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Shanghai Disneyland

The Shanghai Disneyland project broke ground on April 8, 2011, with the expectation that it will take five years to complete. When it opens, the Shanghai Disneyland will be the sixth Disneyland in the world.

This 24.5 billion yuan project to bring Mickey Mouse and other Disney figures to China has taken 10 years of talks. Shanghai Disneyland, Disney's fourth outside the US after Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong, is situated in Chuansha New Town of Pudong New Area (浦东新区川沙新镇), not far from the city’s main international airport in Pudong. The first-stage project of the Shanghai Disney Resort covers an area of 390 hectares, including the core area — the 116 hectares Magic Kingdom.

A Look at Shanghai Disneyland Project

  • Land area: 3.9 square kilometers
  • Investment amount: 24.5 billion yuan
  • Construction period: 5 years (2011–2016)


The same as the first five Disneyland Resorts, the Shanghai Disney Resort includes the infrastructure and supporting facilities of two theme hotels, retail stores, restaurants, a parking lot, a central lake, and a traffic hub.

However, Shanghai would be the first Disneyland without "Main Street, USA" following the entrance, but vast grassland where Chinese cultural festivals can be held instead. It is expected that the Shanghai Disneyland will try to get close to Chinese visitors by combining classic Disney characters and storytelling with the uniqueness and beauty of China, which will give the Disneyland a typical Chinese style, or even Shanghai style.

The Shanghai castle boasts the largest and the most immersive of any Disney park. Known as the Enchanted Storybook Castle, it will represent all of the Disney princesses. It also will be the first one to host an in-castle Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique princess makeover experience.

Disneyland Parks and Resorts in the World

Country City Completion Land Area (hectares) Annual Tourists (million) Ticket Price (HK$)
USA Los Angeles 1955 207 20 413
USA Orlando 1971 12,228 30 466
Japan Tokyo 1983 201 17.3 385
France Paris 1992 1,951 12 381
China Hong Kong 2005 126 4.5 350
China Shanghai 2016 390 (first-stage) 7 – 17 300 (estimated)