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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
  1. 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!



    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

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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

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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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    A collection of recent photos from rides aboard the park's Cable Car:







































    The long line that extends into the main pathway in the last photo is for the Cable Car but this is just temporary while the main queue and entrance for the Cable Car's polar mountain station is being built.

    Sources: https://www.meituan.com/cate/3263119/ and https://m.weibo.cn/2915376504/4300024555048428 and https://m.weibo.cn/2142892554/4300454831835775

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    On the ground construction photos of Fire Falls spinning river rapids - this ride is practically guaranteed to not be open for the grand opening because testing has not even begun and the grand opening is in just over two weeks.



















    Reservations can now be made online for the park's onsite hotel - here's the first set of photos of the rooms









    Temporary signs for the trial operations listing what's open, operating hours, and showtimes



    Walking into the polar mountain



    This ceiling is I think some sort of screen



    Restaurant that's I believe in the polar mountain





    Sources: https://www.meituan.com/cate/3263119/ and https://www.libaclub.com/t_13_10126064_2.htm#562963026 and https://www.libaclub.com/t_13_10126064_1.htm#562958500 and https://m.weibo.cn/2708861163/4298963220347806

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    Nicely landscaped pathway with Steel Dolphin in the background



    Bridge crossing over to the polar area



    The same bridge but facing the other way crossing over to Rainbow Falls



    Archway at one of the park's two canal bridges



    Exterior of the sea lion and walrus show stadium which is still not open



    Jellyfish exhibit



    The Penguin Restaurant is now open! Guests get a great view of the park's Humboldt penguin exhibit while dining. At the door diners are greeted by a pair of penguin chefs. This restaurant is very similar to the penguin restaurant at Chimelong's penguin-themed hotel in Zhuhai.











    Meanwhile in the adjacent Antarctic penguin exhibit the Adelie penguins are starting to build their nests using little rocks



    A sign has been put up at the entrance to the Arctic animal exhibits inside the polar mountain



    Despite most rides not being open yet, long lines do exist

    The longest line is consistently for the dolphin show



    At the dolphin stadium is the Burger King, which not only gets huge lines because its right there when shows end, but its also one of the only restaurants open in that area of the park





    The first long line that many guests are experiencing is before they even enter the park and its not at the gate - right now it seems that the onsite parking garage is not fully open so this forces many guests to park in a nearby parking lot and then they have to wait for a shuttle to drive them over to the park entrance





    Two new night photos - first of the the Steel Dolphin shark tunnel and Christmas Town and then another angle of Christmas Town with the polar mountain lit up in the back





    Sources: http://bbs.fengniao.com/forum/10588131_1.html and http://bbs.fengniao.com/forum/10585820.html and https://www.meituan.com/cate/3263119/ and https://m.weibo.cn/2434626580/4299842245770008

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    Dolphin theater filling up with guests before the show begins



    This is what the theater's seating looks like



    Steel Dolphin





    The whale shark tank's very busy underwater viewing area, and no, the whale sharks haven't arrived yet so the large tank looks pretty barren with only small fish right now



    Christmas Town





    Icing running down the side of Fantasy Dessert



    Interior of Fantasy Dessert





    Here's concept art of the interior for comparison



    Happy go lucky sea creatures ready to take you on a ride around the park's carousel





    The mini jump tower and kiddie coaster are still not open





    This photo was taken from the park's onsite parking garage - when guests come down from the parking garage they first encounter an area to purchase tickets











    Sources: https://www.meituan.com/cate/3263119/ and http://www.huigucuiture.com/index.php?m=&c=Show&a=index&cid=10&id=49

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    Steel Dolphin











    A peak at the coaster's load station which is still being worked on can be seen on the right



    Guests watching penguins swim in the oculus



    Inside Underwater World









    The backside of the entrance fountain



    The backside of the entrance sign



    Guests entering Christmas Town



    Rainbow Falls





    New show in Rainbow Falls



    Guests watching the 4D Theater show



    Seal exhibit



    First sneak peak at the outdoor dolphin exhibit



    General video of the park: https://www.iqiyi.com/w_19s1yxlyj5.html
    Video of the full 360 Dome show: http://video.weibo.com/show?fid=1034%3A4297640066886962

    Sources: http://photo.eastday.com/2018slideshow/20181015_3/index2.html and http://bbs.fengniao.com/forum/10584254_1.html and http://www.mafengwo.cn/photo/poi/56053804.html and https://www.meituan.com/cate/3263119/

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