Work on essential supporting infrastructure for Shanghai Disneyland is reportedly almost complete, paving the way for construction of the theme park itself to begin this year.
Shanghai Daily reports that the installation of roads, rivers and essential facilities will be completed over the coming months, enabling Disney's own crews to start putting together Shanghai Disneyland's themed lands. The resort is due to open its gates in 2015, boasting a number of hotels and an entertainment district alongside the theme park.
The Shangai Disneyland Resort is set to host one of the most unique Disney parks built to date. It will be the first "Magic Kingdom-style" park not to feature a Main Street, USA at its entrance. Instead, it will 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 concept artwork.
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.