To: Robert Iger, Board of the Walt Disney Company
From: Speedway, Lead Designer for WDI on Shanghai Disneyland Resort
Subject: Complete Proposal
Hereon follows the completed design for Shanghai Disneyland Resort.
Shanghai Disneyland Park
Main Street USA
To the left of Town Square lies the entrance to the Town Square Hotel, the lead hotel resort of the SDLR. To a park guest, the entrance is little more than what would be the facade for City Hall in other Magic Kingdom parks, but to a hotel guest (guests of the hotel without park tickets recieve special passes allowing them through the park gates) beyond the lobby (which is decorated in a similar style to City Hall, which lies to the right of Town Square) is the one of the most luxurious Disney hotels ever designed.
One is reminded of the extravagance of the Titanic in design, with wood carvings, elegant chandeliers and a large conservatory indoor swimming pool. Featuring one of the classiest resturants in Shanghai (maybe even China), the hotel will attract the elite of Shanghai, who will hopefully also spend some yen in the park's shops (hotel guests without park tickets can shop and roam in the park but are barred from all attractions).
Back in Town Square, in the middle stands a bandstand featuring live music from the Disneyland Orchestra and occasionally the Dapper Dans, throughout the day. A subtle candyfloss stand sits near by, surrounded by seasonal flowers and American horticulture.
The park guest looks up Main Street, lined with colourful buildings purveying unique and interesting period goods, and the breath is knocked out of them by the sight of the Sapphire Summit - a 250ft tall man-made mountain covered in a beautiful spectrum of flora. On a plateau around a quarter up from the mountain's feet is Cinderella Castle, practically a clone of Tokyo Disneyland's castle (which is slightly bigger and grander than the Magic Kingdom's) but covered in all manner of vines, flowers and blossoms crawling around the turrets and reaching up to the skies*. A sightly mountain trail leads from the Central Plaza up to the entrance of Cinderella Castle, and Fantasyland, lined with flowers and quaint scenery, e.g. fountains, streams and topiaries. A waterfall stretches from about 3/4 up the mountain to the ground, and leads into a lake which deltas in the centre of the Central Plaza - a perfect location for future shows and character greetings.
*I was inspired to write this by one of the original concepts for Sleeping Beauty Castle at EuroDisneyland, the future Disneyland Paris; a Cinderella Castle in the center of a lavish garden, surrounded by sweeping lawns and trees, with the castle itself covered in all manner of flowers and plants. You can see it in Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making the Magic Real.
Central Plaza is around 3/4 the size of Tokyo Disneyland's hub, so expansive enough to host grand shows and parades, but not too large.
Fantasyland is entirely located indoors, inside the Sapphire Summit, with parts inside Cinderella Castle. This is a unique concept, as most of the classic Fantasyland rides are there, but in a fully themed courtyard of Cinderella Castle. For the more adventurous, there is a themed (the story of Snow White is depicted in a series of paintings, each in a unique different style) mountain trail leading to a very private and romantic secluded mezzanine giving stunning views of the Chinese countryside, and of the park itself, just below the summit of the mountain.
Some of the attractions on opening day will be The Daring Adventures of Mulan, Peter Pan's Flight (a unique take on the classic dark ride, utilising IMAX technology which is easily hidden inside the monstrous mountain, basically Soarin' but with Peter Pan + posse), Cinderellabration! (a slightly adapted version of the TDL/MK classic, inside the Rose Gardens Amphitheatre, in which the stage is outside, on the backside of the mountain, but the seating is inside), Mad Hatter's Tea Party, Cinderella's Carrousel and Minnie's Gift of Dreams.
The roof of the mountain will be fitted with Imagineering developed lighting, so park CMs can determine what time of day the inside of the mountain will be - there are four settings. Sunrise, in which speakers are tuned to feature birds singing etc, and gentle blowers create a summer breeze, daylight, in which the entire mountain is lit in beautiful sunlight, early evening, which is perhaps the most beautiful, with dimmed lights and a pink sky, and night time, in which LEDs in the ceiling turn on and create beautiful Disney-themed constellations in the midnight sky.
Tomorrowland and Frontierland coming in part two
Adventureland and other features of the park in part three
Resort hotels and other resort features in part four