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Report: Shanghai Disneyland to feature all-new raft ride, Jungle Cruise-style attraction

Shanghai Disneyland concept art

A new report has claimed that Shanghai Disneyland will feature an all-new raft ride and a Jungle Cruise-style boat ride when it opens in 2015.

Blue Sky Disney claims that the raft ride will use a similar system to the Grizzly River Run attraction at Disney California Adventure. However, it is set to feature an original theme as part of Disney's attempts to differentiate the first park on the Chinese mainland.

The attraction is claimed to be visible in the top right-hand corner of the concept art below. Speculation had previously centered on this area being home to a revived version of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride that was originally designed for Hong Kong Disneyland (but never built).

Shanghai Disneyland concept art 1

Image © Disney

In addition to the raft ride, the report goes on to claim that Shanghai Disneyland will also feature a boat ride in the style of Disneyland's Jungle Cruise. Missing from the plans is a Space Mountain rollercoaster, although this was also the case for Disneyland Paris where a version of the coaster was opened as part of later expansion work.

Shanghai Disneyland is set to be the first "Magic Kingdom-style" Disney park not to feature a Main Street, USA at its entrance. Instead, it is set to include an 11 acre entry area featuring water elements, trees and costumed characters. However, some traditional features such as a Dumbo The Flying Elephant ride and a carousel do appear in the artwork. Disney claims the space will be a "place where family and friends can enjoy local cultural celebrations and customs together".

Shanghai Disneyland concept art 3

Image © Disney

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.

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