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p. 45: New Zootopia details!

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Very stoked for this expansion and I'm confident they'll do an incredible job. Zootopia is a strong international IP that everyone can vibe with, I think it will be a huge hit. There are endless ideas for photo ops, immersive city style themeing, food/drink, merch, and attractions. I'm happy to see a new IP growing and getting attention!


Elissa's totally right - to get a photo op with Nick or Judy (you had to pick 1) at Tokyo Disneyland, you had to go there first to get a ticket or else it would sell out right away.

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I just read on another site, that Zootopia ranks 2nd in Disney Animated Films

that have hit the $1 Billion+ mark, world wide.


Guess what's number 1 and 3? Of course, it's Frozen and

(for now, till it probably passes Zootopia) Frozen II, I read.

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Be advised the park is shut due to the virus outbreak:


In response to the prevention and control of the disease outbreak and in order to ensure the health and safety of our guests and Cast, Shanghai Disney Resort is temporarily closing Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown including Walt Disney Grand Theatre and Wishing Star Park, starting January 25, 2020. We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and be in close contact with the local government, and we will announce the reopening date upon confirmation.

Shanghai Disney Resort will assist in the refund for guests who have purchased tickets for admission to Shanghai Disneyland, have booked a resort hotel, or have booked tickets for Beauty and the Beast Mandarin Production through the original ticket purchase channel, and we will introduce the detailed procedure and guidelines via the resort’s official platforms as soon as possible.

We wish our guests a healthy and happy Spring Festival!


Shanghai Disney Resort

January 24, 2020


It could be a case of just being closed for the Chinese New Year when they would have been swamped with people and reopening after that but depending on how this epidemic unfolds over the coming days and weeks, there's a chance it could also become longer.

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per CNN, they *are* listing it as a "temporary closure".. but you KNOW it's a pretty big deal if they are shutting down over Lunar New Year Holidays:






(also shutting down: Forbidden City, the Pagoda Forest, the famous tombs, the most touristy part of the Great Wall, and even McDonalds announced they are suspending operations in 5 cities in China).


this is some scary stuff, and I hope they are able to contain the outbreak and find a treatment solution for those infected

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According to an article on the OC Register (Link), Disney's CFO is assuming both Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland will be closed for 2 months, resulting in a $175 million loss.




Disney assumes coronavirus outbreak could keep Shanghai and Hong Kong theme parks closed for two months


Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland will remain closed indefinitely amid the coronavirus outbreak that has killed hundreds, infected thousands and restricted millions from traveling.


Disney assumes the coronavirus outbreak in China that has forced the temporary closure of Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland could keep the two Asian theme parks closed for at least two months.


The temporary closure of Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland due to China’s coronavirus outbreak could result in a $175 million loss in Disney’s upcoming second quarter, Disney chief financial officer Christine McCarthy said. The loss assumes the closure of both parks for two months, McCarthy said.


“The recent closure of our parks in both Shanghai and Hong Kong due to the ongoing coronavirus situation will negatively impact second quarter and full year results,” McCarthy said during the company’s latest earnings call. “The precise magnitude of the financial impact is highly dependent on the duration of the closures and how quickly we can resume normal operations.”


Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland will remain closed indefinitely amid the coronavirus outbreak that has killed hundreds, infected thousands and restricted millions from traveling. The closure of the two Disney theme parks came at the beginning of the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, one of the busiest travel seasons of the year in China.


“At Shanghai Disney Resort, we currently estimate the closure of the park could have an adverse impact on second quarter operating income of approximately $135 million assuming the park is closed for two months during Q2,” McCarthy said.


Hong Kong Disneyland had already seen a significant drop in theme park attendance and hotel bookings due to the ongoing protests in the city.


“At Hong Kong Disneyland, we currently estimate the closure of the park could have an additional adverse impact on operating income of about $40 million for the second quarter,” McCarthy said. “Again, this assumes that the resort is closed for two months.”


Coronavirus symptoms include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing. Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in more than two dozen countries outside mainland China. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified at least 11 coronavirus cases in the United States, including in California.


The coronavirus outbreak hasn’t had an impact on visitation at Disney’s U.S. theme park, McCarthy said. Disney’s U.S. parks don’t draw a significant amount of visitors from Asia, McCarthy said. Approximately 1 in 5 visitors to Disney’s domestic parks come from international markets, McCarthy said.

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Main park is still closed but it's an indication that things are getting ready to go back to normal.


