China’s very own Disneyland is set to open in June 2016
5 years after construction began on China’s 5.5 billion dollar Disney theme park an opening date has been set, June 16. Disney has teamed up with a state backed association, Shanghai Shendi to oversea the creation of China’s new Disneyland along with its very own subway station.
The 963-acre Shanghai resort will be home to Treasure Cove, the first ever pirate themed area in Disneyland as well as the Enchanted Storybook Castle which will be the tallest across all Disney parks.
It is not unheard of for concerns to be raised about the future generations in China becoming disinterested in the histories and cultures of their own ancestors. Li Xiusong, the deputy head of culture in the Anhui province expressed that Disneyland “is a threat to Chinese culture.”
Disney seems to be very aware of the importance of cultural understanding in China and has worked to create a blend between a traditional Disney and a Chinese inspired fairytale world. This modern blend is seen in the Art Nouveau and Toy story inspired Hotels, where guests will be spotted playing Chinese board games and practicing Calligraphy, dressed in slippers and a robe.
Special celebrations on Chinese holidays and festivals will be done in a Garden mosaic area which recreates the 12 Chinese zodiac animals using Disney inspired characters.
A source close to the project has said that the theme park is close to completion, what’s left is all the customer service related tasks, such as hiring and training its expected 10,000 employees.
For all you lion king lovers, Disney is working on perfecting a Mandarin version of your favorite story.
Disney says that this resort “showcases some of the most creative and innovative experiences” seen in a Disney resort. So, with the prices expected to be about 20% lower than Hong Kong’s Disney land, China will be expecting a surge of Disney-crazed tourists flocking to the country.
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