Disney Park Blog revealed today that Shanghai Disneyland will be opening in spring of 2016, instead of end of 2015.
Just now, on today’s earnings call, Bob Iger, Disney chairman and CEO, shared updates on the project.
“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.
I am not entirely surprised to hear this, as rumors have been going around for quite some time that Shanghai Disneyland is not really hitting its original opening date. But I am glad that they chose to take the time and push back the opening instead of having a park with a few rides still under construction.
Let's all look forward to 2016 then!