Welcome to a never-before-seen world of wonder where you can ignite the magical dream within your heart. This is Shanghai Disneyland, a fun experience filled with creativity, adventure and thrills for Guests of all ages!
Walt Disney finally officially opened its Shanghai Disney Resort, the first Disney theme park in mainland China, to the public on Thursday after more than a decade of planning, five years of construction, multiple delays, and massive anticipation.
Shanghai Disneyland Park, located inside the Disney Resort in Chuansha New Town of Pudong New Area, has been open since June 16th, 2016. It covers a construction area of 116 hectares (287 acres).
The Shanghai theme park also boasts a 196-foot-tall Enchanted Storybook Castle, the tallest Disney castle in the world, as well as a 9,257 square feet Disney store, the largest in the world.
All this was funded with the entertainment giant’s largest foreign investment – more than $5.5 billion. Disney owns 43% of the Shanghai resort and the Shanghai municipal government owns the rest through state-owned Shanghai Shendi Group.
1. Tron Ride
If you’ve always wanted to ride a Lightcycle, get thyself to Shanghai Disneyland, where you can experience the new Lightcycle Rollercoaster. Here’s a brief preview, with bonus Baymax at the end:
2. Guests can Stay at a Toy Story-Themed Hotel
Themed hotels are not a new concept for Disney resorts, but this 800-rooms building will be the first to exclusively feature Buzz, Woody, and all of their Toy Story pals. It won’t be the only option for on-property lodging. The grounds will also be home to Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, which will include 420-rooms and feature an Art Nouveau theme.
3. Mickey Avenue
Once you enter Shanghai Disneyland Park, you will walk along Mickey Avenue and see the Steamboat Mickey Fountain right inside the gate. Mickey Mouse and his friends gather along the street welcoming visitors from all over the world. This place is also a busy bazaar. Tourists can select exquisite goods and enjoy tasty snacks while wandering around. The figures from the animated movies walk around the street. Visitors have a chance to hug them and take photos with these lovely friends.
4. Gardens of Imagination
This is the first garden-designed Disney park in the world, with bridges and paths connecting seven themed areas. There is a unique viewing ladder for visitors to view castle stage plays and splendid night performances. Chinese Zodiac Murals in the Garden of the Twelve Friends turn the movie figures into the twelve animal signs. Guests can try to find their own zodiac signs on the wall and take photos with them. Merry-go-rounds and other entertaining facilities are also open to the public.
5. Adventure Isle
Adventure Isle takes visitors into a newfound ancient tribe. It is filled with mysterious feelings and hidden treasures. You can prove yourself a real adventurer in the Camp Discovery, finding traces of the lost tribe, or exploring natural scenes and ancient tales. Visitors who want to view the world can achieve this wish at Soaring over the Horizon. This will take you over the landmarks in every corner of the world. Roaring Rapids carries guests into the heartland of Adventure Isle. Drifting down the river on the rafts, you will pass through unknown places and rush into the gloomy caves, meeting giant mysterious monsters.
6. Treasure Cove
Treasure Cove is the first pirate-themed park in Disney Park with two giant pirate ships, one pirate restaurant and a water-play zone. Visitors will be stunned by the epic settings at Pirates of the Caribbean – Battle for the Sunken Treasure, which is an indoor drifting adventure facility. Captain Jack Sparrow will lead the players to steal the treasures of Davy Jones. During the journey, guests will encounter brave pirates, beautiful mermaids, and even the Krakens. There is an elaborate play, Eye of the Storm: Captain Jack’s Stunt Spectacular, in the theater. The fantastic stunts and fierce fighting scenes give the audience amazing visual effects.
The elaborately designed Tomorrowland presents endless possibilities of the future. Using high-tech, this park is like the settings of science fiction movies. The shooting program, Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue, gives visitors a mission to save the world. It simulates outer space with LED screens and uses real-time feedback aiming system to make players immersed in the story and destroy enemies. Visitors will become space pilots at Jet Packs, rising into the sky by the futuristic vehicles. At the high viewing point pilots will see breath-taking scenery of the whole park. Guests will also be taken into the world of Star Wars and Marvel, meeting movie heroes and symbolic battle scenes.
Fantasyland is the largest park in the Shanghai Disney Resort. There is a magnificent Enchanted Storybook Castle, which is the tallest, largest and the most interactive Disney Castle in the world. For the first time guests can have an interaction with animated Snow White, and wander in her story world on the top floor of the castle. Visitors can also overlook villages and forests in the park from the castle’s windows. In Fantasyland, Voyage to the Crystal Grotto will take you for a trip on water, passing by lively fountains and sculptures, and then enter the crystal cave. You will weave through mines with the Seven Dwarfs and visit their house, or explore the Hundred Acre Wood with Winnie the Pooh.
9. Shopping & Accommodation
There are Chinese and Western restaurants and shops all around the park, so visitors don’t need to worry about where to eat. They can also take packed food and bottled water with them, while glass bottles are forbidden. Shops mainly sell Disney toys, key rings, watches and other souvenirs.
Outside the park, there is Disneytown, a large-scale shopping center comprising food and entertainment. The Walt Disney Grand Theater, where you can enjoy the Lion King Performance, is located there. Disneytown is open for free. If you want to visit it only, you don’t need to buy the ticket for Disneyland Park.
Two themed hotels near the park, Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and Toy Story Hotel, give visitors a chance to arrange a multi-day trip of the resort.