Shanghai Disneyland celebrates its first birthday
Shanghai Disneyland celebrated its first birthday today, wrapping up a wildly successful first year in which the park welcomed more than 11 million visitors and won a slew of industry awards.
A huge crowd packed Shanghai Disneyland to celebrate its anniversary, though, to be fair, crowds have been filling this park relatively consistently since it opened.
The TEA/AECOM Theme Index attendance report credited Shanghai Disneyland with 5.6 million visitors for its partial year of operation in 2016, placing the park just outside the world' s top 20 theme parks for attendance. But 11 million annual visitors would place Shanghai Disneyland comfortably in the top 10, just ahead of two the Walt Disney World parks and the Universal Orlando parks. Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom remains the world's most popular theme park, drawing more than 20 million visitors in 2016, according to TEA/AECOM.
Shanghai Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure won our Theme Park Insider Award for Best New Attraction last year, and the park also won honors from the Themed Entertainment Association and IAAPA.
Theme Park Insider writer Renata Primavera covered the park's opening day for us last year, and a few months later, Laurie Niles visited the park and filed a two-part trip report, with video.
Theme Park Insider's trip reports from Shanghai Disneyland:
At the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando last fall, the Imagineers behind the Shanghai Disneyland project talked about how they helped create Disney's most technologically advanced park to date.
Behind the scenes:
Shanghai Disneyland already has announced its first expansion project — a Toy Story land, to open next year.
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Congrats to Shanghai! I hope someday American Disney parks experience this kind of success. Maybe it's time to bring back Eisner?
Good for them, deserve it for the Pirates ride alone.
Barry Zuckerhorn is right. If Bob Iger hadn't wasted billions on Shanghai and MyMagic+, Pandora Land would have opened years ago, Star Wars Land would have opened years ago, Disney would not have trashed Twilight Zone to build a Guardians ride, and California Adventure would now have both Twilight Zone and a Guardians of the Galaxy ride.
I wrote a review about my Grand Opening experience, too! Whaaa!!! :(
You're forgetting that Eisner would not have bought Pixar. Eisner refused to pay the $4 Billion that the company is worth. Then what makes you think he'll buy Marvel and Star Wars. What makes you think Eisner will license Avatar. Actually, we don't know. DCA was Eisner's project. Cars Land saved DCA, but Pixar would not be owned by Disney if Eisner was in charge. I highly doubt Disney will build Star Wars Land if Eisner comes back. Eisner's relationship with George Lucas was so bad, Lucas refused to work with him. An update to Star Tours never happened when Eisner was there.
I remember before Shanghai opened, many people at some Disney fan sites were forecasting doom and gloom. They said the park would open with a lot of rides not yet ready, that the food was too expensive, that people wouldn't pay so much for Disney. I am relieved that it is such a huge success, Disney just has to do something to fix Hong Kong Disneyland.
Thank goodness Shanghai DL is successful. If it wasn't, that would probably prompt another round of cost-cutting.
Shanghai Disneyland is a failure. It's the most expensive park that Disney has ever built and it welcomed only 11 million guests (46% less than Magic Kingdom; 40% less than Disneyland Anaheim; and 34% less than Tokyo Disneyland).
Awesome park and I think the best magic kingdom ever created, but is Shanghai so successful? High attendance doesn't necessarily mean high profits especiallly in a country with an $8,000 average income per year. Disneyland Paris is the highest attended park in Europe and struggles to be profitable (and that's in one of the wealthiest regions on earth). Will they develop a large repeat visit fan base like Disneyland and Tokyo Disney resort or will attendance diminish once the novelty wears out? They had a great first year but it's a little early to declare success I think. We shall see.
If Shangai Disneyland is a failure, what can we say about Hong Kong Disneyland that in ten years never got nearly 11 million visitors? It's fun how some Disney Theme Parks fans are still oblivious of the fact that this company is much more than just theme parks and Eisner tried to shutdown the animation studios twice, and he was the guy that created Paris Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland, both resorts still struggling to survive. And let's not forget that Roy E. Disney himself overthrown eisner because he turning Disney into a "soulless company". With Iger at least Disney's Animation and Movie Studios are successful again.
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