Here are some concepts of Shanghai Disney Resort:
Resort area outside the park
These where made by Amanda Li (Shanghai Disney | Art of Amanda Li)
So these are fan made concept arts? Or is she somehow connected to WDI?
I don't know where I read it, but weren't there rumours that WDI is outsourcing a big part in designing and creating SHDL?
They are concepts made for the new park by an artist. One of thepicture even has the "Disney" logo.
The picture at the bottom shows prettymuch how the Downtown area will be formed even if they change the theme of it. It also reveals a the gate to the park with the Mickey head in the grass. Notice Club 33 and what could be a indoor Mainstreet type of entry.
According to the resume on her site, she worked as a junior architect for BCJ (big firm) and did design drawings for client WDI from 2009-2011. So these are real.
The entry layout is in line with everything we've seen from the massing model to the birds eye painting.
It's becoming clear that the Main Street of this park (before you reach the 12 acre landscaped hub) will be Disney/Pixar-themed (e.g. the facades could include Mr. Frederickson's house from Up, Mickey's House, Gusteau's from Ratatouille, etc.).Quote:
Notice Club 33 and what could be a indoor Mainstreet type of entry.
Thanks for posting those. Very interesting.
Club 33 is something that has got me intrigued. I wonder if it is the same as the original or they're just utilising the name?
Official: We know that current plans call for a Main Street-like knub at the entry of the park (as can be seen above, in the artwork & elsewhere). Disney Higher Ups like Iger & Craig Russell have stated in public that Shanghai will have a "very different" Main St., as the Chinese have no affinity for turn of the century Americana. They will be "greeted by Disney characters" as they enter the park (said Iger in one interview) and approach the 11-acre greenspace (featuring Dumbo and the carousel).
Rumor Mill: Screamscape & Disney&More have both written articles about the specific rumors of a character-centric Main Street (almost like Toontown, but not quite).
Circumstantial: The primary purpose of the park is push/introduce Disney/Pixar brands to Chinese consumers, and it is likely this will happen the moment the people enter the park (actually, before). Also, puzzle pieces point to Adventureland featuring the PotC franchise, Tomorrowland featuring the Tron and Stitch (and possibly Lightyear) brands, while Fantasyland will feature the Pooh, Tangled, Disney Princess brands.
There are many, many other characters/films Disney would like to squeeze into this park and having a Disney/Pixar entry area seems like a logical place for them to amalgamate.
I made the Pixar assumptions above because they have distinct urban environments that lend themselves to theme park architecture. If you check out the TimDelaneyDesign pdf you can see an interesting study of this concept.
^^ We'll see I guess.
While I myself have no real feeling for what the Main St architecture will look like...wouldn't it be interesting if they extended the Fantasyland architecture to the Main St knub? Then it would it would complement the castle and the spinner rides in the hub. The Chinese might not relate to circa 1900 Americana but "fairytale architecture" would work.
I'm not so sure about this. I'm all for bringing in some new architectural spin into the DL concept but if it's going to be all over the place without some "traditional" design concept, I couldn't call it a Disney park. We'll, see...
There seems to be a surprising amount of what looks like digital fabrication and other modernist elements to the resort complex. It kind of reminds me of how Eisner got into his modern starchitect phrase right around the time of Disneyland Paris, which got us the Michael Graves-designed Hotel New York (questionable) and the Gehry-designed Disney Village (:yuck:). I wonder if this is a direct result of the outsourcing or if Iger/Disney/Imagineering just wants a new take on the Disneyland concept.
While I don't necessarily disagree with their design decision, I just hope they're careful... people associate a certain style with the Disney name, and it would have to be a strong design to break away from that. I'd be more comfortable with classic Disney thematic design, if it were me.
Interesting design but ugly choice of building facades and archiecture for Downtown Disney, Hope they did not go with that
Anyone else think these look a little blasť and bland? As excited for Shanghai Disneyland past concept arts have made me, I can't say these have the same effect.