October 30, 2013

Shanghai Disneyland Castle 3D Model Revealed

Update 10/30:

As promised, I have found a much clearer version of the model!
Here it is! 


Together is a brief introduction of the technology used for the building of the castle.

"October 11, 2013, Shanghai - As construction of the Shanghai Disney Resort continues on its theme park and associated facility development, innovative new design and technology practices are being used in guiding the development work of the resort, including Building Information Modeling (BIM) project management techniques. These practices assist in maximizing efficiencies in the design and construction phase, and ensure overall coordination of the resort development, targeted to open at the end of 2015. The images released by Shanghai Disney Resort Management Company today illustrate the BIM process for the Enchanted Storybook Castle, the iconic central attraction of the Shanghai Disneyland, the resort's theme park. Through the precise simulation of construction using BIM software, the design team can determine the best design scheme for the many buildings and infrastructure which comprise the resort, then integrate construction schedules to improve operational design features and minimize consumption of construction material to reduce impact on the environment."

Source: Disney


Interesting post on "Eastday" (Chinese news website). The 3D model for Shanghai Disneyland Castle is revealed. 

The picture posted was in very low resolution and I apologize for that. I will update this if I find a better one.
Despite the low resolution, you can see that the two pictures show some different features, like the bronze part in the first and the dark yellow part in the second.

Source: Eastday

30 comments:

  1. Looks very exciting - the first castle built with features that had to be fitted for all the existing castles. I'm very curious as to what other purposes the castle may be used for (apart from what has been unveiled so far).

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    1. Hi Dejiki!
      I wish for a Ariel's Castle at the basement, inside a huge water tank.
      XD

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    2. It is very impressive and the tallest of all Disney castles. It is very interesting to see the various exterior views in 3D. The interior is equally as impressive and interesting.

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  2. Friend,
    I recently found a posting with a small sample of the landscaping for the front gate area. It looks absolutely beautiful and stunning for the lakeside boat launch and restaurants area. It also shows a movie theater and Club 33 in the area too. Club 33 is the elite, legendary private club first located in Disneyland. It looks as if Shanghai Disneyland will have its own version too.
    Here is the link:
    http://www.hostingpics.net/viewer.php?id=851475BCJDisneyShanghai15.jpg

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    1. Hi Friend!
      How on earth did you find that? This is so incredible!
      Thanks so much for sharing and please allow me to share it with everyone!

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    2. I am very impressed by the design of the Shanghai Disneyland "Enchanted Storybook" castle, but surprised in some ways too. Traditionally, other Disneyland castles have been designed with one story in mind (i.e. Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, etc). Yet, the Shanghai Disneyland castle has been described as the "Enchanted Storybook" castle, which suggests a magical platform with many, many stories. At the original Disneyland in California they have the Storybook Canal Boat Ride, which displays scenes from multiple children's books, although its not in the castle itself. Is that where the castle gets its influence from? I also thought the castle would have more obvious eastern or asianic architectural influences. The castle seems to appears to embody more traditional UK or european style elements. It is very beautiful and impressive, but I would have thought the castle would be look more distinctly eastern, or representative of the Middle Kingdom at large. It is the largest Disney castle so far and very, very impressive and appealing to look at too. It makes me want to know more about Shanghai and China in general, and visit the park one day too.

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    3. Hi Friend!
      Good to know that you adore the design of the castle. Personally I find it still similar to the style of Cinderella Castle, but that is probably a good choice for a Magic Kingdom style park.
      It would be interesting to see how they incorporate princesses like Mulan and Jasmine into the interior of the castle.

      And please visit China when the park opens!

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    4. Thanks! I will. Also, have you ever seen the Enchanted Storybook?

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    5. I imagine the Enchanted Storybook will be on display at the new castle in Shanghai Disneyland and play a prominent role in the design and theme of the interior too. I hope to see it in person one day. I hope I did not confuse you too much.

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    6. Ah apologies.
      I actually didn't know the term "Enchanted Storybook".
      I looked it up.

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    7. How do they describe & say "Enchanted Storybook" in Chinese? For example, the castle at Disneyland Paris is based on Disney's animated film Sleeping Beauty, but it is called Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant (English: The Castle of The Beauty Sleeping in the Wood), because its in France.

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    8. I have looked at the 3-D artist's rendering again and again. It really is a beautiful castle. It is such a unique design too. The story of the castle is very interesting too. The park is said to be a "Magic Kingdom style park", an obvious reference to the larger park WDW park in Florida, which is based on the story of Cinderella. The original park, in Anaheim, is based on the story of Sleeping Beauty, as is the Hong Kong Disneyland park. The layout of the park in Shanghai, with a giant lake at its center, is similar to Magic Kingdom at WDW too. Its looks to be a very enchanting and magical place to visit and enjoy by all.

