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Local Name:
Former Name(s):
World of Water, Shanghai Polar Ocean World
25 Apr 2012
Construction Start:
29 Mar 2015
16 Nov 2018
30 ha
  1. All the way up through Legacy Entertainment's Schematic Design package of Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park, the Penguin Exhibit Pavilion was intended to be its own standalone element. In later phases, it was decided to combine it with the "Science Pavilion", slightly reducing the scope and ambition of the penguin display. Should it have been realized as intended, here's what Legacy Entertainment's unique aquarium design would have looked like. Bisected by an "ice slide", have of the pavilion would have been dedicated to Temperate (warm water) Penguins, with the other being home to cold water penguins.

  2. Legacy Entertainment's aquarium design of the 'Coral Cathedral' Jellyfish pavilion at Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park blends educational content with dazzling visual displays. In addition to extensive Jellyfish exhibits, the futuristic building is also home to the marine life theme park's extensive Coral Reef exhibit.

  3. Another unique attraction planned-but-not-built for Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park was a dark ride called MAGIC OCEANS. Legacy Entertainment's dark ride design team included Phil Mendez, best known in the theme park sector for his character designs on Monster Mansion (formerly Monster Plantation) at Six Flags Over Georgia. The hanging dark ride would have utilized ABC Ride's Swing Glider ride system, and would have been only the second installation of this ride type, with the other being Turbo Drachen at Potts Park in Germany. The ride would have begun with a slow-moving indoor portion, followed by a thrilling high-speed outdoor finale over the park's Rainbow Falls warm water island.

  4. Legacy Entertainment's theme park design of Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park includes two opposing mountains on opposite sides of the park. The iconic volcano on the warm water side is home to Lava Drifting- WhiteWater West's unique Spinning Rapids Ride (which also hold's the record for World's Longest Rapids Ride).

    On the opposite side of the park, the winter mountain was originally to be home to an extensive Log Flume themed to The Snow Queen fairy tale. Unlike Disney's Frozen, also based on The Snow Queen, this hybrid Log Flume / Dark Ride would have been more faithful to Hans Christian Andersen's story.

  5. Opposite Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park's iconic volcano is another iconic mountain, central to Legacy Entertainment's theme park design concept of these two lands being 'polar opposites' of each other. Part of the park's Port Majestic cold water theme zone, this winter mountain is programmed with both animal exhibits and food & beverage venues. Further more, both of the park's icon mountains are connected by an aerial gondola skyway system. A WhiteWater / Hopkins flume ride, themed to The Snow Queen fairy tale, was eliminated after Schematic Design.

  6. The Sandcastle Restaurant is the largest eatery in Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park. Legacy Entertainment's theme park design placed the facility adjacent to the park's beach-themed family rides zone in Rainbow Falls land- the park's warm water island.

  7. Legacy Entertainment's theme park design of Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park staged the park around two iconic mountains- one being an icy glacial peak, and the other a lush tropical volcano. Located in Rainbow Falls, the park's warm water zone, the volcano is home to the park's resident Whale Sharks. These images, from both Concept Design and Schematic Design, showcase Legacy Entertainment's intent for the volcano, including a rooftop Kuka Arm attraction ultimately eliminated for budget purposes. In addition to hosting the park's Whale Shark pavilion, the volcano also integrates the Lava Drifting Spinning Rapids Ride, the park's Aerial Skyway gondola network, along with two restaurants.

  8. During the Concept Design phase of Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park, the park's signature Steel Dolphin coaster was conceived by Legacy Entertainment as an Intamin Aquatrax coaster. It would have only been the second of its kind in the world, following Atlantis Adventure at Lotte World in Seoul, Korea. While the ride type was changed to a multi-launch Blitz Coaster during Schematic Design, key features from the original design, including the tunnel dive and splashdown were maintained.

  9. A subsection of Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park's Rainbow Falls land is the GOLD COAST- the park's highest concentration of attractions for young children. During the park's early design phases, Legacy Entertainment conceptualized the zone to feel like a colorful fantasy beachfront, accentuated by fantastical sandcastle structures.

    Of Legacy's ride designs seen here, several continued through subsequent phases and are present in the final theme park, including the Zamperla Flying Tigers, Zamperla Jumping Star, and Zamperla family coaster.

  10. Arguably the most unique attraction at Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park is "Lava Drifting"- the current record holder for the World's Longest Rapids Ride. The attraction was designed in collaboration between Legacy Entertainment and WhiteWater West, with WhiteWater combining 3 of their ride systems to create a first-of-its-kind experience. During the park's Concept Design phase, the attraction had a more-elaborate show narrative, as seen in these original storyboards from Legacy Entertainment. While the ride's layout remained intact, some scenes and special effects did not make it into the final attraction on opening day. However, the spaces for them still exist, and the possibility exists to enhance the attraction in subsequent phases.

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