Boasting the Magic Kingdom's tallest fairytale castle and longest musical parade, Disney's Shanghai Resort is already its biggest overseas outpost. But even as gates open to the public this week, it's still building to keep customers keen. However, with the Grand Opening of the Resort tomorrow, it's time to look at Shanghai Disney by the numbers:
The amount, in US$, that it cost to build Shanghai Disneyland. As well as a plethora of Disney-themed rides the attraction includes two hotels, Disneytown (a shopping and dining complex), and the Walt Disney Grand Theater – where a Mandarin-language production of “The Lion King” is currently playing.
The number of designers – or “imagineers”, in Disney speak – it took to bring the park’s fairytale concept to life.
The number of visitors who descended on the park during its six-week pre-opening trial period. The crowds caused such chaos and damage that Disney released an etiquette guide for future visitors – telling them not to lie on the ground (!), to queue in an orderly fashion, and to respect the plants and trees.
The number of mouse ears that each flight attendant will wear on the China Eastern Airlines Disney-themed planes which launched last month. The airline, which is an official sponsor of Shanghai Disneyland, has a newly-decorated fleet of Airbus A330s covered with Mickeys and Minnies.
Or £40: The cost of a child’s one-day peak-time pass – although if you want to get your hands on a ticket for the sold-out opening period (until June 30), you’ll be forced to pay touts at least three times that figure. Peak prices for adults start at ¥499, or £53. “Peak season” is classed as all of June, July and August 2016, plus every weekend throughout the year.
The top price of a makeover at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, where would-be princesses are transformed by an army of hairdressers, manicurists, makeup artists and stylists into glittery little Disney darlings. That’s ¥2,995, or £320.
The number of bok choy cabbages that catering managers reckon customers will get through in just one year. The majority of restaurants and cafés serve local cuisine with a Disney twist: think dim sum, copious noodles and, er, Mickey Mouse-shaped peking duck pizza.
The number of Disney-themed merchandise items which will be on sale at the park.
The number of people who live within a three-hour train or car journey of Disneyland Shanghai. Between 10 and 12 million people are expected to visit the park in its first year.
The queuing time that some visitors reported at the trial launch of the park earlier this year.
Rather predictably, the number of dwarves you’ll spot on the Snow White-themed Mine Train ride. The Pirates of the Caribbean ride features a Mandarin-speaking Jack Sparrow hologram and real-life sinking ship, and at 175,000 square feet is one of the biggest theme park rides in the world.
The number of people employed at the park. While most of the staff are locals, Western actresses have been flown in to portray most of the Disney princesses.
The size of the current Disneyland Shanghai site – that’s equivalent to eight 18-hole golf courses. Addition parcels of land have already been eyeballed for expansion plans.
The number of plants that landscapers have used in the park’s gardens and flowerbeds.
Source: The Telegraph
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