July 19, 2016

New Shanghai Disney Resort Commercial

This is Shanghai Disney Resort's latest commercial, released in China today. This new video features great footage of the castle, the daytime parade, the new Pirates ride and the Tron coaster.

I do not own anything.

Original Title: 上海迪士尼度假区新一季宣传大片重磅出炉!邀你一起点亮心中奇梦
Source: Tencent Video

July 12, 2016

6 Proposals Revealed for Universal Studios Beijing Subway Station

After Shanghai Disneyland's Grand Opening, we can start to look at the other big theme park project happening in China, Universal Studios Beijing.

You may check out the announcement here: Universal Studios Beijing to Open in 2019.

Information for the park itself has been scarce, but a few days ago, Beijing Municipal Commission of Urban Planning (BMCUP) revealed 6 proposals for the subway station at Universal Studios Beijing. These proposals has been released on the official website of BMCUP, though only in Chinese. The purpose of this release is to gather public opinions on these proposals.

You may recall that similarly, Shanghai Disney Resort released 6 proposals in 2013 for its subway station as well. You can review the proposals here: Designs for Shanghai Disney Resort Subway Station

So please take a look at the following 6 proposals for Universal Studios Beijing's subway station.
After reviewing the proposals, you can vote for your favorite design here!

Which proposal is your favorite?

Proposal 1: Where the Dream Takes Flight
Proposal 2: Flowers Flowing Rhythm
Proposal 3: Submerged Jurassic Park
Proposal 4: The Phoenix Soars Around the World
Proposal 5: The Flowing Lights and Shadows
Proposal 6: A Trip Through Time
Quiz Maker

Proposal 1: Where the Dream Takes Flight 

June 14, 2016

Shanghai Disneyland Official Attraction Photos

Now it is less than 2 days before the Grand Opening of Shanghai Disneyland.
On the official website, concept arts have been replace by these gorgeous photos of the attractions. Take a look!
Source: https://www.shanghaidisneyresort.com/en/attractions/

I will be visiting the park on June 16, the Grand Opening. Stay tuned for a trip report soon!

Enchanted Storybook Castle

Camp Discovery

May 13, 2016

Thank You, Universal Studios Singapore

This post is very likely to be my last Universal Studios Singapore post in a long time. I am leaving Singapore soon and moving to a new country to continue my studies.

Universal Studios Singapore has been a great friend during my 5 years in Singapore. It's one of the most accessible, if not THE most accessible, theme parks in the world, and I found myself always craving for a visit whenever I am in that area.

It's not just a playground, either. I have made new friends, strengthened the bonds with my old pals, done self-reflection, and even studied for my exams, all in this special place.

Therefore, this post is a thank you letter to Universal Studios Singapore.

March 28, 2016

New Shanghai Disney Resort Aerial Photos Released

New aerial photos of the resort have been released.

In the first two shots, we can see how massive the show building for "TRON Lightcycle Power Run" is.

Shanghai Disney Resort Aerial Photo Update

It's merely 80 days until the opening of Shanghai Disney Resort! More photos of the resort are emerging. Here is an update with some really great aerial shots.

In this first photo we have a clear view of the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel.

This shot focuses on the Storybook Castle and the performing area in front of it. You can see "Voyage to the Crystal Grotto" at the back, and "Alice in Wonderland Maze" to the right.

Shanghai Disney Resort Ticket on Sale Today!

The day has finally come. Shanghai Disney Resort has brought its ticket booking system online, and is now taking reservations for both park tickets and hotel rooms.

Tickets can be purchased from the official website: https://www.shanghaidisneyresort.com/en/

If you intend to visit Shanghai Disneyland during its grand opening period (June 16 to June 30), do act fast and grab your tickets now!

