifically have a ‘Disneyland Hotel’ because it doesn’t specifically have a ‘Disneyland,’ but a Magic Kingdom. Several hotels opened along with that park in October 1981, but the real DLH-type property didn’t come along until the Grand Floridian in 1988.
The Disneyland Hotel in France, opened in 1992, was built right into Disneyland Paris and in fact sits over the entry gates. Next came the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel in 2005 and the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel in 2008.
All of these hotels, other than the original DLH, were built in the Victorian style and rumor has it we can expect the same from the next hotel in the series- the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel (SDLH).
Shanghai Gets It’s Own Disneyland Hotel
The Shanghai Disneyland Hotel sits along the major North-South road that runs through the resort. The hotel is designed with two ‘u’ shaped wings. One wing embraces the lake shore in front of it, no doubt with spectacular views of Storybook Castle in Shanghai Disneyland across the water. The other wing embraces the parking lot.
Try to imagine which rooms will be more expensive.
How Big Is The Shanghai Disneyland Hotel?
Based on measurements of the building outline, each floor of the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel is about 122,000 sq ft. If it were to have three floors, that’s over 360,000 sq ft!
That’s 8 acres or roughly the size of the Grand Floridian Hotel in Disney World. Following that train of thought, that would give the SDLH about 800 quests rooms, with an average size of 400 sq ft per room. The larger size of the hotel parking lot seems to verify this size estimate.
As I mentioned above, the hotel will be built in a Victorian style, similar to the image above. If the SDLH is anything like its worldwide counterparts, we can expect it to be a luxurious establishment. All of the other Disneyland Hotel’s are rated 4 1/2 stars or better and have fine dining and shopping locations.
This will not be a bargain place to stay. For that, I recommend the Toy Story Hotel closer the park.
When it’s finished, the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel will really be something to see. And we’ll keep you updated with new construction imagery as it comes to us. Thanks for reading and see ya’ real soon!