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SHANGHAI DISNEYLAND
Shanghai, China
Walt Disney Company

Opened June 16, 2016

 

Park News - (12/11/17) For the first time that I know of, pictures of the secret Club 33 location inside Shanghai Disneyland have leaked out online and you can take a virtual tour of the private club in the latest update to Disney & More.
    (9/9/17) Shanghai Disneyland has had a bit of a time putting Disney's FastPass program into a proper working order. First they launched it with first-gen style FastPass ticket machines, but that only led to individuals trying to make a quick buck off the system by grabbing and selling FastPass tickets to other guests. To combat this Disney attempted to beat them at their own game in April by selling a "Disney Premier Access" pass upgrade that comes with FastPass style access to skip the lines on seven of the park's major attractions.
    This week Shanghai Disneyland has announced the next step in the program will be the complete conversion of the park's FastPass program to an all digital method this fall. Shanghai Disneyland guests will need to download the official park app onto their mobile device to be able to book and redeem Disney FastPass tickets, similar to how the program works at Walt Disney World. Guests can also opt to pay extra to upgrade to Disney Premier Access through the app as well.
    (6/22/17) In response to comments Bob Iger made a few days ago about the possibility of a second park in China, my own sources have confirmed to Screamscape that work on a second park is indeed already in early development. But to be clear... in development doesn't mean approved to be built. They're just working on ideas and design concepts that will eventually be put together into a final proposal in order to get approval to move forward.
    (6/19/17) After hosting 11 million guests in the first year of operation, Disney CEO, Bob Iger says that the park is now "close to breaking even" in record time. With that kind of quick turnaround on investment, it has also given Disney the confidence to say that there is a good chance that they could build a second park in China sometime in the future, though they are focused on the continued growth and success of the original park for the immediate future.
    Based on the numbers, beyond expanding the existing park, I'd guess they are looking into building additional resort properties on site as well as the occupancy rates of the existing resorts is already "extremely high". Meanwhile they have had a more troubling time with the Merchandise and Food & Beverage side of things within the park, which the guests have universally deemed as being just too high priced.

 

2018 - Toy Story Land - (5/9/18) A new video taking a stroll around the newly opened Toy Story Land at Shanghai Disneyland can be found below.

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    (4/4/18) According to a Screamscape reader at Shanghai Disneyland, the walls around Toy Story Land came down on April 3rd, and the park began to offer limited access to the land and attractions to select "invited" guests as a soft or soft-opening preview. Some pictures of the action were also sent in.

    (12/1/17) Disney has released some new artwork and details about the new Toy Story Land opening at the Shanghai Disneyland in Summer 2018. In addition to an overview of the land, new art was released showing a close-up of the land's three big attractions: Slinky Dog Spin, Rex's Racer and Woody's Round-Up. In addition to the three rides the land will also feature a new character meet & greet area themed as a series of old west buildings (hitching post, sheriff's office, saloon and bank) where you can meet your favorite Toy Story characters, including Woody, Jessie and Bullseye.
    Funny how Shanghai Disneyland managed to skip over having a Frontierland, but will kind of be getting a mini version anyway with a Toy Story theme.

 

2018 - Mandarin Beauty & The Beast Broadway Musical - (9/4/17) Disney & More reports that a Mandarin production of Disney's Broadway musical version of Beauty & The Beast will soon arrive at the Shanghai Disney Resort to perform at the Grand Theater in 2018.

 

icon_STOP???? - Zootopia / New Land - Confirmed - (1/24/19) BlooLoop reports that Shanghai Disneyland will begin construction later this year on a brand new land at the park that will be themed to the animated film, Zootopia. Disney did not give an expected timeline about when Zootopia would be ready to open, and only mentioned that the land would be home to a major new attraction that will use ‘state-of-the-art technology’ to bring the world to life.
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    (9/13/18) According to a post at Orlando Parks News, Shanghai Disneyland could become home to a new land themed around the animated film Zootopia. This is just a rumor right now, and I admit, a bit of a wild one, but it should be interesting to watch and see how this turns out.

 

???? - Future Park Additions - Rumor - (8/29/18) While nothing has been decided, the latest update posted to Disney & More claims that officials at Shanghai Disneyland are looking into the idea of adding their own version of Avatar: World of Pandora as a long-term future park expansion project. Yes, long term... meaning if they opt to do it, it probably will be 5 or 6 years before it opens, but it is interesting that they are considering adding a Pandora themed land to the park, rather than jumping on the Star Wars bandwagon.
 
    (5/23/16) While Shanghai Disneyland has yet to open to the public, there are many other there already talking about what's next... which Phase 2 projects will we see added to the park over the next decade? (Other than the previously announced Toy Story Land that was to be part of the park's opening lineup at one point, and then pushed back to Phase 2 status, but is now under construction for 2018)
    I've got to think Star Wars may be in the works as well somewhere... even if not the entire new Star Wars Land, what about Star Tours?  With Hong Kong using the Star Tours ride system for their Iron Man Experience ride opening later this year, putting Star Tours in Shanghai may not be a bad idea before building up to a full blown Star Wars land.
    Marvel is the other idea to think about... is Marvel big in China?  Big enough to get a Marvel Land, or maybe even just a single Marvel themed ride or coaster?  Time will tell.
    Other items I've heard mentioned lately include the idea of building a large mountain themed coaster ride with a layout nearly identical to Expedition Everest, but likely with a different theme. There are also rumors of new dark ride concept as well, such as a trackless dark ride themed to the Alice in Wonderland movies. Of course Disney has so many dark rides to choose from that would work in Shanghai, or they could try to copy newer projects tied to films like Frozen, or the new Beauty and the Beast dark ride coming to Tokyo... or perhaps even to build the first Little Mermaid dark ride in Asia instead.
    While they will likely wait until the park opens to figure out what to build first, it is certain that new attractions will be on the way fairly quickly as they attempt to build out this new park and fill in whatever gaps are needed.

 

 

 
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