Shanghai Disneyland concept art

Shanghai Disneyland will be cheaper to visit than Hong Kong Disneyland when it makes its debut in 2015, according to a senior local government official.

China.org.cn reports that Dai Haibo, a deputy director in the Pudong New Area government, has claimed that ticket prices at the new park will be lower than at its sister park in Hong Kong. This will form part of an overall plan to boost the number of visitors from the local population, helping to avoid the attendance problems that have plagued Hong Kong Disneyland since its 2005 opening.

The report also claims that a range of "Chinese elements" will be featured in Shanghai Disneyland, helping to distinguish it from existing "Magic Kingdom-style" Disney theme parks. This is consistent with previous reports that the park will be the first such park not to feature a Main Street, USA at its entrance. Instead, it will include an 11 acre entry area featuring water elements, trees and costumed characters.

Dai also stated that the local government will be careful to protect the image and atmosphere of Shanghai Disneyland. To aid with this, it will only license businesses that are consistent with the tourism focus of the Disney resort to be constructed within a 100-mile radius.

As with its previous overseas resorts in Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong, Disney has secured a local partner to help fund the Shanghai resort. It is set to be majority-owned by the Chinese government, which will take a 57% stake. The resort will be Disney's fourth outside of the US, after Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland.



It will be really interesting to see how this works out being 57% owned by the government. It's already odd to see the results - that they're able to only allow appropriate businesses within a hundred mile range.

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