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10 Things We Know About Shanghai Disney

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On June 16, 2016, the newest Disney theme park will open, making it the franchise's first theme park in mainland China and the company's sixth resort overall. While Shanghai Disneyland will have the same feel as the other Disney parks—a castle, specific themed lands, on-property resort hotels—there’s are a few big differences and new attractions that can only be found at the Shanghai gate. Here’s what we know so far.

1. IT WILL BE DISNEY'S SECOND LARGEST THEME PARK.

It terms of acreage, the theme park will be second only to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, which spans more than 25,000 acres. Shanghai Disneyland is a grand total of 963 acres, including nearly 100 acres of gardens, parks, and lakes.

2. GRAVES HAD TO BE MOVED TO BUILD THE THEME PARK.

If you think you see a specter in the park, don’t assume it’s part of the Haunted Mansion ride. More than 1200 graves had to be relocated in order to make way for the new park. To help pay for new burial spots, the municipal government offered financial compensation to families of the deceased.

3. ITS ENCHANTED STORYBOOK CASTLE WILL BE THE TALLEST IN ANY DISNEY PARK.

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It’s also the first castle that won't be home to just one royal tenant, but instead “will represent all the princesses from Disney’s rich and timeless heritage,” according to Disney. The highest point of the castle is topped with a golden peony, China’s national flower. Inside, guests can participate in a walk-through attraction called “Once Upon A Time Adventure” that takes them through some of the most beloved stories.

4. IT WILL BE THE FIRST DISNEY PARK TO INCORPORATE A PIRATE-THEMED LAND.

Yo-ho, yo-ho, it’s a pirate’s life for Shanghai. With the massive success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, it’s really no surprise that Disney has chosen its Shanghai park to introduce Treasure Cove, the first land that is exclusively pirate-themed. The area will include a Pirates of the Caribbean ride, of course, but will also have “Explorer Canoes,” a walk-through pirate ship, and an eatery called “Barbossa’s Bounty.”

5. THERE WILL BE A GARDEN INSPIRED BY THE CHINESE ZODIAC.

“The Garden of the Twelve Friends” will be part of an 11-acre collection of gardens and attractions located at the center of the park. It will feature a grove of peach trees and mosaic tiles representing a Disney character that corresponds with each of the zodiac animals. Here’s the lineup:

The Rat: Rémy from Disney Pixar’s Ratatouille (2007).
The Ox: Babe The Blue Ox from the short film Paul Bunyan (1958).
The Tiger: Tigger from Winnie The Pooh.
The Rabbit: Thumper from Bambi.
The Dragon: Mushu from Mulan.
The Snake: Kaa from The Jungle Book.
The Horse: Maximus from Tangled.
The Sheep: Jolly Holiday Lambs from Mary Poppins.
The Monkey: Abu from Aladdin.
The Rooster: Allan-A-Dale from Robin Hood.
The Dog: Pluto from various Disney shorts. 
The Pig: Hamm from the Disney•Pixar Toy Story films.

6. IT WILL BE THE ONLY PARK TO HAVE A TRON RIDE.

If you’ve always wanted to ride a Lightcycle, get thyself to Shanghai Disneyland, where you can experience the new Lightcycle Rollercoaster. Here’s a brief preview, with bonus Baymax at the end:

7. GUESTS CAN STAY AT A TOY STORY-THEMED HOTEL.

Themed hotels are not a new concept for Disney resorts, but this 800-room building will be the first to exclusively feature Buzz, Woody, and all of their Toy Story pals. It won't be the only option for on-property lodging. The grounds will also be home to Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, which will include 420 rooms and feature an Art Nouveau theme.

8. THERE'S GOING TO BE A MARVEL PRESENCE ...

A guest experience in the Tomorrowland section of the park will allow guests to embark upon a “multimedia mission” in the Marvel Universe. They’ll get up close with some of their favorite superheroes and even try their hand at drawing them.

9. ... AND A STAR WARS PRESENCE AS WELL.

Though it won’t be as aggressive as the stateside Star Wars Land expansion, the Force will definitely be felt at Shanghai Disneyland. Luke, Leia, Kylo Ren, and all of their Sith and Jedi pals will be available for meet-and-greets; guests will also get to view props and memorabilia and immerse themselves in set pieces.

