China: Shanghai Disneyland is set to open on June 16, 2016
SHANGHAI- Tickets for Shanghai Disneyland, Disney’s first theme park on the Chinese mainland, went on sale on March 28, about two and a half months ahead of the resort’s opening on June 16. Shanghai Disneyland Park, located in Chuansha New Town of Pudong New Area.
By 5 p.m., more than 35,600 one-day passes and 12,000 two-day passes had been sold through the official sales channel on online marketplace Tmall.
That is one of a number of sales channels, also including third-party retailers.
Ctrip, China’s largest online travel agent, reported that most of its ticket orders were coming from the cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Nanjing and Hangzhou.
A customer at a high-street travel agency in Shanghai said she came to the store to buy tickets after failing to get them online. “But the staff just suggested I buy the tickets online, so I’ll just have to go home and refresh the websites more frequently.”
The regular price of admission is 370 yuan (around 57 U.S. dollars). Peak pricing for holidays and weekends, is 499 yuan, and this will apply from the opening until June 30.
Tickets are date-specific and provide access to all attractions and entertainment.
Children under 1.4 meters tall, over-65s and guests with disabilities are entitled to a 25-percent discount. Infants under 1 meter tall are admitted free. Two-day tickets are available at a 5-percent discount.
The Shanghai Disney Resort is Disney’s sixth resort worldwide. Construction began in 2011.
China Focus: Shanghai Disney resort triggers travel surge
SHANGHAI- The June 2016 opening of the Shanghai Disney Resort, Disney’s first theme park in the Chinese mainland, triggered a sales rush after tickets became available Monday.
Major authorized online tour operators, including Lvmama, Ctrip and Shanghai Spring International Travel Service, have reported a surge in bookings for tour packages related to the park, which is scheduled to open on June 16.
Lvmama said a two-day, one-night package with park pass and hotel accommodation has been the most popular. “People have been calling in to ask about the package, and bookings have grown steadily since Monday,” said a Lvmama employee.
Ctrip, China’s largest online travel agent, said packages that combine the Disney resort with nearby towns are also popular. It said bookings were made by residents from more than 60 cities, including inland cities such as Wuhan and Changsha.
Ctrip now offers 70 packages related to the resort. Data showed budget hotel prices near the resort have risen more than 50 percent since tickets went on sale.
On Monday, park passes for the resort’s opening day were snapped up in minutes. Industry analysts said the park’s debut will help boost tourism in the Yangtze River Delta.
Shanghai Haitong Securities analyst Wang Liting said the park has benefited the transportation, hotel, tourism and retail sectors.
Disneyland will bring an increase in visitors to Shanghai and neighboring cities, said Xue Peipei, an analyst with Shanghai Huatai Securities, and nearby tourist destinations such as Wuzhen, a historic water town about 130 kilometers from Shanghai, will also see more visitors.
He Jianmin, director of the tourism management department of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, said the park will drive coordinated development of cities in the Yangtze River Delta.
The Shanghai Disney Resort is Disney’s sixth resort worldwide. Construction began in 2011 in Pudong New District.
The resort is expected to attract 10 million visits each year, according to Shanghai Shendi Group, Disney’s Chinese partner. However, professor He Jianmin estimates that with growing momentum in the tourism sector, visitors could top 16 million per year.
Video: Entrance tickets of Shanghai Disneyland see strong sales
Video: Shanghai Disneyland is already sold out for its opening day
Video: Aerial views of Shanghai Disneyland
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