Today we kick off the first round of the 2018 Theme Park Insider Tournament with a match-up between Disney's two parks in China: Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland.
Hong Kong Disneyland opened in 2005 and languished for a few years until the park invested in a three-land expansion that culminated in the premiere of Mystic Manor, our 2013 Theme Park Insider Award winner for the world's best new attraction of the year. Hong Kong Disneyland continues to expand, with work underway on a new Ant Man theme for Tomorrowland's former Buzz Lightyear ride, an enlarged Sleeping Beauty Castle, and new Marvel and Frozen attractions to come.
Shanghai Disneyland opened to huge crowds and strong reviews in 2016, with its Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure winning our Theme Park Insider Award for Best New Attraction that year. A new Toy Story Land is opening next month and Disney is duping Shanghai's Tron roller coaster for Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom in 2021.
Theme Park Insider writers have visited each park, if you haven't and would like to learn more about them:
And if you have visited either of these parks, we invite you to rate and review them:
Time to vote!
Later today, we will vote on "Which is the best 'indie' theme park?" with Dollywood, Holiday World, Knoebels, and Silver Dollar City in the mix. The Tournament continues all month on Theme Park Insider as we vote to determine the world's best theme park.Tweet
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