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UPDATE: First Look: Shanghai Disney Resort Images Revealed

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

We have an update to the story we shared with you earlier today about Shanghai Disney Resort. Just now, on today’s earnings call, Bob Iger, Disney chairman and CEO, shared updates on the project. We wanted to share them with you.

“This is also a dynamic and exciting time for our Parks & Resorts – with another very strong performance in Q1 and plenty to look forward to, including the spectacular Shanghai Disney Resort. I was in China the week before last and saw amazing progress — we just topped off our signature Shanghai Disneyland Hotel… and we’re nearing completion on iconic features throughout the park, including the largest castle we’ve ever built… and we’re getting ready to start casting the hundreds of performers we’ll need to entertain our guests. It’s thrilling to see Shanghai Disney Resort rapidly coming to life. The artistry, complexity….the magnitude…and the detail….it’s all quite astonishing. As you’ll recall, after we broke ground on this incredible resort, we announced an $800 million expansion, significantly increasing both the size of the park and the number of attractions available to our guests on opening day. Even with that expansion, we will complete major construction by the end of this calendar year, and we’re planning a spectacular grand opening in Spring of 2016, which we believe is the optimal time to showcase the full grandeur of this world class destination.” – Bob Iger.

As you know, Shanghai Disney Resort is one of the most ambitious projects we’ve ever undertaken at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and I know that all of you are as excited as I am to see what’s planned for our first-ever theme park resort in mainland China. Just this week, we unveiled a first look at new creative images of both the reimagined attraction based on the world of Pirates and the new hotels under development.


As we shared on the blog previously, Shanghai Disneyland will be home to the first-ever Pirates-themed land-Treasure Cove-and an E-ticket attraction called Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure. The attraction will feature a combination of new technology and innovation and will take guests on a pirate adventure with Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Davy Jones, providing an experience unlike anything else in the world.

The resort also released new aerial images of the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and Toy Story Hotel. The topping out of Shanghai Disneyland Hotel took place just 12 months after its vertical construction started. With 420-rooms, it will be the signature hotel of Shanghai Disney Resort, featuring an elegant Art Nouveau style with a touch of Disney magic and imagination, and stunning views of Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown and the resort’s central lake.

Shanghai Disney Resort Unveils Construction Images for the Toy Story Hotel Shanghai Disney Resort Unveils and Artist Rendering for the Toy Story Hotel

The topping out of Shanghai Disneyland Hotel adds to the list of milestones since vertical construction of the resort started 15 months ago, including: the topping out of the resort’s first building in Disneytown in December 2013, the 800-room Toy Story Hotel in January 2014 and most recently Disneyland’s “mountain” feature in December 2014. All of these milestones showcase the progress we are making to share wonderful Disney stories with the people of mainland China.

Stay tuned for more updates on Shanghai Disney Resort!


  • Talk about a compelling reason to visit– an E-Ticket Pirates ride?!? Shiver me timbers cap’n!!

  • Fantastic news & love the pics. Thanks for sharing this update with us Thomas!

  • My sister lives in Shanghai and likes to get these updates. Looks like a trip might be in order! Looks like another amazing Disney Park.

  • That battle scene in Pirates with the two ships looks like it’s going to be amazing! Can’t wait to see more. I know Iger is now saying the park and resort will be ready by “Spring 2016” but unless these pics are dated, I don’t think even an extra 6 months will be enough time. I’ll be curious to see what the official opening date is when it’s announced. Either way, it looks like its going to be great.

  • Very cool! But this park opens in November? Unless these photos are very old, I can’t see how the park will be ready in November.

  • Wow, this looks incredible! I can’t wait to see more pictures!

  • holy hannah montana… that Pirates of the Caribbean looks so cool. I can’t wait to get to go see this!!

  • The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction looks amazing! I always enjoy seeing the evolution of this attraction as it has been built at the other parks around the world. This latest version looks to be a complete overhaul from the previous versions! Can’t wait to see more! (and hope that at least a couple of these attractions get cloned at the US parks because I don’t know how soon I’ll make it to China!)

  • This looks amazing. I can not wait until this is finished. It really makes me want to take a trip to China.

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