August 31, 2014

This Week in USS #4: So Much New Stuff!!!



This week I am back at USS to report all the new stuff being constructed here. 
I am thrilled to see so many projects being worked on, the second half of 2014 is going to be fun in USS!

To start with, the "Puss in Boots" Coaster construction has been going on quite well.

For the full update, please take a look at the post: 

New "Puss in Boots" Coaster in USS!



Halloween Horror Nights 4 @ USS - Construction Update

Halloween Horror Nights returns this year with some truly disturbing themes!
Let's get a preview of what to expect in this year's event!

Update 8/31:

 

New "Puss in Boots" Coaster in USS!

Update 8/31:

After coming back to Singapore, I can resume my coverage of the construction of the new attraction. It has been announced that this brand new coaster will be themed to "Puss in Boots"! Let's take a look at the latest progress!

As we can see, all the coaster tracks seem to have been installed. The track layout is pretty interesting to me, and I am looking forward to the story that accompanies it!





August 28, 2014

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Universal Studios Japan

After my summer internship at Walt Disney Shanghai, I am happy to be back in Singapore and continue my university studies. But before being occupied by all the school work, I dropped by Universal Studios Japan in Osaka to visit the Japan's version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (ウィザーディング・ワールド・オブ・ハリー・ポッター) which opened on July 15. Please join me to check out this amazing land and get to know how it is different from the US version.





June 27, 2014

Grand Plan for Shanghai Disney Resort

Shanghai International Tourism And Resorts Zone recently updated their official website. It not only looks better, but also has a lot more information about the resort.

The following is a grand plan for Shanghai Disney Resort from 2011 to 2030. The resort's future seems to be very well planned already.


The plan gives us an idea about how the resort will develop through the years. Here I would like to elaborate on each of the three phases.

Phase 1 - Infrastructure (2011-2015)
As you can tell from the time period, this phase is basically the construction of the theme park, the two hotels, "Downtown Disney" (it might not be named this way) and other basic functions.

Phase 2 - Combining Functions (2016-2020)
I am not sure if I understand it correctly. In the Chinese text, it says "Continue to develop the theme park", which, I assume, means expansion, and "Finish constructing the facilities", which, I assume, means other facilities around the resort.

Phase 3 - Improving the Resort (2021-2030)
In this phase, they will try to improve the integration of the resort and other nearby facilities, perhaps those that are marked dark yellow in the picture below.

Yi Ou Lai Shopping Village

As we all know, Shanghai Disneyland will have a Shopping / Dining / Entertainment area similar to Downtown Disney when it opens. However, recently I discovered that besides that, there will be another shopping area in the resort.

This second shopping area will be named "Yi Ou Lai Shopping Village", and it is developed by Shendi Company (which owns and operates the resort) and Value Retail. I have also found a construction plan for this shopping village.

Unlike Downtown Disney, it seems that this area will not feature a Disney theme, but more of a European style established by the company "Value Retail".


June 1, 2014

Battlestar Galactica Construction

Update 6/1:

The construction wall/scaffolding expanded upwards. Still not sure what is going to happen.

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