We’ve been waiting this one for as long as we can remember for this one! And finally, we have news 🙂

As announced by Walt Disney Company and its Chinese partner Shanghai Shendi Group today (Wednesday, 13th January), the Disneyland theme park and resort in Shanghai is will open its magical doors on 16th June 2016.

Construction on the castle is nearing completion, as seen in the photo from late last year. (Source: Xinhua)
Construction on the castle is nearing completion, as seen in the photo from late last year. (Source: Xinhua)

Both companies confirmed that construction has been completed and the US$5.5 billion project has started recruitment and training of staff.

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The Shanghai Disneyland Resort is about 3 times bigger than Hong Kong Disneyland, making it Disney’s second largest theme park, behind only its resort in Orlando, Florida.

The park will feature characters with new stories tailored for the Chinese people, with attractions such as Gardens of Imagination, Tomorrowland, Treasure Cove, Adventure Isle, Mickey Avenue, and Fantasyland. One section of the theme park will feature a Disneytown with shopping, dining, and entertainment areas, 2 hotels, plus a 40-hectare “Wishing Star Park” with natural scenery.

Fun fact: The Enchanted Storybook Castle in Shanghai will be the tallest and largest Disney has built!

Photo taken in November last year shows the castle of Disney Resort under construction in Shanghai (Source: Xinhua)
Photo taken in November last year shows the castle of Disney Resort under construction in Shanghai (Source: Xinhua)

Ticket prices and other operating plans are still being finalised, but there has been speculation that the entrance prices will be between 300 – 400 yuan (about RM200 – RM266). When it opens, Shanghai Disneyland Resort is expected to draw 10 million visitors a year.

The Shanghai Disneyland Resort is located in Chuansha township in the Pudong district of China’s commercial capital.

Don’t forget! There are about 7 long weekends (for Malaysians) after June this year so if you want to go to Shanghai Disneyland, you might want to start planning now. It’s about, oh, only a 5-hour flight away 🙂

For more information, visit Shanghai Disneyland’s website.

Sources: CNA, Los Angeles Times, SCMP / Featured image from Parks Trip.

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