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Local Name:
上海海昌海洋公园
Budget:
720M
Announced:
25 Apr 2012
Construction Start:
29 Mar 2015
Opening:
16 Nov 2018
Location:
Shanghai, China
Area:
30 ha
Developer:
Haichang Ocean Park Holdings
Operator:
Haichang Ocean Park Holdings
Feasibility Study / Consultants:
Designers:
Arcplus, Hisamitsu Cultural Facility, Huajian Group, Legacy, Shanghai Wandu Wenrong, Sywa Studio, The Producers Group, Tianzhu Theme Tourism Design
Contractors:
AFacility, CEFOC, CSCEC, Nanjing Gigantic Building Materials, Shanghai Puhui Construction, Yuansheng
Ride Suppliers:
Hirain, Intamin, Leitner-Poma, WhiteWater, Zamperla
Other Suppliers:
China Metallurgical, Fantasy Glass, IACC
  1. Michael is offline themeparX Top Investigator
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    Work continues on Fire Falls spinning river rapids this first photo shows the ride's signature manta slide section on the left and load area on the right. The building being built in the back is I believe the warehouse for the parade floats.









    Choo-choo! All aboard the Snow Train!









    The sea lion and walrus show has still yet to open





    Photo of the dark ride's queue and new on-ride photos









    New photos of the hotel









    View of the park from a hotel room



    Sources: https://m.weibo.cn/status/4312686558528611 and https://m.weibo.cn/status/4312564114906513 and https://m.weibo.cn/status/4312526634159806

  2. Michael is offline themeparX Top Investigator
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    It's time for another update! This one is focused on two of the park's main rides, Steel Dolphin launch coaster and Fire Falls spinning river rapids

    First is great on-ride photos and full POV video of the Steel Dolphin coaster by Intamin











    Queue and sign





    Recent off-ride photos





    Work continues on Fire Falls by WhiteWater - decorations continue to be added along the ride but testing has not begun yet























    Sources: https://m.weibo.cn/status/4312824791131524 and https://m.weibo.cn/status/4313055301160099 and https://touch.travel.qunar.com/comment/5927978

  3. Michael is offline themeparX Top Investigator
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    Brand new photos of some of the lesser photographed areas of the park:

    Outdoor dolphin exhibit







    Dolphin Theater entrance



    Inside the Dolphin Theater lobby



    Inside the arctic/train themed restaurant



    Second floor of restaurant has outdoor terrace



    A splash pad and koi fish touch pool recently opened





    Peaceful pathways through Rainbow Falls area of park





    Part of the queue for the Cable Car ride is indoors



    Rainforest Food Court is now open - it's located on the side of the volcano along a creek









    A sign in the Coral & Jellyfish pavilion shows a detailed layout of the building



    Digital displays in the Coral & Jellyfish pavilion



    The sea lion and walrus show has yet to begin but the entrance to the show's theater looks almost complete



    Futuristic corridor inside the penguin exhibit building


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    Steel Dolphin seems to be fully operational now

















    Another peak at the outdoor dolphin exhibit



    Video of dolphins in the outdoor exhibit: http://video.weibo.com/show?fid=1034:4310256029991870

    Recent aerial photos





    The Jumping Tower kiddie ride has finally opened!





    The Penguin Restaurant's second floor has an overhead view of the Humboldt penguin exhibit - this in contrast to the adjacent Antarctic penguin exhibit where guests can view those penguins from an underwater viewing oculus





    New photos of the park's dark ride, "Adventures in the Sea"







    The train at the station



    Sources: https://www.meituan.com/cate/3263119/ and http://www.mafengwo.cn/poi/56053804.html and https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/q1jGah3wRoi3yK8ebE0MCg and https://m.weibo.cn/1662610685/4310652786777996 and https://m.weibo.cn/5943353465/4310908807154212 and https://m.weibo.cn/1965428453/4310262280547102 and https://media.weibo.cn/article?id=2309404311584305482735 and http://www.hiraingroup.com/Company-News/557.html

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    With permission of the park we made a drone video some in end of October, during the soft opening, for Legacy Entertainment:

    https://youtu.be/60MK6q6FX9A

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    Work is still taking place on Fire Falls spinning rapids and at the side of the volcano near where the ride's entrance will be



    A brand new video was just posted online showing us the first POV clip of front row on Steel Dolphin!



    Link to video: https://www.weibo.com/tv/v/H3YNPnN7d?fid=1034:4309487117360195

    The train ride around and through the polar mountain is now fully operational











    New photos of exterior and interior the park's onsite hotel





















    View from the hotel at night



    Additional photos of the parade which began recently - guests can get a great view of it from aboard the Cable Cars





    Sources: https://m.dianping.com/appshare/shop/18423764 and http://hotels.lvmama.com/hotel/1672218.html and https://m.weibo.cn/5674822388/4309256398140292 and https://m.weibo.cn/1636121385/4307040236795674 and https://m.weibo.cn/2266006373/4308498114294671 and https://m.weibo.cn/3165819443/4305219603052874 and https://m.weibo.cn/2602827262/4307450150425072 and https://m.weibo.cn/1947789993/4308164431637336 and https://m.weibo.cn/3855130073/4308179862734729 and https://m.weibo.cn/1553106273/4307039603676814 and https://m.weibo.cn/2090891855/4307428223006364 and http://www.dianping.com/shop/121692683

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    New aerial overview of the park and concept art for comparison






    New photos and details have come out about the park's dark ride, "Adventures in the Sea"

    The ride's track is 273 meters in length and features 8 scenes, 10 large screens, and 1 undersea tunnel





    A day after the park's grand opening both the Snow Train and Steel Dolphin coaster opened! It seems that both rides ended up closing later in the day and were closed for the entire day on November 18. It has been rainy in Shanghai so that might have caused the ride closures...

