March 24, 2014
Dinosaurs Invade Shanghai Disneyland
Shanghai Disneyland is becoming quite the Magic Kingdom! Anyone who was thinking the suits would twist the Imagineers' hands into creating another mini-Disneyland a la Hong Kong Disneyland or another Florida kingdom as what happened at Tokyo Disneyland looks to be proved wrong. From the looks of the plans, the company is going the Disneyland Paris route and creating something brand new. With no Main Street, no Space Mountain but instead Tron Lightcycles Power Run and a brand new take on Pirates of the Caribbean, the park with have its own unique identity from opening day. And just look at that castle with its Crystal Grotto cruise inside it!
Treasure Cove, home of Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle of the Sunken Treasure, is not the only area of the park to be filled with thrills and exotic locales. Adventure Isle will be home to a brand new attraction, a Roaring Rapids whitewater cruise rumored to be filled with dinosaurs. The piece of concept art (above) was originally designed for Hong Kong and an Adventureland themed coaster. The idea was cut, and the dinosaurs were saved for mainland China instead.
By the looks of it all, with a stunning Tomorrowland and two exotic lands to explore, Shanghai Disneyland could be the least princess focused park ever designed by Disney. That alone could make the trip a very worthwhile one for this writer!
(Art copyright The Walt Disney Company.)