Tuesday, February 9, 2016

New Shanghaî Disneyland "Crystal Clear" Aerial Pictures !

We're back at Shanghaî Disneyland today with "crystal clear" aerial pictures of the park and resort, posted on Chinese websites. And we'll start the tour by the one above showing the Shanghaî Disneyland hotel. As you can see the garden in the front will be soon finished and the outside of the hotel itself is ready.

The great picture below shows almost everything, i.e the whole park, part of the lake, Disney Town, the buses parking lot and even the Toy Story hotel in the background on the top left.

Next aerial picture shows the Lakeshore building near the lake with a perfect vertical shot.

The picture below is another perfectly vertical shot over Disney Town.

Even the bus and taxis parking lot near Disney Town looks great on the picture below!

Of course you're awaiting a closer aerial shot of the park only, and here it is. Interesting one showing that works on the Gardens of Imagination - SDL "Central Plaza" in front of the castle are going on and everything should be ready in four months.

And that's it for today SDL aerial shots - not a lot for once, i agree, but these were great ones and shots with a better light than all the others we saw previously!

Pictures: copyright news.cn

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hong Kong Disneyland Explorers Lodge Hotel Update

Hong Kong Disneyland new hotel - the Explorers Lodge - is scheduled to open in 2017 and it's been a while since we had a look at what's happening on the construction site. Thanks to Google Maps we can see that the main buildings of the hotel are built - although plenty remain to be done and it'll take them at least one year to complete. On the picture below the hotel on the left is the Hollywood Hotel.

The Explorers Lodge is located on the right of HKDL Hollywood Hotel - the one on the top left - and on the left of the HKDL Hotel. It will be also right behind Mystic Point and the other picture below show you more about all this. 

As it happen often for Disney's hotels the Disney Explorers' Lodge has a background story and in this case it's an "explorers" background story: in 1920 four explorers built together 
the hotel, to show the crafts and collected specimens they've bring back from around the world.

Dedicated to the spirit of exploration, Disney Explorers Lodge will invite HKDL guests to leave the everyday world behind and enter into a new world full of discovery, nature and exotic cultures. The hotel will feature four distinct gardens based on exotic cultures from around the globe, along with new themed restaurants, a shop and a large outdoor swimming pool.

I remind you that the hotel will be divided into four "regions", which will include the African savannah, the tropical rain forests of South America, the Pacific Islands, and Asia. Each region will also have a link with different Disney characters like the Africa area where there is the story of The Lion King baboon, the South America zone with the Guyun birds, the Pacific Islands with Finding Nemo Turtle, the Jungle Book baby elephant for Asia, etc... Four new renderings showing each of these areas have been released today.

Finally, if some of you find in the hotel design some reminiscences of the Animal Kingdom Lodge it's may be not a coincidence as it seems that this new Disney Explorers Lodge will borrow part of his architecture to Animal Kingdom's beloved hotel, and probably also a bit to the Hawaii Aulani Resort. And why not? The HKDL Disney Explorers Lodge looks promising and should have an exciting theming, and i can't wait for his opening in 2017!

Pictures: copyright Disney - HKDL

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Shanghaî Disneyland Weekend Update !

Here we go for the ShanghaI Disneyland weekend update! Plenty of pictures for you but we'll start by the park ticket prices for both peak and usual days, which will cost 499 yuan (almost US$75.85) and 370 yuan (almost US$56.24) respectively. Advance booking of tickets will start from Mar. 28 ahead of its grand opening in mid June.

The peak days include its multi-day opening celebration from Jun. 16 to 30, Chinese holidays, weekends and the summer break.

The amusement park will provide special offers for children (between 1 to 1.4 meters tall), the elderly (over 65 years old) and the disabled, who will enjoy a 75 percent discount. Toddlers below one meter in height are free to enter the park.

As you understood the prices will be different depending of regular, peak or opening days prices, the picture below will help you to see a bit more clearly.

Here are the prices of others Disney parks around the world to help you to see the differences.

All tickets will be date-specific and valid for admission only for the date purchased.

Following the grand opening period, regular price of admission to the theme park is set at 370 RMB. Peak pricing for high-demand dates, including designated holidays, summer holidays and weekends, is set at 499 RMB. Special pricing will be provided to many guests. Children (1.4M and below), seniors (65 years old and above) and guests with disabilities will receive discounts of 25%. Infants (1.0M and below) receive free admission. A two-day ticket will be available at a 5% discount.

Pricing is based on in-depth market research and analysis conducted with a wide range of Chinese consumers, industry experts and local regulators. Shanghai Disneyland’s two-tiered pricing and date-specific tickets will allow the park to manage the extraordinary anticipated demand for the innovative attractions and premium entertainment at the newest Disney destination, putting choices in the hands of guests while at the same time delivering an exceptional experience.

On March 28, 2016, guests can obtain information and purchase tickets through several official channels. To ensure access to park facilities, guests should only purchase tickets from these authorized official channels:

1. The newly updated website of Shanghai Disney Resort, www.shanghaidisneyresort.com
2. The Shanghai Disney Resort Reservation Center at 400-180-0000 or 86-21-31580000
3. Official travel partners listed at www.shanghaidisneyresort.com.

Other authorized official channels, including Shanghai Disney Resort’s official mobile app and onsite ticket sales at the resort will be available at a date to be announced soon.

The picture at the top is supposed has been shot this week and shows SDL castle as seen from the back.
Let's have a look now at some new park pictures posted on Chinese media sites, starting by this picture of SDL Mickey Avenue showing buildings freshly painted and looking nice!

The next pic shows obviously a pirate from Treasure Cove and probably may be from the POTC ride!

The next picture are showing works in Adventure Isle on Roaring rapids raft ride - you can see the lift on the right.

No Disney theme park without geysers!

Let's move to Fantasyland to have a look at the different buildings

The next picture shows the Tangled tavern.


And what about the castle, you ask? Here are the latest pics!


Blue Frog restaurant bar will be settled in Shanghaî Disneyland DisneyTown next to the Walt Disney Theatre.

"Western-style casual dining experts "Blue Frog restaurant bar" confirmed that a Blue Frog restaurant will be settled in Shanghai Disney Resort's shopping dining and entertainment district. The Blue Frog restaurant bar will open at Disney's town Broadway next to the Walt Disney Theatre, offering visitors a variety of dining options. It will be integrated in all other aspects of the Disney classic decor and menu design elements, with the introduction of North American style dishes and creative drinks, family dinners, friends and romantic date with the most perfect dining experience . Disney enduring "Sharing Family Entertainment" concept will also be here to get the perfect embodiment."

As China's rapidly growing Western-style casual dining chain, Blue Frog restaurant bar have opened in more than 24 cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Nanjing, Wuxi, Chengdu and other major cities.

On the picture below showing SDL Disney Town the part of itwith a blue square shows where the Blue Frog will be most probably located.

 Let's have a look now at the Shanghaî Disneyland hotel, starting my these plans indicating the different wings and rooms.

    More pictures from shots from the outside and entrance.


And here are shots of the inside, the first one showing the columns of the lobby that you've seen previously in the rendering.                 




Pictures of the room also designed in Art Nouveau style... Kids will sleep in company of Mickey thanks to the mural hidden behind the kids bed.


And a last pic showing the view on the park from Shanghaî Disneyland hotel!

See you soon for a new SDL update and have a great weekend!

Pictures, copyright Disney - Shendi, Blue Frog, DR