Since the pandemic changed Character Greetings at Disney Parks, it's difficult to gauge how such experiences will take shape at Zootopia. But seeing the likes of Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde definitely shouldn't be ruled out, especially in a themed land. For the time being, at least you can still see the pair at Adventure Isle.
Meanwhile, in June, Walt Disney Imagineering shared a picture on their official Twitter account of a three-meter-tall Tundratown polar bear audio-animatronic in mid-construction, so we'll definitely be getting our fair share of the city's mammalian inhabitants in some shape or form!
You might be surprised to learn that Disney has revealed some information about what guests can expect in terms of attractions. In a social media post in late 2020 that showed aerial shots of the themed land in construction, they said the following:
Guests will be invited to experience the mammalian metropolis of Zootopia “where anyone can be anything,” with a new major attraction that will seamlessly blend Disney storytelling and state-of-the-art technology to bring this fan-favorite movie and its characters to life – including Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde. Entertainment, merchandise, and food and beverage offerings will invite guests to fully immerse themselves in the Academy-Award-winning animated movie.
It sounds like Shanghai Disneyland Resort is certainly taking inspiration from other themed lands, such as Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and Toy Story Land, with deep immersion being the goal. Exactly what the attraction they're alluding to is, though, remains to be seen, but we're keeping our paws crossed that it will be the Zootropolis train!
1. Opening Date
While no specific opening date has been confirmed yet, we do know that the themed land will be opening its big doors to the public sometime in 2022. This might sound like a long time, but seeing as we're already pretty much at the end of 2021, it's not that long! Let's just hope it's already up and running by this time next year.
If you can't wait for the new themed land, then at least you'll have the upcoming TV series to satisfy your needs for all things Zootopia in the meantime. Zootopia+ will take us back to the vibrant city of Zootropolis, for an anthology series that will follow on a number of already-introduced characters!