Disney's First-Ever Theme Park in Mainland China
Open since June 2016, Shanghai Disney Resort is one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
It was a hit right out of the gate. Within hours of going on sale in March 2016, park tickets had sold out for opening day. An analyst from a Chinese securities company has predicted an estimated 50 million visitors annually.
The resort includes:
- Shanghai Disneyland, a theme park with six themed lands
- Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and Toy Story Hotel
- Disneytown, an international shopping, dining and entertainment district
- Wishing Star Park, a central point of the resort with beautiful gardens, a walking path and a glittering lake
Shanghai Disneyland is the first-ever Disney theme park resort in mainland China and the sixth worldwide. It was developed with Chinese families in mind and will be located in the Pudong district of Shanghai, the world's largest city.
Click through for a look at what's in store.
Mickey Avenue is the first of the six lands inside Shanghai Disneyland. It is also the first main entry at a Disney park inspired by Mickey and his pals, and a place where guests can meet some all-time favorite Disney characters. In Avenue M Arcade, one of the many shops along the avenue, you'll find the largest selection of gifts and collectibles inside the theme park.
Four neighborhoods make up this colorful avenue, and each neighborhood engages visitors with the optimism of Disney. Celebration Square is the friendly heart of the community. Park Place lies just beyond the square, near the Gardens of Imagination.
The Market District is on the outskirts of the avenue, and this is where you will find Mickey & Pals Market Café, a counter-service restaurant offering localized Chinese and international menus plus views of the nearby gardens, Fantasia Carousel and Enchanted Storybook Castle. There are five themed dining rooms: Mickey’s Galley, Tony’s (inspired by “Lady and the Tramp”), Daisy’s Café, the Three Caballeros and the Covered Alleyway.
The Theatre District, an artsy neighborhood, is on the outskirts in the other direction toward Tomorrowland. Here guests will find Il Paperino, a soft-serve ice cream shop on Mickey Avenue.
Fantasyland is the largest land in the theme park and home to the Enchanted Storybook Castle. Guests recognize familiar Disney stories as they ride Voyage to the Crystal Grotto, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan’s Flight. They may also explore the Hundred Acre Wood with Winnie the Pooh or follow Alice through a Wonderland maze.
The central focal point of the Shanghai Disneyland theme park, Enchanted Storybook Castle is the world’s tallest and most interactive of the Disney theme park castles. It will include entertainment, dining and performance spaces as well as a magnificent winding staircase in the heart of the castle that will lead guests on a “Once Upon a Time Adventure,” featuring Disney princesses. There is also a boat attraction with a secret underground chamber, in which fountains of light will dance in shimmering pools.
Treasure Cove is the first-ever pirates-themed land and an E-ticket attraction called Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure, an attraction that transforms a boat ride into a journey with cutting-edge innovations in robotics, animation, set design and multimedia. The attraction takes guests on a pirate adventure with Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Davy Jones.
Gardens of Imagination
The Gardens of Imagination contains seven individual gardens with themes of family, friendship and fun: Garden of the Twelve Friends, Melody Garden, Romance Garden, Woodland Garden, Garden of the Magic Feather, Fantasia Garden, and Storybook Castle Garden. Each garden is filled with floral and woodland displays, as well as playful photo opportunities.feature charming bridges and trails to other lands in the park.
As guests stroll along the pathways, they may also meet Mickey Mouse and his pals. A terraced viewing area provides an ideal spot to enjoy parades, the Enchanted Storybook Castle stage shows, and nighttime fireworks.
Highlights include Dumbo the Flying Elephant and these other attractions:
Garden of the Twelve Friends
Garden of the Twelve Friends makes its global premiere at Shanghai Disneyland, starring Disney and DisneyžPixar characters in Chinese Zodiac style. The garden will feature handmade glass tile mosaic murals depicting 12 beloved Disney characters recast as members of the Chinese zodiac. The full list of characters includes:
- The Rat: Rémy from “Ratatouille”
- The Ox: Babe The Blue Ox from “Paul Bunyan”
- The Tiger: Tigger from “Winnie The Pooh”
- The Rabbit: Thumper from “Bambi”
- The Dragon: Mushu from “Mulan”
- The Snake: Kaa from “The Jungle Book”
- The Horse: Maximus from “Tangled”
- The Sheep: Jolly Holiday Lambs from “Mary Poppins”
- The Monkey: Abu from “Aladdin”
- The Rooster: Allan-A-Dale from “Robin Hood”
- The Dog: Pluto from classic Disney shorts.
- The Pig: Hamm from the “Toy Story” films
Fantasia Carousel was created especially for Shanghai Disneyland, with characters and symphonic music from the groundbreaking Disney film, Fantasia, including Mickey dressed as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Created by Chinese artists, this grand carousel will feature 62 flying horses and two chariots.
Wandering Moon Teahouse
This timeless teahouse honors the restless, creative spirit of China’s wandering poets, as well as the diverse and beautiful landscapes that inspired them. The restaurant recreates authentic Chinese architecture, with symbols from the mountains, ocean, desert, forest and rivers. This will be the first time the story of “Wandering Moon” will be featured in a Disney park. Favorite Chinese dishes will be served at this quick-service location.
Tomorrowland is a futuristic land featuring TRON Lightcycle Power Run, a coaster-style attraction where guests board a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles for one of the most thrilling adventures at any Disney park.
Families can also go to infinity and beyond on Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue, a new space ranger adventure, or break the bonds of gravity on jet packs.
Nearby are two experiences created especially for Shanghai Disneyland: Star Wars Launch Bay and Marvel Universe. Guests can meet heroes and villains of the Star Wars saga, visit iconic intergalactic set-pieces, and view props and memorabilia.
In Marvel Universe, guests can get up-close with some popular Marvel Super Heroes and take on the role of comic book artist as they learn to draw some favorite characters.
Adventure Isle immerses guests in a newly discovered lost world, featuring attractions including Camp Discovery, Soaring over the Horizon, and the Roaring Rapids rafting ride.
Shanghai Disneyland Hotel
The 420-room Shanghai Disneyland Hotel is the signature hotel of Shanghai Disneyland Resort, featuring an elegant Art Nouveau style with Disney details and imagination, and offering views of Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown and the resort’s central lake.
Toy Story Hotel
The 800-room Toy Story Hotel immerses guests in a world inspired by the toys from the Disney-Pixar series of “Toy Story” animated films.
Located near the two resort hotels and Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown is a district filled with dining, shopping, and entertainment venues.
One highlight is the Walt Disney Grand Theatre, an Art Deco theater in Broadway Plaza that will host the global premiere of the Mandarin version of “The Lion King,” the highest-grossing Broadway show ever.
At the heart of Disneytown is the Marketplace, filled with specialty shops with Disney merchandise, musicians and entertainers. Next door is an area called Spice Alley, offering a variety of popular Asian cuisines in a casual, al fresco environment complete with intimate streets and festive lights.
Broadway Boulevard at Disneytown features upscale boutiques with popular labels and trendsetting products.
Also near Disneytown is the resort’s central lake area, surrounded by peaceful greenery, a walking path and beautiful gardens.