It’s been just over three years since Disney first revealed Enchanted Storybook Castle as the centerpiece of Shanghai Disneyland. Since then, details about this under-construction theme park have been slowly revealed.
Now, in a recent presentation for the 2014 BIM Awards, Walt Disney Imagineering has unveiled thorough details of their architectural design work that has been created for Shanghai’s Enchanted Storybook Castle – the biggest theme park castle Disney has ever developed.
Enchanted Storybook Castle will include a grand staircase, restaurant, areas for an outdoor stage show with fountains, theatrical lighting, and fireworks, salon, store, garden, character areas, and two attractions, one walk-through and the other a boat ride. Its 196.8 foot height will make it even taller than Cinderella Castle.
A glimpse at Enchanted Storybook Castle was offered at the 2011 D23 Expo, when its boat ride was first announced, as seen in the video below.
Video: Shanghai Disneyland Enchanted Storybook Castle virtual fly-through
But the magic of the completed structure will hide the incredible amount of work that was put into its creation.
Designing all of these experiences to fit inside a beautiful outer shell is no easy task, one that Imagineers have taken great pride in completing. The presentation detailed how each discipline worked together to create the final construction plans, the complexity of which is obvious in this cross-section of the castle plans: