[dropcap type=”circle” color=”#ffffff” background=”#ef7f2c”]A[/dropcap]s the construction of Shanghai Disney continues to build momentum, more information and images have been released about its unique attractions. The most recent being the “Garden of the Twelve Friends” attraction. This attraction is designed to be in line with the Chinese New Year and will feature Disney and Pixar Characters as the main elements of each yearly celebration. Disney has noted as an example: Remy (of Ratatouille fame) – representing the Year of the Rat, etc.
One can only assume the additional years will follow along the same path (i.e.: Apu –Year of the Monkey, Mushu-Year of the dragon, etc.); though one must wonder who will represent the year of the sheep. This attraction will consist of a series of ornate mosaics representing each of the 12 Chinese New Year animals and will also add to the change to the look and feel of the traditional Disney Park.
Though as usual Disney is spoon-feeding tidbits of information, one must note that this is still a huge step for a notoriously closed lipped company. Previously we were treated to small glimpses of artwork for the park and details surrounding the proposed castle center piece. “Storybook Castle” as it has been named will be an experience unlike any other Disney castle in that it will contain not the usual pass-ways or installed attractions but an actual ride.
This announcement sent international fans reeling as for some it will mean yet another amazing attraction they may never get to see. The same can be said for the opening of Mystic Manor in Hong Kong Disney which had many Disney fans drooling to ride it after the on-ride videos were posted by those lucky enough to ride it.
Shanghai Disney broke ground back in 2011 in typical Disney style with a lavish ceremony and celebration and is scheduled to open in the 4th quarter of 2015. How much of the park will be built initially or developed following the opening (see previous Asia-Disney parks) remains to be seen. As we learn more we will keep you updated and are looking forward to seeing what Imagineers come up with for the seemingly beautiful park.