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Celebrating Five Years of Shanghai Disney Resort with A Year of Magical Surprises

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Shanghai Disney Resort opened its gates on June 16, 2016, bringing the wonder and imagination of Disney in magical new ways to new audiences and regions. In the nearly five years since, the resort has become one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world – featuring innovative experiences, new lands, stories and characters that continue to attract new and returning guests every day across China and beyond.

As Shanghai Disney Resort prepares to celebrate its milestone fifth anniversary get ready for a “Year of Magical Surprises!” Starting April 8, we’ll be celebrating with an exciting lineup of exclusive experiences and sensational surprises across Shanghai Disneyland, the resort’s two themed hotels, Disneytown and beyond.

From a breathtaking nighttime spectacular, “ILLUMINATE! A Nighttime Celebration,” to an anniversary-themed overlay to Mickey’s Storybook Express pre-parade, there are new experiences and surprises around every corner.

Each beautifully themed land will be illuminated, while fifth anniversary decorations line the streets of Mickey Avenue. Heard throughout the park, new soundtracks will additionally bring the celebrations to life and a collection of limited-edition souvenirs will allow guests to bring home lasting memories. You’ll also want to look out for a fifth anniversary makeover on the resort’s two hotels and Disneytown.

The surprises don’t stop there. Get ready for a warm greeting from your favorite Disney characters, joined by familiar, but rarely seen friends for an extra sprinkling of unexpected magic. An all-new Surprise Squad formed by cast members will also appear throughout the day, greeting guests and unveiling exciting additional wonders, including fun souvenirs and opportunities to be invited to the Disney “Surprise!” Show for a chance to win an exclusive VIP treatment and other prizes. 

As the resort raises the curtain on this milestone, keep checking in to see what additional surprises are in store!