Shanghai Disneyland Remains Temporarily Closed Until Further Notice

Disneytown, Wishing Star Park and Shanghai Disneyland Hotel Re-open with Limited Operations - March 09, 2020

Shanghai Disneyland remains closed as we continue to closely monitor health and safety conditions and follow the direction of government regulators. However, as the first step of a phased reopening, Shanghai Disney Resort will partially resume operations on March 9, 2020 with a limited number of shopping, dining, and recreational experiences available in Disneytown, Wishing Star Park and Shanghai Disneyland Hotel. Each of these resort locations will operate under limited capacity and reduced hours of operation. The Disney Car and Coach Park and the Disneytown Parking Lot will also reopen.


The resort will provide an extensive range of measures, designed to ensure a safe and healthy experience for all guests, Cast Members and Disneytown tenant employees, including strict and comprehensive approaches on sanitization, disinfection and cleanliness. In accordance with relevant regulations, every guest entering Shanghai Disney Resort will be required to undergo temperature screening procedures upon their arrival, will need to present their Health QR Code when entering dining venues, and will be required to wear a mask during their entire visit. Guests will also be reminded to maintain respectful social distances at all times while in stores, queues and restaurants.


Please refer to the Shanghai Disney Resort official website and app for the operation hours of Disneytown and Wishing Star Park.


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Recently posted overhead shots of ShDL. The first shot shows the ZOOTOPIA area

still being finished (yay dirt!) before vertical construction begins.


It's still strange to see a Magic Kingdom without a train running around it.

Or at least through it, like Western Railroad in Tokyo Disneyland.


Thank you to whoever took these photos!


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Shanghai Disneyland Reopens with Controlled Capacity on May 11


- Park reopens on May 11, 2020

- Includes required pre-booking of tickets and limited capacity

- Social distancing measures include queues, restaurants, ride vehicles and other facilities

- Some interactive attractions, playareas and theatres will remain closed

- Parades and night-time spectaculars are not returning yet

- There will be characters in the park, but no close-up meet-and-greets

- Guests must present valid green health QR, wear masks and have a temperature check







Full press release:


Shanghai Disneyland Reopens with Controlled Capacity on May 11


BURBANK, Calif., May 5, 2020 – As residents in Shanghai and its neighboring provinces gradually return to more normal life - including at workplaces, schools, shops, restaurants, and entertainment destinations - Shanghai Disney Resort announced today that Shanghai Disneyland will re-open to the public on May 11, 2020.


“We know how much our guests have been looking forward to returning to Shanghai Disneyland, and our cast is excited to begin welcoming them back,” said Bob Chapek, Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “As the park reopens with significantly enhanced health and safety measures, our guests will find Shanghai Disneyland as magical and memorable as ever.”


During this initial re-opening phase, Shanghai Disney Resort instituted enhanced measures and procedures that comply with government directives and focus on the needs of guests and cast members. The initial park re-opening will demonstrate a deliberate approach, drawing on the experience from the successful re-opening of Disneytown, Wishing Star Park and Shanghai Disneyland Hotel in early March, and implement enhanced health and safety measures. At opening, these measures and procedures include:


Limited and pulsed attendance with an advanced reservation and entry system: Guests are required to purchase admission tickets valid on a selected date only and Annual Pass holders must make a reservation prior to arrival.


Controlled guest density: Capacity will be recommended and managed in queues, restaurants, ride vehicles and other facilities. Queues will be structured and ride vehicles will be loaded to promote social distancing.


Implementing required government health and prevention procedures: This includes temperature screening and the use of the government-issued Shanghai Health QR code, a contact tracing and early detection system used in China. Additionally, guests must wear a mask during their visit, except when dining.


Increased sanitization and disinfection measures: Hand sanitizers will be available at queue entries and attraction exits. High-touch locations, such as ride vehicles, handlebars, queue railings and turnstiles will have increased sanitization.


Training for cast members: Cast members will receive training on procedures with an emphasis on contactless guest interaction, cleaning and social distancing and will receive additional protective equipment including masks.


Shanghai Disney Resort plans to recognize and celebrate the contributions of medical professionals, with additional details announced soon.


More info: https://shcorporate.shanghaidisneyresort.com/en/category/press-room-en

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New aerial photo has been posted, showing a bit of 'action' in the new spot where ZOOTOPIA-land is going.


Thanks to DONGDONG for the photo!


It's also neat to see how they've landscaped around the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Coaster.

At the original in WDW, you can walk completely around it. Here, only on the "front side."

But that means they can surround the ride, with many more trees, than the original. (o:

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