News emerged overnight that the announcement we’ve long been waiting for is nearly here. We’ve known for a while that an announcement about Shanghai Disneyland could possibly arrive in early April, but as April rapidly approached the endless intractable red tape that has surrounded the years and years of negotiations with the Chinese government showed no sign of abating. Imagineering has continued to refine its plans for the new property, and work is actually underway on the ground, but it always seems like we’re just “one more approval” away from a clear announcement.
Well, now the New York Times and Wall Street Journal are reporting that media have been invited to a “special event” to be held at a Shanghai hotel on April 8th. Disney has yet to comment further on the event, which they’re throwing in conjunction with the Shanghai Shendi Group – the corporation set up by the Chinese government to help build the resort.
While the event could be anything – a mere announcement of final government approvals with a Mickey photo op, perhaps – we can cross our fingers and hope that we’ll finally, finally get some meaningful details (and renderings!) of the theme and composition of this mysterious new resort.