Jessica C. (NDI#21) (81 Posts)

Living in Delaware her whole life, Jessica did not know much about Walt Disney World until she went at 13 years old. That initial trip, though, got her hooked on the magic. As the years went on, she did everything she could to learn more about Disney (including watching documentaries and reading books). She did not know many people that shared her passion until she discovered the wonders of the internet and the Disney community found on it. She has gotten involved with as many Disney projects as she can, including writing the weekly news articles for The Disney Driven Life and writing for her own blog, The True Disney Fan. Jessica has also taken on a position with Celebrations Magazine, working the social media aspects of the publication. Through all these platforms, Jessica strives to bring as much Disney magic as possible into her everyday life, and she works to share it with everyone she meets!

Photo Credit: Disney

This past Friday, work on the planned Disney amusement park in Shanghai has begun after several delays.  Walt Disney held a special press event this past week for the special event in Shanghai, which began the construction of the sixth Disney park in the world (other locations including Florida and California in the US, and Paris, Tokyo, and Hong Kong–in case you didn’t know.)

The park will be built on 963 acres of land, a size that is only 1/26th the size of Walt Disney World in Florida and is estimated to cost $3.7 billion. Besides the theme park itself, the site will also be home to two hotels, what is called a “commercial and restaurant complex,” which I am taking to be a Downtown Disney feature, and a lake.  The park is expected to be completed in five years, putting the projected opening some time in 2016.  I am glad to see Disney spreading the love and look forward to visiting this park someday! To see some concept art posted by Disney Parks Blog, visit the post here.

Contributed by: Jessica Clawson (NDI#21) Jessica is the News and Current Events Blogger. She is also the creator of The True Disney Fan.

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