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Local Name:
25 Apr 2012
Construction Start:
29 Mar 2015
16 Nov 2018
Shanghai, China
30 ha
Haichang Ocean Park Holdings
Haichang Ocean Park Holdings
Feasibility Study / Consultants:
Arcplus, Hisamitsu Cultural Facility, Huajian Group, Legacy, Shanghai Wandu Wenrong, Sywa Studio, The Producers Group, Tianzhu Theme Tourism Design
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

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  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

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  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

  4. Michael is offline themeparX Top Investigator
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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:

    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

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  5. Christian Ahuis is offline Park Investigator
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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:

  6. Michael is offline themeparX Top Investigator
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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!

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    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

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  7. Michael is offline themeparX Top Investigator
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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

    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

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  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


    The jumping tower ride is still undergoing testing

    Couple of nice photos of the kiddie coaster in action

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  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

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  10. Michael is offline themeparX Top Investigator
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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

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