Disney and the Chinese government are set to break ground on the Shanghai Disneyland project on Friday, April 8, according to local reports.
Asiaone.com reports that the Shanghai Daily has quoted anonymous sources as saying that Disney has issued invites to a "special event in Shanghai" on April 8. The company is yet to officially confirm or deny this, but it is consistent with previous reports that the company would release further details of its plans for Shanghai Disneyland in April.
The new resort is set to feature one theme park (Shanghai Disneyland) and at least two hotels when it debuts, with previous reports suggesting that an opening date in 2015 is likely. An official blueprint for the resort was revealed last month, though it is light on detail at this stage.
Work has already begun to build some elements of the resort, including access roads and a central lake. Two separate metro lines will provide transport to the resort from Shanghai, with both terminating at Disneyland station. Line 11 will open during the project's first phase by 2015, with Line 2 being added later.
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?