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January 29, 2016, 12:50 PM · The Shanghai Disney Resort has revealed the line-up of shops and restaurants for the "Disneytown" district that will stand just outside the new theme park's gates.

"Over the past few years, Shanghai Disney Resort has worked closely with exciting Chinese and international brands to develop unique dining, shopping and entertainment experiences for Disneytown," Philippe Gas, Shanghai Disney Resort general manager, said in a statement.

Disneytown will feature five districts — Lakeshore, Marketplace, Spice Alley, Broadway Boulevard, and Broadway Plaza — that blend Western and Chinese architecture and design elements. The district will be located within walking distance of the resort's two announced hotels, the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and the Toy Story Hotel. Disneyland will feature several brands familiar to American visitors that are making their debut in China, including The Cheesecake Factory, Build-A-Bear Workshop, and The Boathouse.

Earlier this month, Disney released its full line-up of attractions and restaurants for the Shanghai Disneyland park, which we have listed on our Shanghai Disneyland page. Now, here is the complete line-up of announced locations in Disneytown, with descriptions provided by Disney:

Entertainment

The Lion King: The popular Broadway musical will play as a separate ticket in Disneytown.

Restaurants

Blue Frog: Brand new-concept restaurant from the brand
The Boathouse: Upscale dining experience built over the water, featuring boutique shopping and dream boats
BreadTalk: Fresh bakery
The Cheesecake Factory: Operated by Hong Kong Maxim’s Group and the first Asia flagship restaurant of this brand
Coconut Paradise: Thai food
Crystal Jade: Award-winning restaurant with an extensive Chinese menu offering authentic modern Cantonese dishes
The Dining Room: New Shanghainese dim sum and cuisine
Dondonya: Japanese Donburi restaurant
Element Fresh: Casual Western restaurant
Food Republic: Unique Southeast Asian cuisine and local Chinese delights
G+ The Urban Harvest: Contemporary Western meets Eastern restaurant
Hatsune: California-style Japanese restaurant
Ippudo: Japanese restaurant
Kokio Gastrobar: A trendy bar and bistro owned by The Barbarossa Group, combining comfort with elegant bistro food and friendly service
Shanghai Min: Authentic Shanghainese cuisine
Starbucks: American coffee shop
Toast Box: Nanyang coffee shop
Wolfgang Puck: Contemporary American classic brought by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck with its largest venue in Shanghai
Xin Wang Restaurant: All-day Cantonese tea house

Shops

Acme Fine Art Gallery: Art gallery featuring Disney collectible arts. The gallery in Disneytown will mark its first entry to Asia
Bape Store: Premium trendy fashion apparel for young adults and kids
Build-A-Bear Workshop: Choose from a variety of stuffed animals to make your own furry friend
Chow Tai Fook: Luxury jewelry retailer
coterie: Avant-garde designer eyewear and fashion accessories
Crocs: Casual comfort footwear
Fiona’s Prince: Boutique kids footwear
Hot Toys: Marvel and Star Wars collectibles
Innisfree: Leading Korean naturalism cosmetics brand
I.T: Popular fashion store
LEGO: The first flagship retail store operated by the LEGO Group in Asia
new balance: Athletic footwear and fitness apparel
Pandora: Modern charm bracelets and jewelry brand
Samsonite: Bags, luggage and travel accessories
Shel'tter: Young fashion apparel
Spoonful of Sugar: confectionery
Toms: Trendy casual footwear
Too Cool for School: Korean beauty brand with artistic and unique products
Tutuanna: Socks and loungewear
World of Disney

Here is what Disney's press release says about the Shanghai World of Disney store:

The 3,000-square-meter World of Disney Store stands out for its scale, design and range of products, and will offer thousands of items inspired by the unique elements in Shanghai Disney Resort. The comprehensive assortment, including unique Disney apparel, toys, stationery, collectibles and gifts, will include many products especially designed in collaboration with local artisans for China. Not just an alluring destination for shoppers, the World of Disney Store will also offer one of the most technologically advanced Disney retail experiences in the world. The store will be located in a nostalgic "railroad roundhouse" building that has been especially designed to pay homage to Walt Disney's love of trains, a passion that inspired his design of the Disneyland Railroad that travels around the original Disneyland in California.

Shanghai Disneyland and Disneytown will open officially on June 16, 2016. Disney has not yet opened ticket sales for the park or reservations for the two hotels, and has yet to reveal pricing information for tickets or reservations, either.

Replies (7)

January 29, 2016 at 1:12 PM · You may have mentioned it already, Robert, but I missed it. Will you be in Shanghai for the grand opening?
January 29, 2016 at 3:05 PM · Sounds like too much dining, and too many shops selling goods that could be bought elsewhere (counterfeit or not). I'm also surprised the World of Disney store is based on the railroads, since there's not one in the main park, and the well-known American history of Chinese laborers working on railroads and mistreatment of said people.
January 30, 2016 at 7:07 AM · "well-known American history of Chinese laborers working on railroads and mistreatment of said people."

Really, Anon? You have to work that hard to find something offensive? I think the Chinese have far greater things to be offended by in their history than the mistreatment of the migrant railroad workers in this country over a hundred and fifty years ago.

You didn't like the lineup of restaurants and shopping either, and you had to throw in that catty little comment about counterfeit goods. Is there anything you liked about this park and entertainment complex, or are you in a perpetual state of negativity and being offended?

January 30, 2016 at 8:07 AM · Tim - I think the answer to you last question would be YES
January 30, 2016 at 8:27 AM · While I think Tim might be taking things a little too seriously, he is kinda right.

If China doesn't wanna work with America for something we did 150 years ago to people that weren't even their's anymore, then they should not be allowing Japan to be opening up shops in their country due to the Rape of Nanjing. What's the Rape of Nanjing, you ask? Oh, nothing, just a large-scale invasion on China by Japan in which hundreds of thousands of innocent Chinese citizens (including women and children) were murdered, raped, or worse. Basically, Japan committed atrocities on China that were much more horrible than Uncle Sam had ever done. And fun fact: this all took place in 1937, which is not even 100 years ago.

A lot of people seem to forget that America and Europe aren't the only ones who have a history of mistreating people of other ethnicities and nationalities.

January 30, 2016 at 8:28 AM · Can't wait. Sounds and looks amazing.
January 30, 2016 at 11:13 PM · China still honors Mao and he murdered and starved millions. No one cares today. Everyone either wants to achieve success or leave.

Back to the subject, the number of American and western restaurants is quite extensive. Not even Hong Kong Disneyland has much western food. I wonder how they will respond to western food.

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