Shanghai Disney Resort

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Shanghai Disney Resort
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The Shanghai Disney Resort is an upcoming theme park resort to be built by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. This would be the first Disney park in mainland China and the second within the Greater China region, the other being the existing Hong Kong Disneyland. The resort is scheduled to open in 2016.[1][2] Phase 1 of the resort's development will feature a Disneyland-style park, Shanghai Disneyland Park, an entertainment district, two themed hotels, recreational facilities, a lake and associated parking and transportation hubs. Additional phases will see the development of two additional theme parks at the resort. The site will cover 963 acres in Pudong, Shanghai, or approximately 3 times the size of the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, at a cost of 24.5 billion yuan (US$3.7 billion) for the new theme park and an additional 4.5 billion yuan (US$0.7 billion) to build other aspects of the resort. 43% of the resort will be owned by The Walt Disney Company and the remaining 57% will be owned by the Shanghai Shendi Group, itself a joint venture of three companies owned by the Shanghai government.[3] Project Application Report for the resort was approved by the Chinese government on November 4, 2009.[4]

Since the announcement of the resort, the opening date has been the subject of some confusion, with some news sources stating that it will open in 2015[5] while others stating that it will open in 2016.[2] In November 2014, Disney CEO Bob Iger stated that the official opening date will be announced in "early 2015".[6]


  • In 2000, 2002, 2003, it was rumored that the construction of a park known as "Shanghai Disneyland" would begin in 2005, and be completed in 2014. This was originally denied by Hong Kong International Theme Parks President Bill Ernest.
  • On December 5, 2007, the assessment agency reported that construction of "Shanghai Disneyland" would start after the Expo 2010 Shanghai China, with an investment amounting to 40 billion yuan.
  • On March 7, 2008, Ming Pao Daily News reported that Disney's first choice for construction was in Pudong, Shanghai.
  • November 1, 2009: While attending the 21st session of the International Business Leaders Advisory Council, Han Zheng, Mayor of Shanghai said, in response to the media's questions: "Shanghai Municipal Government will, in the near future, convene a special press conference to release the latest [information] and to answer your questions.” Some people say that the "Shanghai Disneyland" project was approved in October 2009, but due to the low-key style of the Shanghai Municipal Government, and the need to fine-tune details between the two sides, as well as the need to change the 4 regulations, so subject to 100% to determine the rear will be publicly announced.
  • At 8:30 on November 4, 2009, an announcement, authorized by the Shanghai Municipal Government Press Office, was made: "Shanghai Disneyland project application report has been approved by the relevant state departments. Estimated total investment of 24.4 billion renminbi." Land near the proposed production site increased in value dramatically after the announcement was made.[7]
  • January 18, 2011: A mainland government official confirmed that Shanghai Disneyland which is scheduled now to open in 2015 will be 2-3 times the size of Hong Kong Disneyland and will eventually contain three theme parks. Speculation is that these three theme parks will include parks based on Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Animal Kingdom.[8]
  • April 7, 2011: Groundbreaking begins at the Shanghai Disneyland Resort site.[1]
  • April 28, 2014: Disney CEO Bob Iger announced an extra $800 million investment that will be spent to add additional rides and entertainment by opening day, bringing the total budget to $5.5 billion.[9][10]


The construction has already begun, and construction on a major road has begun in order to transport materials for the rest of the park. Major construction work is planned to start as early as May 2011, targeting a 2016 opening.[1][2] The resort is planned to cover an area of 4 km2.(988 acres) It is expected to cost 25 billion RMB ($3.66 billion USD).[7] The project will be financed by several large Chinese state-owned enterprises in Shanghai forming a joint venture with the Walt Disney Company.[7] The Oriental Land Company has not confirmed any connection to this venture with Disney on the Shanghai Disneyland project. "The first-phase of the project will be to the South of Huanglou Area, an area in Chuansha Town, the southeast suburbs of Shanghai's Pudong area; the second phase will extend further southwest," an urban developer from Shanghai stated.[11]

Attractions and features[edit]

Like most other Disney Resorts around the world, Shanghai Disneyland Resort will feature a flagship park called Shanghai Disneyland Park. The park will be built in a style similar to Disney's other Magic Kingdom-style parks. It will contain numerous themed lands. One of the aims of this project is to combine Disney stories and their characters with attractions that are specifically designed for Chinese guests. An interactive castle called Enchanted Storybook Castle will be constructed at the center of the park that will offer performances. It will be the largest of all Disney castles. Other large-scale venues will also be created.[12] The resort will also have two themed hotels (Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and Toy Story Hotel),[13] a lake, and large venues for retail shopping, dining and entertainment.[14]

Management structure[edit]

The resort's management structure consists of three companies:[15]

  • Shanghai International Theme Park Company Limited - 43% owned by Disney, 57% owned by Shanghai Shendi Group - ownership company for theme parks within the resort
  • Shanghai International Theme Park Associated Facilities Company Limited - 43% owned by Disney, 57% owned by Shanghai Shendi Group - ownership company for associated facilities within the resort
  • Shanghai International Theme Park and Resort Management Company Limited - 70% owned by Disney, 30% owned by Shanghai Shendi Group - manages the resort as a whole as well as the project to develop it, on behalf of the ownership companies

Shanghai Shendi Group itself comprises three companies:[16]

  • Shanghai Lujiazui (Group) Company Limited
  • Shanghai Radio, Film and Television Development Company Limited
  • Jinjiang International Group Holding Company


  1. ^ a b c "Shanghai Disney Resort Website « About the Resort". Disney Parks. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Disneyland Shanghai to open 2016". The Independent. 8 April 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "上海申迪集团 (Shanghai Shendi Group)". Shanghai Disney Resort. 
  4. ^ "The Walt Disney Company Reaches Another Major Milestone on Shanghai Theme Park Project". Walt Disney Company. November 3, 2009. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ [2] ("Shanghai Disneyland represents our best international growth initiative in a long time. And it's rising from the ground as we speak in a pretty compelling way because of its size and the innovation and the breadth of its quality, and we hope to be able to announce an opening date sometime in early 2015, meaning the date that we will open.")
  7. ^ a b c "Shanghai Disneyland gets approval, land price up". Xinhua/China Daily. November 4, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Shanghai Disneyland gets its own metro station". January 19, 2011. 
  9. ^ Barnes, Brooks (April 28, 2014). "Owners to Invest $800 Million More in Shanghai Disneyland". New York Times. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  10. ^ Brown, Eric (April 29, 2014). "Disney Announces Additional $800 Million Investment In Shanghai Disneyland". International Business Times. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Shanghai Disneyland Project gets State approval". Global Times. November 4, 2009. 
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  13. ^ [3], [4]
  14. ^ "Shanghai Disney Resort breaks ground in China". CNN. April 8, 2011. 
  15. ^ [5]
  16. ^ [6]

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