August 28, 2014

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Universal Studios Japan

After my summer internship at Walt Disney Shanghai, I am happy to be back in Singapore and continue my university studies. But before being occupied by all the school work, I dropped by Universal Studios Japan in Osaka to visit the Japan's version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (ウィザーディング・ワールド・オブ・ハリー・ポッター) which opened on July 15. Please join me to check out this amazing land and get to know how it is different from the US version.





June 27, 2014

Grand Plan for Shanghai Disney Resort

Shanghai International Tourism And Resorts Zone recently updated their official website. It not only looks better, but also has a lot more information about the resort.

The following is a grand plan for Shanghai Disney Resort from 2011 to 2030. The resort's future seems to be very well planned already.


The plan gives us an idea about how the resort will develop through the years. Here I would like to elaborate on each of the three phases.

Phase 1 - Infrastructure (2011-2015)
As you can tell from the time period, this phase is basically the construction of the theme park, the two hotels, "Downtown Disney" (it might not be named this way) and other basic functions.

Phase 2 - Combining Functions (2016-2020)
I am not sure if I understand it correctly. In the Chinese text, it says "Continue to develop the theme park", which, I assume, means expansion, and "Finish constructing the facilities", which, I assume, means other facilities around the resort.

Phase 3 - Improving the Resort (2021-2030)
In this phase, they will try to improve the integration of the resort and other nearby facilities, perhaps those that are marked dark yellow in the picture below.

Yi Ou Lai Shopping Village

As we all know, Shanghai Disneyland will have a Shopping / Dining / Entertainment area similar to Downtown Disney when it opens. However, recently I discovered that besides that, there will be another shopping area in the resort.

This second shopping area will be named "Yi Ou Lai Shopping Village", and it is developed by Shendi Company (which owns and operates the resort) and Value Retail. I have also found a construction plan for this shopping village.

Unlike Downtown Disney, it seems that this area will not feature a Disney theme, but more of a European style established by the company "Value Retail".


June 1, 2014

Battlestar Galactica Construction

Update 6/1:

The construction wall/scaffolding expanded upwards. Still not sure what is going to happen.

This week:

Last Week:

New Family Attraction in USS!

Update 6/1:

There has been some progress in this construction area. Compared to the last update, you will notice that at the left side, there are some round-shaped concrete structures. Curious....


May 29, 2014

This Week in USS #3: What is going on?


In this curious issue of "This Week in USS", let us take a look at something amazing happening at Battlestar Galactica.

Battlestar Galactica is a dueling coaster here in USS. It is probably the most intense ride in the park. However, due to reasons unknown, the ride has been closed since last year. There are rumors about the fate of this coaster, such as being re-designed or being re-themed. 

Today when I went to the park, I was surprised to see that a construction area appeared at the entrance to the HUMAN(red) side.  

May 24, 2014

This Week In USS #2: A different Alley


Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida is about to open very soon. Though it may not be coming to USS any time soon, there is indeed another "alley" in USS as well. This elegantly designed alley is in the New York zone, and is one of my favorite spots in the park.