Metro Line 11 will run Disney-themed trains on the subway extension taking visitors from Luoshan Road station to Shanghai Disneyland but it ‘will not become a special Disney Line like the one in Hong Kong,’ Metro authorities have said. *Commence temper-tantrum*
Shanghai Daily breaks the news:
About three among the total of 60 trains on Line 11 will have Disney elements painted on and within the trains, said Zhang Jianbin, the chief planner with the Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, the city’s subway operator, speaking to legislators on the sidelines of the annual session of the Shanghai People’s Congress.
“Line 11 won’t totally become a special Disney Line like the one in Hong Kong because it will mainly serve its normal passengers,” Zhang said.
The extension from Luoshan Road station to the Disney paradise will include stations at Kangqiao Road E., Hengxin Road and Disneyland. It should all be up and running by 2015, before Disneyland’s opening.
There will be three different Disney-decorated trains traveling the 9.2-kilometer extension. Plans unveiled by the city showed that the semi-underground Disneyland Metro station will have a blue color scheme that was selected through public poll and will be surrounded by an artificial lake, trees and shrubs.
Last May, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger unveiled the first image of Shanghai Disneyland and construction began last October.
Meanwhile, “construction milestones” were reached at the Shanghai Disney Resort on Thursday, with the first two hotels being topped off with concrete and work on the artificial mountain underway.
The Pudong New Area resort overlooking Disneyland is expected to open by the end of next year.
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