Children and adults alike will have their childhood dreams come to life in China’s largest city
Disney fans in China will only have to wait a few more months before the doors to Shanghai Disney Resort officially swing open and transport fans to fairy tale land. 16 June 2016 has been penned down as the date when both the Walt Disney Company and Shanghai Shendi Group mark the occasion with a multi-day, grand opening celebration, culminating in a spectacular welcoming ceremony for the resort's first official guests.
Located in the Pudong District of Shanghai, the theme-park resort stands as Disney's first destination resort in Mainland China. Like all Disney theme parks, Shanghai Disney Resort will feature classic Disney storytelling and characters with all-new experiences tailored specifically for the people of China.
Shanghai Disneyland is primed to be a major tourist attraction when it opens and is widely expected to attract visitors of all ages as well as theme park junkies. Like all Disneyland parks, the attraction comes with several themed sections to entice visitors, such as Adventure Isle, Gardens of Imagination, Mickey Avenue, Tomorrowland, Treasure Cove and Fantasyland.
The crown jewel of Shanghai Disneyland though is the Enchanted Storybook Castle. Standing at the centrepiece of the park, the castle is the largest and tallest castle among all Disney theme parks. Visitors will also enjoy numerous thrilling attractions and live entertainment spectaculars – many of which are a first-of-a-kind for a Disney park.
The USD $5.5-billion Shanghai resort will be Disney's second-largest theme park, after the championing Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida. The resort will also cash in on the empire’s vast number of properties such as Marvel and Star Wars, with several dedicated themed attractions to both franchises. There will also be a Toy Story Hotel, which is poised on immersing guests in a world inspired by the Disney-Pixar series of Toy Story animated films.
Other attractions include the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel – an elegant Art Nouveau-inspired resort with a touch of Disney magic and imagination, and Disneytown, an international shopping, dining and entertainment district adjacent to the entrance of the park. Disneytown will also house the Walt Disney Grand Theatre; home to the first-ever Mandarin production of the Broadway hit Disney's The Lion King.
The World of Disney Store, offering an impressive collection of Disney merchandise, including many products designed especially for Shanghai Disney Resort is another vital component of the park whilst Wishing Star Park will offer guests and visitors a recreational escape via beautiful landscaped gardens, a walking path and a glittering lake. With approximately 40 hectares, Wishing Star Park presents guests with awe-inspiring natural views and beautiful sunsets.
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