Disney Shanghai

When they go on sale late March, tickets to Disney Shanghai will be considerably less than at other parks.

Melissa Locker

Shanghai is about to become the new happiest place on Earth. The city’s Disneyland park, the first in mainland China, is scheduled to open June 16, 2016. It will feature a Disneytown, a Wishing Star Park, a Toy Story-themed hotel, an Alice in Wonderland maze, 99 acres of gardens, lakes, and parkland—and a competitively low ticket price.

China Daily reports that Shanghai Disneyland will be the lowest priced of Disney’s ever-growing chain of resorts and parks around the world. (Not including the unofficial Disney Laos, of course.) Tickets start at 499 yuan (around $75) during the buzzy grand opening period of June 16 through 30 and during the high-demand days of summer. Tickets will then drop to 370 yuan ($56) on slower weekdays starting in September. The park will also offer discounts for children, seniors, and visitors with disabilities.

Compare that to Hong Kong’s park, which charges 539 HKD ($63), and Anaheim’s Disneyland, where a one-day, one-park ticket runs $99. Tickets for Shanghai's Disneyland will be on sale March 28, 2016.

The park was originally scheduled to open in December 2015, but the opening date was pushed back so that Disney and its Chinese partner, the Shanghai Shendi Group, could add more attractions, purchased with an additional $800 million investment, according to the LA Times.

Based on the aerial photos just released by Xinhua, the park looks almost ready for visitors, from the Storybook Castle to Camp Discovery and the incredible Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, complete with Hakuna Matata oasis. For more information about the park and its attractions, head to the Shanghai Disneyland website.

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