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Shanghai Disney is days away from its grand opening. We’ve already gotten some sneak peeks at the park, and now Fortune has a story all about the man who, in his own words, was responsible for "telling the story of Tomorrowland in a city that is already the city of the future." 

As the executive creative director of Walt Disney Company’s Imagineering division, Scot Drake was tasked with creating a land that resembled the future while still evoking the effect of the original, which opened in 1955 in Anaheim, California.

“This pushed us to think differently on all levels,” Drake told Fortune.

The results? The fastest rollercoaster at any of the Disney parks—it's called Tron Lightcycle Power Run—as well as a jet-pack experience and color-shifting canopy. 

Intrigued? Fortune has the entire story, right this way.

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