    Entrance to the Snow Train





    The one and only Snow Train



    Views aboard the train







    Sign at the entrance to Steel Dolphin



    Videos of the first ever ride on Steel Dolphin

    http://video.weibo.com/show?fid=1034:4307310961715240

    http://video.weibo.com/show?fid=1034:4307310982686898

    http://video.weibo.com/show?fid=1034:4307311003658562

    In addition to park maps, showtimes guides are now being distributed at the entrance





    A ride aboard the park's Cable Cars



    For the grand opening dolphin trainers got new wetsuits



    Exterior and interior of the Sand Castle Restaurant





    Facial recognition being used at the gate



    A Shangahi Haichang Ocean Park staff member creating marine life art out of what I believe to be pebbles



    Sources: https://www.skypixel.com/pilot/videos/share/e528004d-4e4e-4ef1-ab22-77540cbc9ae6 and https://new.qq.com/omn/20181116/20181116G0R5S0.html and https://m.dianping.com/appshare/shop/18423764

  8. Michael is offline themeparX Top Investigator
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    After more than six years in the making and an investment of almost a quarter of a billion dollars, today, November 16, 2018, Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park officially held its grand opening! Unfortunately Steel Dolphin coaster and sea lion/walrus show did not open but the significant opening of the day was the premiere of the park's orca show and the stadium was at standing room only









    Huge lines for the first killer whale show





    Guests viewing the whales at the underwater viewing window



    During the grand opening ceremony, the park's executive director, along with the president of the National Aquatic Wildlife Protection Branch, the vice president of Shanghai Ocean University, and the director of the Aquarium Professional Committee of the China Association of Natural Science Museums, announced the launch of the "Shanghai Haichang Marine Biological Conservation Foundation" in which Haichang will put 5 million yuan towards the foundation plus 1 yuan from every park ticket purchased will go directly towards the fund.







    Crowds lining up at the entrance in the morning



    New sign displaying the daily showtimes



    New digital directories throughout the park



    Special grand opening park tickets

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    The jumping tower ride is still undergoing testing



    Couple of nice photos of the kiddie coaster in action





    Sources: https://m.weibo.cn/2109885920/4306941885008034 and http://www.lvjie.com.cn/destination/2018/1116/9776.html and https://life.online.sh.cn/content/2018-11/16/content_9112954_4.htm and https://baijiahao.baidu.com/s?id=1617347067839633167&wfr=spider&for=pc and http://m.dianping.com/appshare/shop/18423764

  9. Michael is offline themeparX Top Investigator
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    Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park's grand opening is in less than 24 hours! According to Haichang many of the main attractions that have yet to open including Steel Dolphin and Killer Whale Theater will be opening tomorrow so be sure to check back on themeparX for a plethora of photos from the grand opening.



    Special banners for the grand opening are now found throughout the park



    A cool view of Steel Dolphin



    The daytime parade has begun - eventually there will also be a nighttime parade out in the park's central canal





    It looks like the top and bottom of the cable cars light up at night



    Construction on the spinning river rapids by WhiteWater continues





    The outdoor dolphin exhibit is now partially open



    The recently opened dark ride's load area



    Side view of the volcano



    There's also now a waterfall towards the side



    The Snow Train is expected to open tomorrow



    A nice view of Christmas Town



    Inside the polar mountain trainers now regularly perform with the beluga whales underwater



    The theme park at night



    Sources: https://m.weibo.cn/2283038753/4306331139809742 and https://m.weibo.cn/1833028254/4306371090251613 and https://www.meituan.com/cate/3263119/ and https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/tct2YRk9UGlG4v0kSH422w https://m.weibo.cn/2693981445/4305992198104237 and https://m.weibo.cn/1884841937/4305160269886725 and https://m.weibo.cn/1582828697/4305517108959932 and https://m.weibo.cn/2217180230/4305806000835482 and https://m.weibo.cn/1639218421/4306007054132795 and http://www.pdtimes.com.cn/html/2018-11/15/content_2_2.htm

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    Testing of Steel Dolphin continues... I could be wrong but I think they're still building the exterior of the coaster's load station



    New green turf or matting of some sort is being placed on the roof of the dark ride building and in the distance you can see that the "manta" of the spinning river rapids looks complete



    A few days ago the park's dark ride named "Adventures in the Sea" opened! So far I've only found one on-ride photo from when it goes through an aquarium tank and a photo of the queue







    Some of the outdoor seating at the Sand Castle Restaurant is now open so we get a good look at the other side of the exterior





    Another ride that just opened is the park's kiddie coaster!







    Screens have been added to either side of the whale shark tank's main underwater viewing window



    When mermaid performers go in the tank for shows this area gets extremely crowded







    The main entrance queue for the Cable Car's station at the polar mountain is now open





    Inside the polar mountain there's now a second bear on display



    Central area at the seal and sea lion exhibit



    For an upcharge guests can now feed the sea lions





    Sources: https://www.meituan.com/cate/3263119/ and https://m.weibo.cn/1862306712/4303855649455398 and https://m.weibo.cn/1734354650/4304117192813053 and https://m.weibo.cn/5585432558/4303671892163827 and https://m.weibo.cn/3158540720/4303063177053394

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