October 16, 2013

A More Detailed Shanghai Disneyland Shopping and Entertainment Area Plan

I was very fortunate to receive this "Shopping and Entertainment Area Plan" from a "Friend of Luke and the Temple of Fun". I would like to express my gratitude to you, though I have yet to know your name.

This plan reveals a lot of new information. Let's take a closer look.

As you may see, there are a theater, a movie theater, and a World of Disney Store. They form a mini "Downtown Disney". 



What really excites me in this plan is the decoration of the ground. At the lower part, it writes "Forest" and at the top it says "Sky". The two are connected by "Qi Xi Bridge" and "Galaxy Lighting", as you can see in the center. Now you may not know what  "Qi Xi Bridge" means. Well, it is a folk lore in the Chinese culture, in which "Niu Lang" and "Zhi Nu", a loving couple, meets one another once a year at the bridge. (As illustrated in the picture) The day that they meet is called "Qi Xi" Festival and is celebrated extensively in China. (To learn more, please head to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qixi_Festival)



The concept of land to sky is extended in the lower left corner, where Pebble Restaurant and Shell Restaurant is located. This could be the "sea" area as it is indeed near the shore.

Now if we look at the big picture, the shopping and entertainment area will be elaborately decorated under the concept of Sea-Land-Sky (from bottom to top). And I am thrilled to learn that Chinese elements will be incorporated in the design as well. Disney is really working hard to present a unique experience to the Chinese guests.

What is also interesting is that at the side of the theater, we can see "Club 33". Does this mean Shanghai Disneyland will have its own version of "Club 33"?

13 comments:

  1. I think these plans are interesting in the fact that they reveal how close the "Downtown Disney" area is to the actual Disneyland park. It's not something we see in the other Asian parks.

    Club 33, why not? I think it's highly relevant - there's the same segment of clientele to host, especially in China.

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  2. From the Dew Pools to the Shell Restaurant, does that path go under the road or through it?

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    1. Hi. My guess is that it goes through the road.

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  3. These are old plans that have been on the Internet for a while

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    1. Hi Iain. Thanks for noticing me. Personally I have not seen this one that's why I decided to post it.

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    2. No worries, I will send you (via Facebook) the other artist impressions that come with these designs. Take care

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    3. Thanks! That will be very useful!

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    4. I've sent 7 artist impressions via Facebook, you should receive them in your 'Other' messages folder, as we are not connected on Facebook (sent by Iain Jackson). Enjoy.

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  4. Thanks for the big version, Luke.

    As mentioned, these appear to be for an earlier version of the area (when Mickey Avenue was enclosed in an arade as seen in some of the blurred concept art)
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wzk8jOLoHx8/T5mOqhxi7ZI/AAAAAAAAFzs/7JV9o_aiC58/s1600/sdlartwork3.jpg
    http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&docid=5-hoTcj8Jw5hVM&tbnid=UQq7BA9Q0lw2AM:&ved=0CAUQjRw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.disafterdark.com%2Fshanghai-disneyland-update-new-artwork-latest-news-and-more%2F&ei=qcVeUrfHNrD_4AOF2oGAAw&bvm=bv.54176721,d.dmg&psig=AFQjCNE1M5Uhxau14U131FG6gpwOWCfPgg&ust=1382029064703343

    Always enjoy your SDL updates (now matter what stage of the development process)! It's fun to see how the design evolved.

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  5. Thank you for your pictures and your support! XD

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  6. Can you post the pictures? The artist renderings of the park have changed over time, but the majority of the buildings have remained the same. I really like the idea of "Mickey Avenue" and think GIANT retractable, industrial sized "Mickey Mouse Umbrellas" might be a fun way to shield "Mickey Avenue" shoppers in adverse weather. They can fold up when not needed.

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    1. Hi Friend!
      I actually have posted this rendering in an older post.
      You can find it here: http://lukeandthetempleoffun.blogspot.sg/2012/08/a-collection-of-shanghai-disneyland.html

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    2. Yes, I have seen those artist renderings before. The official Disney website for Shanghai Disney Resort has a few of them. It shows a village atmosphere in the Shopping & Entertainment area, adjacent to the front gate.

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