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    9. The map of the park shows a bit of a different layout from the Magic Kingdom park in Florida though. The biggest change is the location of Adventureland on the interior lakeside of the park and Tomorrowland on the opposite side. Yet, the layout is very similar otherwise, with many traditional lands and many hotels. There is even a hotel space adjacent to Adventureland in Shanghai, as there was a hotel adjacent to Tomorrowland, at the Magic Kingdom in Florida. What do you think the theme of the hotel will be?

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    10. "Enchanted Storybook Castle" is 奇幻童话城堡。

      I have no idea what the hotel beside the Adventureland (actually called Adventure Isle in Shanghai) will look like, but I am hoping that the hotel can be integrated into the land itself, like the hotel of Tokyo DisneySea. That will be amazing!

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    11. Thank you for the translation of "Enchanted Storybook Castle." Looks really cool! I think the MiraCosta Hotel at DisneySea is very elegant hotel and a possibility. However, they have a giant Lodge at almost every other park. I would think it maybe a possibility too. It has an outdoor, rustic adventurous look to it. Each hotel has a different theme. The Grand Californian opens up onto DCA park. I'm sure whatever they decide it will be quite a memorable place to stay.
      https://disneyland.disney.go.com/grand-californian-hotel/
      https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/wilderness-lodge-resort/
      http://www.disneylandparis.co.uk/hotels/disneys-sequoia-lodge.html

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  3. Do you think this might be the Enchanted Castle as told in "Beauty and the Beast"? It looks similar in some ways to the "Beast's Castle". The story says, after the spell is broken, the "Beast's Castle" magically transforms itself back into a beautiful castle. Here is a picture of the "Beast's Castle" at Disneyland Paris on their Storybook Land boat ride.
    http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Beast's_Castle?file=Beast%2527s_Castle_16.jpg

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    1. Well they do look a lot alike. I can see the similarities in several aspects. However, as announced by Disney, the castle will not be dedicated to one princess but all, so I don't think it will be "Beast's Castle". (But perhaps they did take inspiration from it)

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    2. The castle only became the "Beast's Castle" after a spell was cast on the Prince and the castle. Once the spell was broken, the castle magically transformed into the "Enchanted Castle" and all the people were free again.

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    3. I see. So the names of the two castles are quite similar? Interesting...

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    4. The Beast's Castle is featured in the "New Fantasyland" section at WDW in Florida.
      The "Enchanted Castle", which appears at the end of the film "Beauty and the Beast," after the spell has been lifted. They say the castle is featured on the Storybook Canal Ride at Disneyland Paris (as the photo shows). Technically, they are the same castle, with and without a bit of magic.

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    5. Oh I actually meant that the name "Enchanted Castle" is similar to "Enchanted Storybook Castle" (in Shanghai Disneyland)... while I don't think "Enchanted Storybook Castle" will be the one in the film.

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    6. So, your telling me that one guy gets ALL the Disney Princesses to live in his Castle? ALL under one roof? Pretty lucky guy!!!!

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    7. By the way, Shanghai Disney Resort is hiring college students now. They announced it on their website.
      http://en.shanghaidisneyresort.com.cn/en/press/press-campus-roadshow-prgm/

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    8. Thanks for the information. Unfortunately I am still studying in Singapore...

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    9. This is a pretty funny artist rendition of the Storybook Castle and all the princesses.
      http://www.behance.net/gallery/14964575/Genius-Billionaire-Fairy-Tale-Playboy-Philanthropist

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    10. What if all the Princes lived in the castle too?

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  4. Recently, The AIA awarded the Shanghai Disneyland Castle building project an award for Technology in Architectural Practice. They show how they worked together between both countries. They also have amazing graphics of the castle.
    http://network.aia.org/TechnologyinArchitecturalPractice/resources/viewdocument/?DocumentKey=e726f7cd-0561-40c8-a266-026ffc3ff743

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    1. Thanks for sharing this document. It is indeed very informative and interesting.

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    2. Its a very innovative and exciting design for a Disney Castle. I'm glad it incorporates a lot of the stories into the design. The Florida park is modeled after the Cinderella story and castle. I do like your idea of a Snow White castle, especially as it holds a special place in the hearts of Chinese people. That would be really exciting to see and visit. The name Enchanted Storybook Castle suggests a connection to Belle, from "Beauty and the Beast," because she loved to read books and features an Enchanted Castle. I also think its good to show that the Prince & Princesses can all get along too.

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