Construction Goes Vertical on Disney's Zootopia Land

June 9, 2020, 1:34 PM · Shanghai Disneyland has started vertical construction of its upcoming Zootopia-themed land, the eighth themed land for China's most-visited theme park.

Construction on the land began last December, before pausing while the park was closed during the pandemic. Shanghai Disneyland reopened to guests last month and with piling work now complete, it's time to put up the steel.

Zootopia construction
Photo courtesy Shanghai Disney Resort

"Today’s Zootopia construction milestone brings us another step closer to the beloved Zootopia story and characters coming to life in Shanghai," Shanghai Disney Resort President and General Manager Joe Schott said. "We are always looking for new ways to delight and entertain our guests here in Shanghai with unique Disney storytelling and magical experiences. The steel column installed today is an integral part of our new land which is sure to offer incredible adventures to our guests for years to come. We have every confidence in our continued success and we are looking forward to creating even more excitement and bringing many more unique Disney stories to our guests."

This will be the first land themed to Disney's 2016 Academy Award-winning animated hit. "Upon completion guests will fully immerse themselves in the mammalian metropolis of Zootopia with new entertainment, merchandise, food and beverage offerings and a new major attraction that seamlessly blends Disney’s storytelling and state of the art technologies to bring this fan-favorite movie and its characters to life," Shanghai Disneyland said in its press release.

No opening date has been announced.

Replies (7)

June 9, 2020 at 2:05 PM

I like the idea of a Zootopia-themed land. I always thought the movie was underrated. It will definitely be cool to walk through the metropolitan city of Zootopia. I’m hoping Disneyland will consider the idea of adding the land to one of its two theme parks.

June 9, 2020 at 2:21 PM

Where will this land be located? Next to Tomorrowland, I'm assuming. Remember that Tomorrowland is to the "left" of the castle as you enter the park. Other Tomorrowlands around the world are to the right. The Adventureland is to the right of the castle in Shanghai. I love that change-up to this park. Along with Dumbo and the carousel being in front of the castle.

June 9, 2020 at 3:55 PM

@timbo. It’s interesting, I feel like the newer wave of Disney movies, even if they are popular, only seem to have temporary exposure in the parks. Zootopia won the Academy Award, was a box office hit...yet after its promo in the parks, you don’t see or hear a lot about it.

Granted it was released the same year as Moana and the focus had to shift, but apart from Frozen, the newer films (i.e. Big Hero 6) don’t really get a ton of attention outside of their “windows”.

Obviously, Disney can’t dedicated permanent attractions to everything that is a box office hit, but it would be nice to see some of their newer output get long term love in the parks.

Wreck It Ralph, Big Hero 6, Zootopia.....even something like Frankenweenie during Oct.

June 9, 2020 at 6:05 PM

@Jay R. I completely agree. It would be interesting to see some of the newer movies have a strong presence in the park. Zootopia’s metropolitan city would be pretty cool to walk through. I feel like it would be a nice addition to Disney parks.

June 9, 2020 at 9:45 PM

Do we have any idea of what the "new major attraction" actually is? Dark ride maybe?

June 10, 2020 at 3:26 AM

From everything I’ve seen online - I must say that I am impressed what Disney has done in Shanghai. The aesthetic in the park is so pleasing. A lot of the attractions are top notch, and Zootopia should be fantastic as well. The only real miss I see that Disney seemed to go the cheap and tacky route was their version of Toy Story Land - it sticks out like a sore thumb in an otherwise elaborately themed park.

@Jay R I agree! I can understand why Disney relied so heavily on the ‘Big 4’ The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King for so long during the first decade of the 00’s. But from ‘10-‘19 Disney Animation went through arguably a bigger string of hits than they did in the 90’s. It’s time Disney moved forward with representing more of today’s Animated hits in their rides and shows in addition to just Frozen.

Maybe we’ll see Zootopia make its way on over to Animal Kingdom one day?

June 10, 2020 at 9:29 AM

I heard there was going to be a monorail ride.

This has Conservation Station replacement written all over it.

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