Disney Announces Opening Date for Shanghai Disneyland
The Walt Disney Company has announced the opening date for Shanghai Disneyland.
A current view of the park's centerpiece Enchanted Storybook Castle. Photo courtesy Disney
In statement released this afternoon, the company said that the welcoming ceremony for the park's first official guests will be June 16, 2016.
It is not clear from the announcement whether would-be visitors will be able to purchase tickets to the park on that date, or whether the date will be reserved for invited guests.
Disney broke ground in 2011 on its first theme park in mainland China, which will be its fourth in Asia, following Tokyo Disneyland (1983), Tokyo DisneySea (2001), and Hong Kong Disneyland (2005). Shanghai Disneyland is the largest foreign investment project in Shanghai history, according to the company, and will feature Disney's largest castle, in addition to two hotels and a new "Disneytown" shopping and dining district.
The line-up for the park includes several attractions new to any Disney theme park, including the TRON Lightcycle Power Run roller coaster, Roaring Rapids Mountain raft ride, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle of the Sunken Treasure — a new take on a Pirates of the Caribbean ride, using an all-new ride system.
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I'm waiting for the "If Universal was in charge of building it" comments
On the TWDC page it reads, "Shanghai Disney Resort will host a multi-day, grand opening celebration, culminating in a spectacular welcoming ceremony for the resort's first official guests on June 16, 2016." To me that suggests the events for media and invited guests will happen in the days leading up to June 16, and paying guests will first be admitted on that date. But that's just a guess.
Welcoming ceremony? Will the entire park be ready to go on that date? Or will they open it in a piecemeal fashion? There's a couple of recent construction pictures on WDW Magic Spirit perfect 10 thread. This will be interesting to watch.
If Universal was building it, they could house it all in one 3D theatre.
Robert, if you won't be able to use your media pass, I believe I would be willing to go in your stead (provided my wife could tag along). Have your people contact my people and we'll make the arrangements!
Do we know how much the price of a ticket is? Not that it's gonna matter to me...
Media pass... to a Disney event? Heh, you make me laugh.
Finally! So looking forward to this!
Great! Planning my honeymoon for October! Going to Tokyo Disney, Hong Kong Disney, and Shanghai! I was worried that they were going to delay it more.
The red/pink part of the castle's base looks fantastic! Otherwise, I tend to think this castle is quite bulky. It doesn't look adorable like the original at Disneyland, it doesn't look majestic like the Orlando/Tokyo version, and it isn't as gosh darned beautiful as Paris. It'd take a huge misstep to be worse than Hong Kong's sad little wannabe castle, but this one simply looks like it's competing in a steroid-filled bodybuilding contest for castles.
This park looks like it could be the best Magic Kingdom park, so I'm really curious to hear how it is once it opens. It's definitely a bucket list park for me, but given that China isn't somewhere I particularly want to visit I have no idea how long it will be before I get a chance.
Haha, love the comment from 22.214.171.124. Will definitely be checking this out, but want to wait until the kinks get worked out. According to Dr. Ian Malcolm, when the Pirates of the Caribbean malfunctioned at it's opening at Disneyland the pirates started killing people, or something to that effect.
Each Disney castle has its strengths and shortcomings. But saying that DL's castle is adorable and HKDL's castle is a a sad little wannabe is not fair because they are basically identical. Just like MK's and TDL's are basically identical.
One of the reasons the castle is bulky is because when you look at it from different sides its going to look like it belongs to a different Disney princess.
I don't want this comment to be a Universal vs. Disney thing but for me Disney has never appealed to me. Universal in my mind as always been better for adults. Had I gone to a Disney park when I was a kid I might have a different opinion but I never experienced Disney as a child. So to me my first time in Orlando I found every ride rather tame.
The castle is ugly. Must belong to the ugly step sisters of Cinderella.
It will be interesting to see how the construction turns out. Few articles about this Shanghai park get into the corruption and other problems in Chinese construction projects. I am curious to see if this park will have trouble with concrete cracking and other building problems and if the rides will operate without much problems. What i think is going to happen is that the rides here will have to be taken down a lot for maintenance and ultimately replaced because Disney might not have been able to watch the construction crews closely enough to ensure that corners were not cut. It seems pretty common in Chinese construction projects for corners to get cut, like if there are supposed to be 8 bolts holding something together, the construction manager will skimp and only put on 6 thinking that is good enough. This leads to structural failure. But it is part of the culture there to do this and pocket the money that the 2 missing bolts would have cost.
Anon - hahaahahahaa...
The castle looks like two separate structures as if an elaborate mansion had a castle sitting behind it.
Brandon, the line goes like this (I copied it from IMDB)
Well, certainly good news, as Shanghai is only about 4-5 hours flight from my home.
Replying to 126.96.36.199 comments let's hope that corners were not cut as no one wants people's safety to be at risk and if corners were cut it would certainly hurt Disney and there reputation so I am sure they were all over the construction elements.
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