Goddard Group designs Polar Ocean World in Shanghai, China

The Goddard Group is designing for client Haichang Holdings Group the new themed entertainment destination “Polar Ocean World.” 

The Goddard Group is considered a leader in the design, master planning, development and production of themed entertainment attractions, resorts and destinations worldwide.

The project, a marine-themed cultural park, is being heralded as an important part of Shanghai, China’s tourism plan. Haichang Holdings secured land use rights for Polar Ocean World, which will be developed on a nearly 984,000-foot site next to Dishui Lake.


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According to Gary Goddard, CEO/founder of the Goddard Group, the goal for the new Polar Ocean World in Shanghai is to create an attraction that would offer a different experience than the nearby Disney park, and one that would provide a complimentary destination for families.

Polar Ocean World, scheduled to open in 2017, will become Haichang’s seventh, polar-themed destination in China. The project will consist of a marine theme park with 13 exhibition halls, four animal-interaction plazas, four cinemas, 18 rides, space for animal-related exhibitions and parades and a hotel. These attractions will combine elements of entertainment, ecology and scientific research.

As a flagship park, Polar Ocean World will showcase a range of species from the sea. It will also host entertainment features, such as marine science-based facilities and an Omnimax movie theater.

Launched by Gary Goddard in 2002, the Hollywood-based Goddard Group has developed, designed and produced over 40 attractions, including resorts, casinos, theme parks and retail malls, which are currently open or under construction. Major Goddard Group clients include Galaxy Macau, Universal Studios, Six Flags, Lotte World, Caesars Palace, Cirque Du Soleil and Melco-Crown.


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