Earlier this summer, The Walt Disney Company opened Shanghai Disneyland, their 12th theme park worldwide and first in Mainland China. Closer to home, Walt Disney World is celebrating the debut of it latest theme park sibling with a new exhibit at Epcot’s China Pavilion. Located at “The House of the Whispering Willows Gallery” (which hosted a similar exhibit celebrating the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland in 2005), “Inside Shanghai Disney Resort” showcases models, maquettes, concept art, and more to give guests a behind the scenes look at the creation of the latest Disney destination.
Among the items on display in the “Fantasyland” section of the gallery is a mosaic depicting Rapunzel, the star of Disney’s 2010 animated feature “Tangled,” blowing on a dandelion as she looks out her tower’s window. This piece served as an early mock-up for a portion of a mosaic now installed as part of Shanghai Disneyland’s iconic “Enchanted Storybook Castle,” which, as opposed to previous Disney Parks castles, is dedicated to all the Disney Princess. According to the plaque hanging next to it, this full-sized sample “was created to help Imagineers choose the right color and shade for the final mosaic,” but today it also serves as a way for Epcot guests to get a small taste of how Disney continues to celebrate its animation legacy in the latest magic kingdom.