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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Construction Update – February 2015

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Although the construction of Avatar continues mostly out-of-sight, there is a lot of other construction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom we can monitor progress on. From Africa Marketplace to Rivers of Light to the new performance areas in front of the Tree of Life, there’s a lot going on.

Not included in that video are the 11 new animal sculptures that were added to the tree of life. We have that video over here.

Can’t watch the video at the moment, head below to see photos of the changes:

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom construction continues to reshape the park

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Walt Disney’s Imagineers are busy remaking large swaths of one of the world’s most beautiful theme parks – Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Not only is James Cameron’s Avatar project coming to the park, but Africa’s Harambe Village is expanding, the Discovery Island hub is getting a variety of improvements (and a new Starbucks), and the river between Asia and Dino-land is becoming a stage for “Rivers of Light.”

Can’t watch the video? More photos below:

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Shanghai Disneyland Update

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Shanghai Disneyland construction is well underway and working fast to open to the public. In August it appointed Philippe Gas, previously of Disneyland Paris, as General Manager and has been building up a corp group of cast members by sending them to Walt Disney World for training in the parks.

The park itself is already attracted awards. The innovative technology behind the Enchanted Storybook Castle has won the International Architecture award from the American Institute of Architects. Walt Disney Imagineering was recognized for its successful implementation of Building Information Modeling, the process of generating and managing digital representations of structures and facilities.

“As construction of the Shanghai Disney Resort continues on its theme park and associated facility development, we’re constantly defining and redefining themed entertainment with innovation, and we do that not just in the technology behind our attractions, but also in the way we design and develop them,” said Howard Brown, Senior Vice President and Project Development Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering Shanghai. “The Enchanted Storybook Castle is designed with retail, dining, operations and theatrical spaces, and a ride system running through it which marries traditional architectural detailing with modern building technology. It would be hard to imagine designing and building such a complex structure without having one integrated, central, smart model like Building Information Modeling.”

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Disneyland Shanghai Castle Concept Art

The Shanghai Daily posted two concept art drawings from Disney depicting the castle that is destined to be the center piece of the new theme park Disney is building outside Shanghai. We now see the interior and the outside of the ‘Storybook Castle’ that is… Read More »Disneyland Shanghai Castle Concept Art

Hong Kong Disneyland Reveals Loss, but closes gap

Disney’s second theme park in Asia, Hong Kong Disneyland, is still struggling to gain traction in its market. They’ve just revealed the latest negative numbers in a string of years of negative numbers. Disney’s troubled Hong Kong Disneyland theme park made a net loss of… Read More »Hong Kong Disneyland Reveals Loss, but closes gap

Disney brand takes over Chinese Ice Festival

I had seen pictures of the Disney themed Harbin Ice Lantern Festival in China. But I didn’t realize that it was part of a legitimate licensing effort of the Walt Disney Company. What is perhaps the world’s most famous ice festival has become another of… Read More »Disney brand takes over Chinese Ice Festival