Theme park to be built in Pudong

SHANGHAI — Walt Disney’s Shanghai theme park will be built in a 2.7 square-mile area in Pudong designated as a tourist destination, according to a draft blueprint posted Saturday on the city government’s website.

The park will feature three theme parks — “Magic Kingdom,” “Epcot” and “Animal Kingdom.”

Construction of the first phase will start in June and won’t be completed until the end of 2014 at the earliest, the Xinhua news agency reports.

The first phase of the government-backed project covers 1.5 square miles and includes a theme park, hotels, car parks, a lake and commuter stations, according to the plan. The municipality will extend two subway lines connecting to the site.

Mayor Han Zheng said earlier this month that the first phase will cost $3.7 billion, and the park is expected to attract 7.3 million visitors a year when it opens in 2015, the city government said in a statement.

Disney signed a contract in November with state-owned Shanghai Shendi Group to build the facility.

The attraction will be its fourth theme park outside the U.S. after Paris, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

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