Saturday, July 28, 2012

So, what about Shanghai?

They haven't even finished Shanghai's Disneyland, but it appears that the Haunted Mansion hasn't been placed anywhere yet.  That was the same situation for Hong Kong's Disneyland, but it is now established that Mystic Manor will be placed in Mystic Point (  That continues the tradition of placing a Haunted Mansion-type attraction in a different area in every Disneyland/Magic Kingdom.

Disneyland - New Orleans Square
Magic Kingdom (WDW) - Liberty Square
Tokyo - Fantasyland
Paris - Frontierland
Hong Kong - Mystic Point

So, what about Shanghai?  Shanghai's Disneyland Park has some interesting departures from the design of other parks as noted at Screamscape (  Currently, the bits and pieces show Main Street is Mickey Avenue and Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Adventureland are there though the latter two are in a reversed orientation with respect to their relative placement in other parks.  There is also an open "green area."  Screamscape also reported a "Toy Story Playland."  If anyone can resolve the more writing on the map (or read Chinese) be my guest (

If one had to place a Haunted Mansion within the park without constructing an additional land, what's available and what's probable?  Fantasyland would duplicate Tokyo.  None of the other lands exist in the current configuration.  At present, that leaves Mickey Avenue, Tomorrowland, Adventureland and Toy Story Playland.  Mickey Avenue does not appear to have a location where the large show building could be placed and themed.  Toy Story Playland appears to be specifically themed in much the same way Cars Land is dedicated at Disney California Adventure.

We're left with Tomorrowland and Adventureland.  So, let's Blue Sky those.  

Tomorrowland could have a Haunted Station which has been taken over by scary extraterrestrials.  Space ghosts?  Disneyland has a "Ghost Galaxy" overlay at Halloween, so it's not unprecedented.  I do like the idea of redoing the three hitchhiking ghosts at the end.  They could be little blue holograms of Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Yoda trying to get back Star Tours.  I'm sure George Lucas will sign another licensing agreement, right?  

Adventureland could have a Haunted Temple.  Maybe it's an ancient tomb that's been found by explorers who released some ancient evil.  The precedent for that is the Temple of the Forbidden Eye at Disneyland.  I'm sure Spielberg will sign another licensing agreement, right?

- Jeff C.

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