Mickey Finds a New Home -- Beijing Review
Alright, maybe not that exciting, but five lands, lots of water and the biggest park (I know we've heard both sides of that coin before). There are also several points where "park" & "resort" are used interchangeably (as constantly happens in the Chinese media), so keep that in mind.
November 25th, 2010
Most interest parts:
"The whole project, which is to cover 1.16 square km, will be the largest Disneyland in the world, said He Jianmin, Director of the Tourism Department of the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, which participated in the appraisal of the project.
The construction will be divided into three phases. The first phase, including a nearly 1-square-km theme park area (1sqkm=250 acres), is to involve an investment about 25 billion yuan ($3.68 billion) and is planned for completion around 2014. After it opens, the number of tourists is expected to add up to 10 million every year, while the total tourists visiting the whole park will be 30 million annually, He said.
Water will be one of the main features of the first phase of the Shanghai Disneyland. A 0.39-square-km lake will be built in the first phase, which will take up a sizeable proportion of the entire park. It will be used as a base for water recreation activities and transportation.
In the northeast of the lake, a 7,000-square-meter artificial island will be built. On the north side of the lake are spaces for the construction of a public transportation hub, entertainment facilities and hotels. A river which will surround the park has been under construction since October. As a whole, the park will present to tourists an impression of a water world.
The section to be built in the first phase will focus on the theme of a magic kingdom. It will include five different theme areas.
A 20-square-km Shanghai International Tourism Resort will be built to surround the theme park. A joint venture set up in August by Disney and the SSG will be in charge of operating the Shanghai theme park.
A special Disneyland subway line is to be built to link the fun park with the urban area of Shanghai.
EDIT: False model pic removed