A highlight of the D23 Expo show floor is always the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts pavilion where Walt Disney Imagineering pulls back the curtain to give you an a sneak peek at the latest and greatest coming to Disney Parks. This year, the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts pavilion showcased the upcoming Shanghai Disney Resort in exhaustive detail, giving the biggest look Americans have gotten of the Chinese theme park to date. Imagineering also offered a look at Walt Disney World’s upcoming AVATAR-themed expansion, featuring a short preshow video, concept renderings and a scale model of the new themed land.
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We’ve got a detailed look at D23 Expo’s Walt Disney Parks and Resorts pavilion for you today, so let’s get started!
|WALT DISNEY PARKS AND RESORTS PAVILION
Welcome to Shanghai Disneyland
A video look around the Shanghai Disneyland exhibit
The exhibit featured numerous video screens showing construction footage, photos, and art including a large screen above the center of the room showcasing design and construction highlights from every area of the Shanghai Disney Resort. You can watch that in its entirety below:
First up, Mickey Avenue acts as the entrance to Shanghai Disneyland, replacing the traditional Main Street with a character-filled neighborhood
Adventure Isle stands in for Adventureland at Shanghai Disneyland but doesn’t feature any of Adventureland’s traditional attractions. Instead of tiki birds and jungle cruises you’ll instead find the thrilling Roaring Rapids where you’ll encounter the Q’uaraq, guardian of the water.
Treasure Cove is the first time Disney has created a theme park land exclusively themed to the Pirates of the Caribbean. Here, guests will find a next generation version of the classic Disney attraction, a major restaurant, a water play area, and the Fandango Theater.
Shanghai Disneyland’s Tomorrowland will, at least aesthetically, be the envy of every other Magic Kingdom-style park when it opens next year.
The Shanghai Disneyland Hotel is the signature hotel of the resort, featuring an opulent art nouveau aesthetic throughout and including some of your favorite characters.
A significant contrast to the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, the Toy Story Hotel will act as the resort’s value resort, featuring a playful (if not garish) Toy Story theme.
DisneyTown will fill in as Shanghai Disneyland’s version of Downtown Disney, a free public shopping mall complete with shops, entertainment venues, restaurants and more.
|WALT DISNEY PARKS AND RESORTS PAVILION
Journey to Pandora
The World of AVATAR
In addition to the massive Shanghai Disneyland exhibit, the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Pavilion also featured a special sneak peek at the upcoming AVATAR-themed expansion at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida. The sneak peek consisted of a video introduction from the fictional Alpha Centauri Expeditions travel company that will be taking us to Pandora.
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|Alright, that wraps up today’s installment in our ongoing D23 Expo coverage. What do you think of Shanghai Disneyland? Will you be making a visit to the new Resort when it opens next year? Let us know in the comments section below!
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