by Matt Alderton | July 17, 2015
Its first theme park in mainland China, Shanghai Disneyland, will have six themed lands with attractions and entertainment designed especially for Chinese visitors, The Walt Disney Co. announced this week, unveiling for the first time a detailed look inside its latest theme park, scheduled to open in spring 2016 in Shanghai, China.

 "We are building something truly special here in Shanghai that not only showcases the best of Disney's storytelling, but also celebrates and incorporates China's incredibly rich heritage to create a one-of-a-kind destination that will delight and entertain the people of China for generations to come," Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger (pictured) said at a special event during which he unveiled a scale model of the new park. "We are taking everything we've learned from our six decades of exceeding expectations -- along with our relentless innovation and famous creativity to create a truly magical place that is both authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese."

 Shanghai Disneyland's six themed lands will include:

• Adventure Isle, which will immerse visitors in a newly discovered lost world;
• Gardens of Imagination, which will celebrate the natural world;
• Mickey Avenue, which will serve as Shanghai Disneyland's Main Street;
• Tomorrowland, which will celebrate technology and the future of Shanghai;
• Treasure Cove, which will feature a pirate theme; and
• Fantasyland, which will be inspired by Disney's animated films and will feature the Enchanted Storybook Castle.

 Highlights will include Star Wars Launch Bay, themed around the Star Wars Galaxy from the "Star Wars" film franchise; Marvel Universe, an attraction themed around Marvel superheroes; Voyage to the Crystal Grotto, a waterborne excursion that takes visitors underneath and inside the Enchanted Storybook Castle; Garden of the Twelve Friends, where animals of the Chinese zodiac will be reimagined as Disney and Disney-Pixar characters; Battle for the Sunken Treasure, a stunt show featuring Captain Jack Sparrow; Wishing Star Park, which will feature gardens, a walking path, and a lake; and Disneytown, an international shopping, dining, and entertainment district adjacent to Shanghai Disneyland.

 The resort will feature two hotels: Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and Toy Story Hotel.