Shanghai Disneyland Park
Shanghai Disneyland Park is a theme park located in Pudong, Shanghai, that will be part of the Shanghai Disney Resort. Construction began on April 8, 2011. It is scheduled to open on June 16, 2016, and will be owned and operated through a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and the Shanghai Shendi Group.
The Chinese government approved the resort on November 4, 2009. The Walt Disney Company announced on November 5, 2010 that they had signed an agreement with Shanghai Shendi Group to build the resort and park in Shanghai, with a planned opening in 2015. On 7 April 2011, groundbreaking began at the Shanghai Disneyland Resort site. On 29 June 2013, construction on the Enchanted Storybook Castle began.
On March 8, 2013, the company announced that the park would open in late 2015. On 2 February 2015, the opening date was pushed back to early 2016. On 12 January 2016, the park's opening date was announced as 16 June 2016. According to some reports, this was due to construction delays and quality control problems. The final opening date is June 16, 2016.
The cost was initially estimated at 24.5 billion yuan (USD $3.7 billion) for the theme park and an additional 4.5 billion yuan (USD $700 million). This rose to around USD $5.5 billion before delays, which was due in part to additions to the number of attractions open to the public on opening day, which added USD $800 million to the cost. The added cost doesn't take into account lost revenue from the lost admissions fees.
In addition to the attractions and two hotels, the company is building a high-speed rail system to get visitors to and from the site.
Disney owns 43% of the property while the state-controlled Shanghai Shendi Group owns the remainding 57%.
Tickets for the park went on sale on 28 March 2016, with a two-tiered pricing scheme. On most days, one day adult tickets will be CN¥ 370, while child and elderly one day tickets will cost CN¥ 280, roughly 20% cheaper than Hong Kong Disneyland (which charges HK$539 for a one-day adult ticket). During busier periods, including the first two weeks of the park's operation, adult one day tickets will cost CN¥ 499, while child and elderly tickets will cost CN¥ 375. The park will be the first Disney park to feature tiered pricing.
Opening day tickets sold out in a few hours after going on sale at midnight, March 28.
Shanghai Disneyland Park will be a new variation of the Disneyland-style theme parks found all over the world. As a replacement for a "hub", the center of the park will instead feature an 11-acre collection of gardens called the Gardens of Imagination. Other themed areas will include the Enchanted Storybook Castle, the largest and tallest Disney castle featuring an underground boat ride, and Treasure Cove, home of the Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle of the Sunken Treasure ride.
Mickey Avenue, the entrance of the park, is inspired by classic Disney cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse. Mickey Avenue is the first main entry at a Disney park inspired by the personalities of Mickey Mouse and his friends. Here guests will be able to share a hug and get a photo with some of the Disney characters. Avenue M Arcade, one of the many shops along the avenue, will feature the largest selection of gifts and collectibles inside the theme park. Attractions Shanghai Disneyland Band Minnie Mouse and Friends
The "hub" of the park, this land will feature seven Chinese-themed gardens as well as rides and attractions. Rides will include the Fantasia Carousel and Dumbo the Flying Elephant. Entertainment will include Castle stage shows; Ignite the Dream, A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light; and Mickey’s Storybook Express, a parade with a musical soundtrack and colorful performers on the longest parade route in a Disney park.
To add interest for the Chinese visitors, the park includes an 11 acres (4.5 ha) Garden of the 12 Friends themed garden, featuring each of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac represented by Disney and Pixar characters, sponsored by Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.
Fantasyland will be the largest land in the park, and will feature areas themed to classic Disney animated films as well as the "Enchanted Storybook Castle", themed to Disney princesses. The castle is the largest in any Disney theme park, and will feature several attractions, a restaurant, and a boutique.
Treasure Cove is themed to an 18th-century harbor town located on a Caribbean island that has been captured by Captain Jack Sparrow. It contains Shipwreck Shore, a sandy beach area, and Fort Snobbish, a structure themed to an abandoned Spanish Port that is home to the park's Pirates of the Caribbean-based ride. Treasure Cove will be the first pirate-themed land in a Disney park.
Adventure Isle is a themed area at Shanghai Disneyland. It is the park's counterpart to Adventureland. It is focused around the mysterious lost world of Roaring Mountain. One of the features of Shanghai Disneyland Adventure Isle will be Camp Discovery. Adventure Isle will immerse guests in a newly discovered lost world, filled with hidden treasures and a chance to explore its mysteries. The mighty Roaring Mountain will tower over the area. Guests may blaze their own trails at Camp Discovery, travel around the world on Soarin' Over the Horizon, or ride the rafting adventure Roaring Rapids, straight through the heart of Adventure Isle.
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Instead of a traditional Space Mountain, a new indoor roller coaster themed to the film Tron will be featured, called Tron Lightcycles Power Run. Instead of a classic spinning rockets attraction, Shanghai's park will include a spinning Jet Packs ride. A new version of Disney's popular Buzz Lightyear dark ride called Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue will also be included, utilizing new technology different from that of the versions of the ride located at other Disney parks.