Shanghai Disneyland Opening


The much awaited Shanghai Disneyland Opening will take place this 16 June, 2016 and will be the latest Disneyland in the world. The news was initially announced in 2007, and the park was supposed to open in late 2015 but the opening was pushed to June 2016 due to delays and this makes it the sixth Disneyland in the World costing a total of US 5.5 Billion dollars and built at an amazing area of 963 acres. 

Currently, this is the talk of the world as the Shanghai Disneyland or Shanghai Disney Resort will be Asia's largest Disneyland and thousands of people are waiting for the official opening. The park boasts of six themed areas with a number of new and latest attractions and rides for all ages too. 

A trail Opening for the Shanghai Disneyland was conducted on May 7, 2016 and was only for special guests, which include staff involved in the massive project, construction workers and their families and media, who were specially invited for this auspicious moment. Tickets for the opening day of the Shanghai Disneyland have reported to be sold out within hours after going on sale therefore, if you are planning on going on the opening day, you might as well plan for another time. 

The latest Shanghai Disney Resort which will open on 6th June 2016

Attractions at the Shanghai Disneyland
As always, the attractions and rides as Disneyland are one to look out for and for this park, there are quite a number of new and interesting attractions catered to all ages. One of the highlights is the Star Wars Launch Bay, Tron Lightcycle and the Marvel Universe.

Mickey Avenue
  • The main street at the entrance of the park
  • Avenue M Arcade
  • Gift Shops 
  • Collectible Shops
Disneytown
  • One stop dining, shopping and entertainment
  • 50 stores available here
  • Walt Disney Grand Theater 
Adventure Isle
  • Camp Discovery
  • Roaring Rapids
  • Soaring over the horizon
Fantasyland
  • Alice in Wonderland Maze
  • Enchanted Storybook Castle
  • Hunny Pot Spin
  • Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • 'Once Upon A Time' Adventure
  • Peter Pan's Flight
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Voyage to the Crystal Grotto
Gardens of Imagination
  • Dumbo the Flying elephant
  • Fantasia Carousel
  • Garden of the Twelve Friends
  • Marvel Universe
Tomorrowland
  • Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue
  • Jet Packs
  • Star Ways Launch Bay
  • Stitch Encounter
  • TRON Lightcycle Power Run (60 mph ride)
Treasure Cove
  • Explorer Canoes
  • Pirates of the Caribbean - Battle for the Sunken Treasure
  • Shipwreck Shore
  • Siren's Revenge

Shanghai Disneyland Photos
Here are a series of photos of Shanghai Disneyland taken by Ivsky.com from China who had the opportunity to visit the park before the opening. They are taken from various sections of the park.

The Enchanted Storybook Castle at the Shanghai Disneyland
Another view of the Enchanted Storybook Castle
Inside Adventureland
Treasure Cove view
One of the unique restaurants
A life sized pirate ship at Treasure Cove
Alice in Wonderland Maze
Entrance to Treasure Cove
View of the Enchanted Storybook Castle from across the lake at Fantasyland
The Mat Hatter's Tea Party inside Alice in Wonderland's Maze
The main entrance to the Alice in Wonderland Maze
Around Shanghai Disneyland

Ecological Green Park which is located in the north east section will offer visitors a serene experience with beautiful landscapes and incredible 100 year old Ginko trees. an aromatic herb harden will also excite guests here while there are streams and recreational sections throughout. 

Wishing Star Park is another beautiful park where you can find the Wishing Star Lake, a 900 seat Amphitheater and also a colorful Dragonfly Playground for the kids. This place is also a 2.5 km walkway along the lake here. 

Chuansha Town is a historical town located near the Shanghai Disneyland and will be one of the main attractions here as this place holds quite a bit of interesting history. There is an old town area plus a lot of local Chinese restaurants found here. 

Shanghai Village is a luxury factory outlet shopping center that will feature over 140 of the world’s leading international and local brands and also offering up to 75% savings all year round. For those who love shopping, this is your place. 

For more information, visit the official Shanghai Disneyland Website

Star Wars Launch Bay, one of the main attractions (Image from Disney)
Shanghai Disneyland Ticket Prices

The ticket prices for the Shanghai Disneyland is slightly cheaper than the Hong Kong Disneyland and offers a 1-day ticket and also a 2-day ticket. 

1 Day Ticket Pass
Adults: CNY 499 (USD $ 75.00)
Kids: CNY 375 (USD $ 55.00)
Seniors: CNY 375 (USD $ 55.00)

2 Day Ticket Pass
Adults: CNY 950 (USD $ 144.00)
Kids: CNY 710 (USD $ 107.00)
Seniors: CNY 710 (USD $ 107.00)

*Children below 1 meter (3.3 feet) enter for free

Shanghai Disney Resort Park Map
As the park is really huge, we are expecting at least one full day to fully see this place. Then again, you now know whey they have a two day pass, so that visitors can take their time to enjoy the place. Below is the park map for the Shanghai Disneyland. 

Shanghai Disneyland Park Map (Image from Disney)
Hotels at Shanghai Disneyland
There are currently only two main hotels here which are; Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and Toy Story Hotel, both offering different experiences and both out of the park. The Toy Story Hotel is closest to the theme park. Alternatively, you can stay in Shanghai or Pudong area for those with a budget and still make your way here.

How to go to Shanghai Disneyland?

There is a special high speed Disney Train that goes direct to the park and stops at the Disney Station Resort, which will be the main subway station outside the park. The Disneyland Park Station was opened in late April 2016 and there has already been about one million visitors a month to outside the park even before the official opening of the Shanghai Disneyland where a majority of the visitors are local Chinese from around Shanghai and China. 

You can take the train from central Shanghai direct to the park. The train line is No.11 and from Huaqiao to Disneyland. It passes interchange stations like Xujiahui, Longhua and Oriental Sports Center. 

Credits: Main Image from news.takungpao.com and other images from Disney.

The Tron Lightcycle, one of the most anticipated rides that goes up to 60 mph
If you have been to any other Disneyland around the world, this would be something to add on to your list as this park will be the latest and most modern to date. And if you are visiting Shanghai now, this has added another major attractions to the things to do in Shanghai apart from going to places like The Bund, Xintiandi, Yu Yuan Gardens, Tianzifang and many other places.

As for me, the writer, I have personally been to all the Disneyland's in the world (Anaheim in the US, Tokyo Disneyland in Japan, Euro Disney in Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland) and with the Shanghai Disneyland Opening this June 2016, I now have to plan for a trip here to complete my mission, and I thought I had seen it all. 

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