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Shanghai Disneyland Park

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Opening Date
June 17, 2016
Resort
Shanghai Disney Resort
Location
Pudong, Shanghai
Country
China
Theme / Style
"Disneyland" / "Magic Kingdom" Style Park
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Operated By
The Walt Disney Company & Shanghai Shendi Group

Shanghai Disneyland Park is a theme park located in Pudong, Shanghai as part of the Shanghai Disney Resort. The park opened June 17, 2016. The park was the second Disney theme park to open in China after Hong Kong Disneyland, and is owned and operated through a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and the Shanghai Shendi Group. Construction began on April 8, 2011.[1]

Park Layout

Shanghai layout

Layout of Shanghai Disneyland

Shanghai Disneyland Park is a new variation of traditional "Disneyland" style theme parks found all over the world and doesn't include many features found in most other "Disneyland" Parks. Departing from Disney's traditional "hub & spoke" design, the park doesn't include a conventional hub area, nor does it include a railroad attraction circling the park due to the negative connotations of the Chinese immigrants who died building the First Transcontinental Railroad, as well as possibly China's strict emission laws. As a replacement for a "hub", the center of the park instead features an 11-acre collection of gardens. For the first time in Disney parks history, the park's carousel and Dumbo attractions are located in front of the park's castle instead of behind. Unlike other Disneyland style parks, the park includes neither a "Frontierland" nor a "Main Street U.S.A." area. On opening day, the park featured feature 8 themed areas: Mickey Avenue, Fantasyland, Garden of Imagination, Tomorrowland, Toy Story Land, Treasure Cove, & Adventure Isle.

Mickey Avenue

Instead of the traditional "Main Street U.S.A.", Shanghai Disneyland includes a new entrance area called Mickey Avenue, a collection of shops and restaurants themed to different eras of Disney's history. The Carthay Circle Theater, found at Disney California Adventure Park, is also an icon found in this area of the park. A variation of the 'Partners' statue, based on the statue found in the center of the hub at most other Disney Magic Kingdom-style parks is also included. The Statue will feature Walt Disney holding Mickey Mouse's hand with other Disney characters also being featured (including Minnie Mouse, Ariel, Flounder, Mushu, Pongo, Perdita, Baloo, Goofy, Dumbo, Timon, Pumbaa, and Bambi).

Attractions:

  • Walt Disney Theater

Restaurants:

  • Club 33
  • Mickey & Pals Market Cafe
  • Remy's Patisserie
  • Sweethearts Confectionery

Shops:

  • Whistle Stop Shop

Fantasyland

The park features a new version of Fantasyland. The park's castle, called Enchanted Storybook Castle, represents all Disney Princesses and is the largest and most interactive of all six "Disneyland" style castles.[2] Shanghai's Fantasyland is divided into two sections with the traditional Fantasyland area being located behind the castle, and a new area called Garden of Imagination being located in front.

Fantasyland features a new version of Peter Pan's Flight as well as a copy of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction that is found at Walt Disney World Resort. Instead of the traditional "Tea Cups" attraction, Shanghai's park includes the Hunny Pot Spin, a spinning ride inside large hunny pots based on Winnie the Pooh. The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh dark ride is also be included as well as an Alice in Wonderland themed maze similar to that of Disneyland Paris.

Shanghai castle

Concept Art of "Enchanted Storybook Castle"

Attractions:

  • Alice in Wonderland Maze
  • Evergreen Playhouse (Play Area)
  • Hundred Acre Wood
  • Hunny Pot Spin
  • "Once Upon a Time" Adventure (Walk-Thru)
  • Peter Pan's Flight
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Storybook Court (Character Meet & Greet Area)
  • Sword in the Stone (Show)
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Restaurants:

  • Corner Market
  • Merlin's Magic Recipe
  • Royal Banquet Hall
  • Tangled Tree Tavern
  • Troubadour Treats

Shops:

  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • Castle Gifts
  • Hundred Acre Goods
  • Mountain Treasures

Gardens of Imagination

Gardens of Imagination is an 11-acre collection of gardens and attractions located at the center of the park, in front of the park's castle, and is a replacement for the traditional "hub" found at other Disney parks. This new area is themed to the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, featuring mosaic tile murals depicting various Disney characters.[3] A brand new unique attraction called Voyage To The Crystal Grotto is also included, that is a guided boat tour through the castle, and around Fantasyland. A Fantasia themed carousel attraction, as well as the classic Dumbo The Flying Elephant attraction found at other Disney parks also are included here.

