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Disneyland Shanghai

About Shanghai Disney Resort

Shanghai Disney Resort, the first Disney resort in Mainland China, will be a place where friends and family can escape together to a whole new world of fantasy, imagination, creativity and adventure. The resort will include a park designed in the rich tradition of Disneyland theme parks around the world with the uniqueness and beauty of China, two themed hotels, a large retail, dining and entertainment venue and an array of recreation facilities.

The resort will be located in Pudong, Shanghai and is targeted to open at the end of 2015.

The resort is a joint venture between the Walt Disney Company and Shanghai Shendi Group comprised of two owner companies (Shanghai International Theme Park Company Limited and Shanghai International Theme Park Associated Facilities Company Limited) and a management company (Shanghai International Theme Park and Resort Management Company Limited). Shanghai Shendi Group holds 57% of the shares and Disney holds the remaining 43% of shares of the owner companies. Disney has a 70% stake and Shanghai Shendi Group has a 30% stake in the joint venture management company. The management company is responsible for creating, developing and operating the resort on behalf of the owner companies.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts are where dreams come true. More than 50 years ago, Walt Disney created a new kind of entertainment families could experience together, immersed in detailed atmospheres and vibrant storytelling. His vision now includes a collection of five of the world's leading family vacation destinations – Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, Calif.; Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; Tokyo Disney Resort, Urayasu, Chiba, Japan; Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, France; and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, located on Lantau Island. In addition, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts includes the world-class Disney Cruise Line; Disney Vacation Club; Adventures by Disney, a guided group vacation experience to some of the world's most popular destinations; and Walt Disney Imagineering, which creates and designs all Disney parks, resorts and attractions.

 On Opening Day, the resort will be home to the Shanghai Disneyland theme park, two themed hotels, a large retail, dining and entertainment venue and outdoor recreation areas. Shanghai Disneyland will be a Magic Kingdom-style theme park featuring classic Disney storytelling and characters but with authentic cultural touches and themes tailored specifically for the people of China. Shanghai Disney Resort will have something for everyone – thrilling adventures, lush gardens where guests can relax together and enriching interactive experiences, all with the world-class guest service that Disney is known for around the globe.


Start of Construction: April 8, 2011


Target Opening: End of 2015

Resort Size at Opening: 3.9 square kilometers (963 acres)

Park:  Shanghai Disneyland (including back of house areas), approximately 910,963 square meters (225 acres), or 1,160,000 square meters (287 acres) if the parking lot is included

Hotels: 1 de luxe hotel and 1 value hotel with a total of 1,220 rooms. The first hotel is located south east to the lake. The hotel has 7 floors with a big car park at the front and a few playgrounds at the back. I am not sure about the theme of the hotel.
The second hotel features a more interesting design. It is relatively small. According to the floor numbers, we can tell that the center of the hotel will be the highest and the rest parts will feature a "staircase" design.

Retail, Dining & Entertainment: 27,900 square meters (300,000 square feet), similar to Downtown Disney in Anaheim 

Additional Facilities: 100 acre lake (404,685 square meters), other outdoor recreation facilities, and parking and transportation hubs 


History of Disney Parks:
As the father of two small girls, Walt Disney dreamed of a place where parents and children could spend time together in a safe, clean environment where their imaginations could run free. In 1955, in Anaheim, California, his dream became the first Disney theme park, aptly named Disneyland and with it, a new era in family entertainment began. Since then, The Walt Disney Company has opened resorts in Orlando, Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong. Every new location started with a Magic Kingdom-style park and while they all have their own identity, each one shares essential elements from the original Disneyland, including a central castle surrounded by several highly themed "lands" that each offer a unique Disney experience. When guests enter the gates of a Magic Kingdom anywhere in the world, they are transported into a world of imagination, fantasy and adventure, where favorite Disney characters come to life and guests of all ages become part of the magic.

Design Philosophy:
Shanghai Disney Resort will be home to Shanghai Disneyland, a Magic Kingdom-style theme park that will welcome friends and families into a world of fantasy, adventure, magic and thrills. Currently still in the design phase, Shanghai Disneyland will include signature Disney experiences that guests around the world know and love as well as many exciting new elements tailored specifically for the people of China and unique to the Shanghai Disney Resort. Shanghai Disneyland will be authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese.

Creative Overview:
Throughout Shanghai Disneyland, classic Disney characters and storytelling will blend with Chinese customs and celebrations to create a unique experience for guests in Shanghai. The park will consist of several themed lands, each with their own distinct attractions, entertainment and immersive experiences. At the heart of the park will be Storybook Castle, our most interactive Disney castle yet complete with entertainment, dining and performance spaces. It will truly be an attraction unto itself.

An 11 acre (46,130 square meters), one-of-a-kind, dynamic green space will welcome guests to Shanghai Disneyland and provide the perfect spot to view the parade or nightly fireworks. It will also feature Chinese seasonal plants and flowers, dramatic lighting and traditional music to serve as a backdrop for vibrant Chinese cultural celebrations and festivals, as well as opportunities for art, creativity, exploration and discovery. The park will consist of other large-scale entertainment spaces, indoor and out, that will be used for various purposes throughout the year.

Innovation and Technology
Innovative new technology has always been a hallmark of the Disney vacation experience and Shanghai Disney Resort will continue that tradition. The park will take full advantage of advances in virtual technology as well as new gaming and ride systems that will fully immerse our guests in our attractions.


The Enchanted Storybook Castle is going to be the largest and most immersive castle at any Disney park around the world and it will be the first of our castles not dedicated to a specific princess because it represents all of them. Inside, guests will be able to explore the multi-level castle, which will feature a princess meet and greet, the first ever Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique princess makeover experience inside a castle and Once Upon a Time Adventure, a large-scale, walkthrough experience. Also for the first time, the castle will be part of a boat ride attraction that will be one of the anchor experiences of Fantasyland.  


 June 16 2016 Shanghai Disneyland open.


Thanks to Lance Hart &, Disney Shanghai,   Photos © by Disney