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 wonder how Shanghai Disneyland will be priced compared to other Disney theme parks around the world.
Glad to have some more definitive information on the actual opening date, by the way. But I couldn't help but comment on the photo of that monstrosity of a castle. And not in a good way.
But I agree that SDL's castle looks bulky. Right now, it almost looks like a massive fortress that was dressed up as a pink château. But let's wait for the final result.
I think they opted for a wider castle in order to have more projection space for their nighttime spectaculars, which makes sense. Anyway, I'm excited to see the finished castle.
That said this Disneyland looks AMAZING. The newer take on the classic Disney rides seem like what Orlando should be doing. The theming looks top notch and I'm sure this will become one of the best Disneyland. It definitely has a huge advantage being built today compared to Orlando but this Universal fan boy is actually super excited about going to this Disneyland. Make me wonder if they will re-do the classic rides in other Disney parks to match these new ones.
I am wondering about all the pollution in China.
Not sure how far away this is from all the Smog....
Beijing has so much smog, you take a picture standing in front of a picture of the landscape because you can't the actual landscape in the background..
I really don't want this thread to devolve into another Disney vs Universal verbal war either, but I will just say that changing the castle at any of the other Disney parks (except for Hong Kong, that thing is really unattractive) would be blasphemy.
On another note, this park looks interesting. I can't wait to read the reviews once it opens!
John Hammond: All major theme parks have delays. When they opened Disneyland in 1956, nothing worked!
Dr. Ian Malcolm: Yeah, but, John, if The Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don't eat the tourists.
The moral of Jarassic Park, and its sequels is this. Don't go to any theme park that has living man eating Dinasours. Also, don't trust a movie made by Universal for trivia about Disney.
Shame that the UK has really bad travel arrangements to the Hong Kong Disney, just hope Shanghai is perhaps a little easier to book travel arrangements for families as I would love to go to both, been to all the others so would be great to do them both to say I have done them all.
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