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Concept Art of "Garden's of Imagination" with parts of "Mickey Avenue"

Voyage to the crystal grotto

Concept Art of "Voyage To The Crystal Grotto"

Attractions:

Restaurants:

  • Chip & Dale's Treehouse Treats
  • Fairy Godmother's Cupboard
  • Picnic Basket
  • Pinocchio Village Kitchen
  • Timothy's Treats
  • Teahouse of the Wandering Moon

Shops:

  • Be Our Guest Boutique
  • Casey Jr. Trinket Train
  • Melody Time Gifts
  • Mickey & Minnie's Mercantile

Tomorrowland

The park also features a new version of Tomorrowland, with new variations of traditional Tomorrowland attractions. For at first time at any Disney park, Tomorrowland occupies the left side of the park instead of the right and features a new multi-level design, a first for any Disney park. Instead of a traditional Space Mountain, a new indoor roller coaster themed to the film TRON: Legacy is featured called Tron Lightcycles Power Run. Instead of a classic spinning rockets attraction, Shanghai's park includes a spinning Jet Packs ride. A new version of Disney's popular Buzz Lightyear dark ride also included called Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue utilizing new technology different from that of the currently existing versions of the ride located at other Disney parks. Also included is a copy of Stitch Encounter, a popular live interactive show currently found at Hong Kong Disneyland, and Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris

Tomorrowland shanghai

Concept Art of "Tomorrowland" at Shanghai Disneyland"

Attractions:

Restaurants:

  • Spiral Snacks
  • Stargazer Grill
  • The Light Stuff

Shops:

  • Intergalactic Imports

Toy Story Land

Just like Walt Disney Studios in Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland, Shanghai Disneyland features a "Toy Story Land". Unlike the two existing versions of this "land", it only features two rides, minus the "Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop" attraction found at the other parks.

Attractions:

  • Rex's Racers
  • Slinky Dog Spin
  • Woody's Roundup (Show)

Restaurants:

  • Celebration Cafe
  • Toy Box Cafe

Shops:

  • S.H.O.P.

Treasure Cove

A brand new land not found at any other Disney park, Treasure Cove is themed to the "Pirates of the Caribbean" film franchise [4]. The land features a brand new unique version of the classic "Pirates of the Caribbean" attraction, called Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Sunken Treasure, utilizing brand new effects and technology not seen in any other version of the ride. Also featured is a new stunt show starring Captain Jack Sparrow, and a version of the classic guest-powered Explorer Canoes attraction found at other Disney parks.

Treasure Cove Concept Art

Concept Art of "Treasure Cove" at Shanghai Disneyland

Attractions:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Sunken Treasure
  • Explorer Canoes
  • El Teatro Fandango (Show)
  • Stunt Theater (Show)

Restaurants:

  • Pintel & Rigetti's Grub to Grab
  • The Snackin' Kracken
  • Tortuga Treat

Shops:

  • Barbossa's Bounty
  • Doubloon Market

Adventure Isle

The park features an area similar to the "Adventurelands" found at other Disney parks, named Adventure Isle. Just like "Adventureland" at Disneyland Paris, "Adventure Isle" does not include a Jungle Cruise attraction, and instead features a dinosaur themed rapids attraction named Roaring Rapids, and Soaring Over The Horizon, a new version of the popular "Soarin' Over California" attractions featured at US Disney parks. Also included is an interactive play area called Camp Discovery Challenge Trail, similar to that of the "Redwood Creek Challenge Trail" found at Disney California Adventure.

Attractions:

  • Camp Discovery Challenge Trail
  • Roaring Rapids
  • Soaring Over the Horizon

Restaurants:

  • Piranha Bites
  • Tribal Table

Shops:

  • Adventure Supplies
  • Laughing Monkey Traders
  • Rainbow Frog Trinkets
  • Storehouse Stage

Hotels

Shanghai Disneyland hotel with the park and Disney town in the back
Toy Story Budget Hotel with the tron ride in the back

Outside of the park, the Shanghai Disney Resort features two hotels. One hotel is the five-star Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and the other will be a Toy Story themed hotel. The Shanghai Disneyland hotel is located near the lake facing the park and utilizes an art nouveau style architectural design.

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