Another Disneyland in Shanghai

Shanghai Disney Resort is a themed resort in Pudong, Shanghai, China. It is the first Disney park resort in mainland Chinaand the second in Greater China, after the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. The resort opened on June 16, 2016.

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The resort features Shanghai Disneyland Park, an entertainment district, two themed hotels, recreational facilities, a lake and associated parking and transportation hubs. Additional phases will see the development of two additional theme parks at the resort. The site will cover 390 hectares (963 acres) in Pudong, or approximately three times the size of Hong Kong Disneyland, at a cost of CN¥ 24,500,000,000 (US$3,700,000,000) for the new theme park and an additional CN¥ 4,500,000,000 (US$700,000,000) to build other aspects of the resort, totaling CN¥ 34,000,000,000 (US$5,500,000,000). Forty-three percent of the resort is owned by The Walt Disney Company and the remaining 57 percent by Shanghai Shendi Group, a joint venture of three companies owned by the Shanghai government. The resort was approved by the Chinese government on November 4, 2009

Major construction work started in April 8, 2011, targeting a 2016 spring opening. The resort is planned to cover an area of 4 km2 (1.5 sq mi) and it is expected to costCN¥ 25,000,000,000 (US$3,660,000,000).The project is financed by several large Chinese state-owned enterprises in Shanghai forming a joint venture with the Walt Disney Company. The Oriental Land Company has not confirmed any connection to this venture with Disney on the Shanghai Disneyland project. “The first-phase of the project will be to the South of Huanglou Area, an area in Chuansha Town, the southeast suburbs of Shanghai’s Pudong area; the second phase will extend further southwest,” an urban developer from Shanghai stated. DeSimone Consulting Engineers were the structural engineers behind the construction work.

 

 

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