10. THE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT WILL BE CALLED "DISNEYTOWN."

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Like the other Disney resorts, Shanghai Disneyland will include a themed shopping area. Called “Disneytown,” the district will feature shopping, dining, and the first-ever Mandarin production of The Lion King on Broadway.

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How Did the Super Bowl's 'I'm Going to Disney World' Slogan Originate?
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It’s a Super Bowl tradition as recognizable as catchy commercials, lengthy halftime shows, and mounds of leftover guacamole, but how did the famous "I'm going to Disney World" and "I'm going to Disneyland" slogans make their way to (almost) every big game since 1987?

The idea for the slogan itself can be credited to Jane Eisner, the wife of former Disney CEO Michael Eisner. In 2015, he recounted the story behind the tagline to Sports Illustrated:

"In January 1987, we were launching Disneyland’s Star Tours, an attraction based on Star Wars. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, my wife, Jane, and I had dinner with George Lucas, as well as Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, who had just become the first people to fly around the world without stopping. It was late and the conversation hit a lull as we waited for our food. So I asked Dick and Jeana, 'Well, now that you’ve accomplished the pinnacle of your aspirations, what could you possibly do next?' Rutan responded, without hesitation, 'I’m going to Disneyland.' And of course I go, 'Wow, that’s cool! You made the right choice.' But my wife interjects: 'You know, that’s a good slogan.'"

Around this time, the NFL playoffs were well underway, with the New York Giants and Denver Broncos set to face each other at Super Bowl XXI. What better time to unveil this new marketing slogan than at the biggest TV event of the year? Once Eisner decided on a time and place to debut the phrase, the teams’ two quarterbacks, Phil Simms and John Elway, both received identical offers: $75,000 for the winner to say "I’m going to Disney World" and "I’m going to Disneyland" to a Disney camera as they ran off the field after the game. This would then be used in a commercial with Disney World or Disneyland being shown depending on where it aired. (This is then oftentimes followed by an actual trip to a Disney park within the next few days, where the spokesperson takes part in a parade in his team's honor). 

Simms was hesitant at first, but once he heard Elway agreed to it, he was on board. The NFL also signed off on Disney’s plan, so now it was up to the company to find a way to get their cameras on the field before all-out madness could erupt. Tom Elrod, Disney’s president of marketing and entertainment in 1987, told Sports Illustrated:

"We wanted it to be authentic, but that meant being the first camera on the field, in the most frenetic environment you could possibly imagine. We’d be competing with broadcast crews and journalists and hangers-on and teammates, just to have some guy look into a camera and say, 'I’m going to Disney World.' It’s wild if you think about it. That first year, I don’t think anyone thought that was achievable."

It’s a good thing the reluctant Simms changed his tune about Disney’s offer, because his Giants beat Elway’s Broncos 39-20. Not only was Simms awarded his first Super Bowl win and the game’s MVP award, he also got a cool $75,000 for uttering two simple sentences (though he had to say both sentences three times each, just to be sure). 

The tradition has carried on ever since, except in 2005 for Super Bowl XXXIX and in 2016 for Super Bowl 50, when no commercials aired (though Super Bowl 50's winning quarterback, Peyton Manning, went to Disneyland anyway).

The slogan now extends beyond football, having been uttered by everyone from NBA players to Olympians and American Idol contestants. And even if they don't wind up in a commercial, chances are a championship team will still be greeted by a Disney park parade, like the one thrown for the Chicago Cubs in 2016. 

Have you got a Big Question you'd like us to answer? If so, let us know by emailing us at bigquestions@mentalfloss.com.

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Watch a Screenplay Go from Script to Screen in This Clip From Inside Out
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If a movie were a person, its script would be the skeleton. The essentials—narrative, protagonists, dialogue, etc.—are all there, but they need to be fleshed out to fully come to life. Enter characters (either played by actors or animated), music, and special effects, and suddenly simple words on a page have transformed into a motion picture.

In the new Pixar-produced video below, which was first spotted by Gizmodo, you can compare the screenplay of 2015's Inside Out with the theatrical version released in theaters. The text scrolls down the screen's bottom half as a corresponding scene from the film progresses, allowing viewers to juxtapose what they're watching with what they're reading. This way, aspiring screenwriters and Pixar fans alike can see firsthand how a movie moves from a bare-bones script to a fully realized film.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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