March 25, 2016

Random Blends 2016

"Random Blends 2016" is a showcase of works by Communications and New Media students from NUS. It is an ongoing exhibition at ArtScience Museum of Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.
This year's showcase goes by the theme of Construct-Destruct-Reconstruct and features exciting works blending digital media and interactive art.
You may check out the official website, made by my awesome friend Shiyu, for more information. http://www.randomblends.net/
I am fortunate enough to have some of my work selected and featured in this year's exhibition. A big thank-you to Jing and the organization committee of Random Blends 2016!
Let's take a look around!

March 2, 2016

Shanghai Disney Resort Debut TV Commercial

This is the debut TV commercial for Shanghai Disney Resort.
The commercial was aired in China, and thus is only available in Chinese.
Please enjoy.

The Chinese monologue in the commercial can be translated as follows.
No matter who you are,
Young or young at heart,
As long as you stay curious, and dream,
Let your imagination soar in this magical kingdom, 
We invite you to bring your family and friends,
To the upcoming Shanghai Disney Report,
And Ignite the Dream together with us!

The video was originally uploaded to Tencent Video (腾讯视频).
I do not own anything.

February 4, 2016

Shanghai Disneyland Ticketing Plan Revealed

Shanghai Disneyland revealed its ticketing plan today.
“All tickets will be date-specific and valid for admission only for the date purchased.
The price of admission during the grand opening period (June 16-30, 2016) is set at 499 RMB. The first official guests will join the exciting celebration of the resort’s historic milestone.
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.”

January 26, 2016

Universal Studios Singapore Chinese New Year Update

恭喜发财!Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Chinese New Year is just around the corner! This year's Chinese New Year (aka. Lunar New Year) will fall on February 8th, which is in mere 2 weeks!

Universal Studios Singapore has already got itself into the holiday mood. Let's take a walk in the park and check out all the new decorations!

January 18, 2016

Fastpass and Single Rider Attractions in Shanghai Disneyland

Shanghai Disneyland is opening later this year. Since the opening date, June 16, is fairly close to school summer holidays, I can't help worrying about the huge crowds in the park during its first few months.

Fortunately, Fastpasses and Single Rider lines can help reduce the wait times significantly. Today let's take a look at those attractions with which you can enjoy these benefits!

Single Rider Lines

If you are enjoying the park by yourself, you may enter the Single Rider line for the following attractions!

January 13, 2016

Shanghai Disney Resort Set to Open on June 16, 2016

Disney has finally announced the opening date of Shanghai Disney Resort, June 16, 2016.

Shanghai Disney Resort will include the following attractions and destinations on the opening day.
  • Shanghai Disneyland, a theme park with six themed lands: Adventure Isle, Gardens of Imagination, Mickey Avenue, Tomorrowland, Treasure Cove and Fantasyland, with the Enchanted Storybook Castle. Guests will be immersed in popular Disney stories that come to life at the largest castle in a Disney park, at the first Pirates-themed land in a Disney park, on the longest Disney Parks parade route and in more enchanting places filled with thrills, creativity and adventure. Many of Shanghai Disneyland’s attractions and entertainment experiences will be appearing in a Disney theme park for the first time.
  • The Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and Toy Story Hotel, imaginatively themed hotels conveniently located near the theme park. The Shanghai Disneyland Hotel is an elegant Art Nouveau-inspired resort with a touch of Disney magic and imagination, while the Toy Story Hotel immerses guests in a world inspired by the toys from the Disney•Pixar series of Toy Story animated films.
  • Disneytown, an international shopping, dining and entertainment district, adjacent to Shanghai Disneyland and including the Walt Disney Grand Theatre, home to the first-ever Mandarin production of the Broadway hit, Disney’s THE LION KING. Another “must-see” for guests will be the innovative World of Disney Store, offering a comprehensive collection of Disney merchandise, including many products designed especially for Shanghai Disney Resort.
  • Wishing Star Park, with beautiful gardens, a walking path and a glittering lake. With approximately 40 hectares, the size of 56 football fields, Wishing Star Park presents guests with awe-inspiring natural views and beautiful sunsets.
The announcement was made this morning, together with a few photo updates of the construction and preparation happening inside the park.

First we take a look at the Enchanted Storybook Castle. It's certainly looking majestic.