First Look: Shanghai Disneyland
Released by Tom Staggs at the Walt Disney Company’s Investor Conference held earlier this week, the artwork gives us a first official glance of what the park may look like, and from all appearances, it will be very different from anything else we’ve seen.
While the picture is rather small and short on detail, it does appear to involve a castle, a mountain (an Everest ride? Or some other mountain thrill ride?), and lots and lots of water. Notably absent from the picture is a Main Street, U.S.A. entrance.
According to Staggs’ address to shareholders, Disney is still awaiting final approval from the central government for the project to get fully underway; however, the company expects that the park will be open and functional in approximately five years. Because of interest in the Disney brand, and the great potential for expansion, Disney sees its latest park as an exciting opportunity for growth. In fact, in his address Staggs called China “the most exciting opportunity we’ve had since Walt first bought land in Florida in 1964.”
We’ll watch closely for more detail around this new park, which should prove to be an exciting new destination for lovers of Disney.