Zootopia at Shanghai Disneyland to Open in December 2023

Shanghai Disneyland Will Open the World’s First ‘Zootopia’ Theme Park

Ready to try everything this animal metropolis has in store for you?

On 20 Dec 2023, Disney’s famous animal paradise —  Zootopia — will come to life at Shanghai Disneyland in Shanghai Disney Resort. Stepping into this Zootopia theme park will definitely be a dream come true for fans of the film, animal lovers, and even avid followers of the Disney parks! 

Excited to find out what awaits you when you visit? Read on for all you need to know about the grand opening of Zootopia at Shanghai Disneyland.

Everything we know so far about Zootopia at Shanghai Disneyland

What’s in store for you?

Step into the whimsical city of Zootopia, which is heavily inspired by the scenes in the 2016 movie. Be prepared to see the film’s iconic Savanna Central skyline that is almost synonymous with the movie itself; the Central Station, where Judy Hopps first finds herself when she gets to Zootopia; as well as the downtown streets of the city where Judy zooms down in her police cart. 

Not to mention, look out for some familiar faces from the movie as you stroll down the streets! Look up at the windows of the Zootopia Park Apartments and watch the city’s residents interact with one another. (And sometimes, with you!)

Those who have watched the movie will definitely feel as if they’ve truly arrived in this bustling city, with the great attention to detail in each building, traffic light, and character animatronic in the park.

Speaking of these animatronics, their almost life-like movements are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the impeccable engineering feats in the park. All the more reason to visit Zootopia at Shanghai Disneyland to appreciate the park’s aesthetics for yourself!

What exciting rides and activities will be there?

Zootopia at Shanghai Disneyland will host one of its fun-filled rides with the opening of Zootopia: Hot Pursuit. This highly anticipated ride is set after the events of the film. It will take you through the various habitats (otherwise known as “districts”) of Zootopia in an action-packed police chase to track down Gazelle in time for her big concert. Thrill-seekers, you won’t want to miss out on this colourful experience of saving the day as a rookie police officer of the Zootopia Police Department.  

What else can you look forward to at the Zootopia theme park?

A visit to Zootopia Shanghai isn’t complete until you’ve had some of the park’s exclusive food and beverages! Head over to Jumbeaux’s Cafe — an ice cream kiosk inspired by the elephant-run cafe in the film — for their adorable fox-paw-shaped popsicles in a vibrant shade of red. 

This refreshing icy Hawthorn berry treat is sweet and tart, making it a perfect thirst quencher! The Jumbo-pop-shaped marshmallow is also worth trying for its addictingly sweet taste and the sheer size it’s served in. 

Plus, you’ll finally be able to try Clawhauser’s (the cheetah officer) favourite treat — The Big Donut. Whether you’re planning on getting one of these exclusive snacks or trying all the kiosk has to offer, definitely do stop by the food kiosk of Zootopia at Shanghai Disneyland when you need a break from all the exciting activities at the park!

And if you don’t stop by the gift shop when you’re there, can you really say you’ve been to Zootopia at Shanghai Disneyland? We’re kidding! (Kind of.) But why not visit Fashions by Fru Fru to see what Fru Fru —  Zootopia’s top fashionista — has curated for the park guests? You’ll notice the shop right at the entrance of the park, with a golden statue of Fru Fru herself, as well as Koslov the polar bear guarding the storefront. Pick out some gifts for your loved ones amongst the various Zootopia-inspired apparel, accessories, and little trinkets! 

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Whether paying a visit to the Happiest Place on Earth (in Shanghai) has been on your bucket list for ages, or if you’re waiting on bated breath for Zootopia at Shanghai Disneyland to finally open its gates; this theme park awaits your arrival! Get ready to try everything the magical metropolitan animal paradise has to offer — from vibrant photo spots to interactive activities and even eye-catching treats!

Featured image credit: Shanghai Disney Resort | Official Website

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Beautrice Oh
Beautrice Oh

Beautrice enjoys exploring new places and jumps at any chance to try something new. She loves learning about different cultures through their food, landmarks, and hidden local spots (if she can find them)! Always enthusiastic for an adventure, she plans itineraries that fully immerse herself in the destination’s culture, and will never forget to bring along her camera to capture the memories.