It looks like the folks behind Shanghai Disneyland are feeling a little less confident about that previously projected 2015 finish date. Construction of the theme park will be “basically” finished this year, Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong said yesterday, adding that the Shanghai Disney Resort’s opening is still being discussed.
Frankly, we were a bit surprised that the 2015 completion date for the Magic Kingdom-style theme park was still being pushed, considering the rather bleak state of things over at the Pudong site as of recent. But then again, this is the Middle Kingdom, where entire cities seemingly pop up overnight.
A source familiar with the resort told China Daily earlier in January that there ‘might be some difficulty with a 2015 opening’.
Shanghai Construction Group Co. Ltd., one of the major contractors behind the resort, said at the beginning of December that the first phase of of the theme park would be completed by the end of January. Mayor Yang’s remarks seem to express a bit less certainty.
The latest milestone in the resort’s development as of December 5 was the theme park’s landmark “mountain”, the second highest structure at Shanghai Disney Resort, getting topped-out (below).
Upon its eventual completion, the resort will become the sixth theme park of The Walt Disney Co., joining the likes of those in LA, Orlando, Florida, the US, Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong.
[Images via iFeng]