An official blueprint of the Shanghai Disneyland Resort has been made public, showing how the resort's theme park, hotels and other amenities will be laid out.
The map, shown below, does not give away any further details on which rides and attractions will be present in the resort's first theme park, Shanghai Disneyland. However, it does appear to indicate that the resort will feature four hotels, at least one of which is likely to offer views over the theme park. Previously, only two hotels had been confirmed via a Disney job advertisement.
The plans also refer to "commercial facilities", which could indicate a Downtown Disney-style retail and entertainment area. The empty area next to the first theme park (in the top-right of the plan) is highly likely to be home to the resort's second gate, which it is rumored will be a version of Epcot or Animal Kingdom from Walt Disney World.
As previously revealed, a new Metro line will be constructed to transport guests to and from the Shanghai Disneyland Resort when it opens. However, the plan shows that rather than a single, 9.2 kilometre line as previously reported, two separate metro lines will provide coverage at the resort. Line 11 will open during the project's first phase by 2015, with Line 2 being added later. Both will terminate at Disneyland Station.
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Water is set to feature heavily in the Shanghai Disneyland Resort, as shown in the only concept art released to date (above). The entire resort will be surrounded by a 60-metre-wide river, which will be around 10 kilometres in length. In addition, a central lake covering some 96 acres is already under construction at a cost of $41.5 million.
Construction on Shanghai Disneyland is set to begin in May, with the new resort due to open to the public in 2015. Work has already begun to build some elements of the resort, including access roads and the lake. As with its previous overseas resorts in Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong, Disney has secured a local partner to help fund the Shanghai resort. It is set to be majority-owned by the Chinese government, which will take a 57% stake.
The resort will be Disney's fourth outside of the US, after Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland. The Shanghai Disneyland park is expected to attract 7.3 million visitors a year.
You can find out more about Disney's next resort in our special feature: Shanghai Disneyland: What are the facts and rumors on Disney's latest resort?