With the Shanghai Disney Resort’s opening day set for June 16, 2016, and beautiful photos slowly being leaked on social media, the excitement is building. On Monday, March 28, 2016, at 12:01 AM (Shanghai local time), tickets went on sale for Shanghai Disney Resort. For visitors to Walt Disney World or Disneyland, some of the ways Shanghai Disney Resort handles admission are going to seem very strange. In fact, without some advance planning, you may not be able to get in. Here’s a quick primer about Shanghai Disney Resort tickets.
- Only two options are available for tickets: One Day or Two Day. No annual passes, seasonal passes, or other multi-day tickets are sold. Buying a two-day ticket offers a 5% discount.
- Ticket prices are based on several factors, including age and height. Infants of 1.0 meter (39.4 inches) and below are free. A child is defined as 1.0-1.4 meters (55.1 inches, inclusive). An adult is anyone above 1.4 meters and below age 65. A senior is age 65 and above. In addition, there is a special price for the disabled, however certificate/proof of disability is required.
- Like airline tickets, Shanghai Disney Resort tickets are sold for select days in advance. Currently, tickets are available for days through September 13, 2016. Well, most days…opening day sold out in mere hours.
- Tickets get you admission to Shanghai Disney Resort, but a separate ticket is required for The Lion King production in Disneytown. There is no admission fee for Disneytown itself or Wishing Star Park.
- Tickets are likely to sell out for certain days. Although Disney has not officially released numbers about how many tickets are available per day, annual attendance estimates are for Shanghai Disney Resort to break 17 million. That works out to just shy of 50,000 per day. The city of Shanghai has a population of 24 million, and many of those people are going to want to be some of the first to see this new park. When the Shanghai Disney Store opened last year, people waited in line for three hours in the hopes to get in. After the first hour of opening, the store posted that it was “closed for the day” to prevent more people from joining the line. Yes, Disney is that popular.
Long story short, if you expect to show up at the gate and buy a ticket, you may be sorely disappointed. Also, when you buy a ticket, you select the day you want to visit. If you select a day, such as July 1, but you are not able to make it that day, you can swap for another day–but only IF there’s availability.
The current prices for a one-day ticket are:
- Grand Opening: June 16-30, 2016: CNY 499 (approximately USD $77)
- Peak Pricing (Holidays [September 15-17, 2016, October 1-9, 2016], Weekends, July, and August): CNY 499
- Regular days: CNY 370 (approximately USD $57)
For the discounted categories (child, disabled, senior), take 25% off those prices.
Tickets are available for purchase through the following methods:
- On www.shanghaidisneyresort.com
- Calling the Shanghai Disney Resort Reservation Center at 400-180-0000 or 86-21-31580000
- Through the Shanghai Disney Alitrip Flagship Store (http://shdr.alitrip.com) – note, this site is not in English
- Or through official travel partners. A list is available here: http://shanghaidisneyresort.com/en/faq/tickets/ticket-purchase
Going through the official Shanghai Disney Resort web site, I had to create a new account – my Disney account state-side did not work. At that point, I had options for an eTicket via text message to a mobile phone or an eTicket via email. It appears that a physical souvenir-type printed ticket was not an option.
The three payment methods were China Union Pay, Alipay, or International Card. Payment is due in full at booking.
At the initial roll-out, there were some challenges for international customers to be able to access the English site, but within the first few hours, they were resolved and tickets were still available even for opening day until about 8 AM Monday, Shanghai time. Still, the early bird gets the worm—if you know you want a specific date, order your tickets early to lock that in.
Are there any lucky readers who are planning a trip to Shanghai? If so, feel free to share your excitement in the comments.