November 4, 2013

You Can Choose the Design for Shanghai Disney Resort Subway Station!

Shanghai Metro is in charge of building the Subway Station for Shanghai Disney Resort. Recently they present 6 designs, done by professional design groups, and ask people to choose which one they like most. While the winning design may not be the one that's actually going to be built, it is certainly interesting to preview the look of the station itself!

Since the event website is in Chinese, I shall introduce the content to you in English! However, if you are comfortable with reading Chinese, simply go to this website and vote! (http://sh.sina.com.cn/shmetrodsn/)
You need a valid Chinese ID number and a phone number to vote.

Now let's take a look at all the designs! (Click on any of them to enlarge!)

Design 1: A Trip to Disney

This design uses elements of Disney Characters to decorate the station.
Its biggest highlight is that they are going to decorate the tunnel with film stills (each one slightly different from the previous) from Disney films so that when the train passes them, they will form an animation. (cool!)










Design 2: A Fantasy Journey for You

This design intends to present the guests with a whole new world when they get off the train.



This is the Chinese for Disney Land. (Yes, there is no "Shanghai" here)




Design 3: Four Seasons

This one is really special. The team intends to create a Disney station with no Disney elements. Instead, they choose to present four seasons in exaggerated forms. Take a look.








Design 4: Out of This World

This design is very simple compared to the above, but simplicity can be great as well. It takes inspiration from a famous folktale in China, "A Tale of the Fountain of the Peach Blossom Spring".






Design 5: A Magical Kingdom that Transforms Fantasy into Reality

This design tries to keep the original structure of the station. The decoration is mostly on the ceilings and walls. Another simple approach. (Good for a lower budget though!)





Design 6: A Festival

This design incorporates elements of Chinese Festivals into the design. For example, a symbolic Chinese Dragon is placed on top of the station exterior. There are other elements like firecrackers as well.

I am not so sure about the interior, but the exterior does wow me.










Now at the end, have you chosen your favorite design?
Are you curious about which one we Chinese like most?
Let's find out!
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Currently, the most popular design is Design 2! It is followed by Design 3!


Ok. That's all for today!
Stay tuned for more about Shanghai Disney (and other things) !

Source: Sina Shanghai, http://sh.sina.com.cn/shmetrodsn/ (I don't own anything here!)

6 comments:

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    1. Hi! Thanks for the reply, maeowe!
      May I know why do you like 4 most?

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  2. I like the design #2. The design concepts were reminiscent of Fantasia. I can't wait to see how Disney Imagineering team execute Shanghai Disney differently from other existing disneyland around the world. Moreover, CEO, Bob Iger, said that Shanghai will be the most technologically advanced Disney park around the world.

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  3. i don't like any of them. if i had to pick one, i guess i would like #2, but i don't feel it has enough disney elements. i like all of the disney elements in #1. now if they could combine #1 and #2, then that would be awesome. i feel like the chinese people (especially in china) that are going to vote for this online don't know much about disney since they are so far removed from anything related to disney. based on this, i think they are not going to vote for something that has a lot of disney elements in it because they are going to think it is too kiddy. what a shame. i certainly hope that is not the case.

    i'm eager for the completion of the park, but at the same time, i am not looking forward to visiting the park. i fear shoddy china construction work, safety/health issues and rude chinese visitors that won't know how to behave. i'm probably going to wait a year before visiting, just in case. i'm used to how WDW is run so i hope shanghai disneyland is run the same way.

    my friend's uncle is an imagineer and is currently in shanghai working on this project so i've been getting my updates via that way. anyway, keep up the great work and keep posting disney updates!

    - reader from the US!

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    1. Hi Friend! Thank you very much for leaving the comment!

      I actually agree with you that none of the above seems ideal. I believe that this voting is simply a way of promoting. The final design could see several changes from the concepts here.

      And I understand your concerns. As a Chinese, I am fully aware of the potential problems the Shanghai Park will have, and seeing rude behaviors in Disney is just not the definition of fun. Let's see what happens.

      Regarding the construction though, I am not that worried. Chinese construction companies have been responsible for many international projects (including Universal Studios Singapore), so I am sure they can deliver quality work.

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  4. I think they all have a lot of creativity to them. I like them all for very different reasons. Which design finally won?

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