You may have heard about Disneyland Paris, but did you know there are other Disney Parks across the globe you can visit on your travels? Continue reading to discover how and where you can access these family fun resorts.
Located in Chuansha New Town, Pudong, Shanghai, China, the park opened on June 16, 2016. It currently has seven themed areas: Mickey Avenue, Gardens of Imagination, Fantasyland, Treasure Cove, Adventure Isle, Tomorrowland, and Toy Story Land.
According to the International Business Times (IBT), the equivalent of park ticket pricing will cost about US$75 for adults and US$60 for children on holidays and weekends, and around US$60 for adults and US$45 for children on weekdays.
Mickey Avenue, the entrance of the park, is the park’s equivalent to Main Street, U.S.A.
Gardens of Imagination features Chinese gardens with each of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac represented by Disney characters.
Treasure Cove is an ode to Pirates of the Caribbean.
Adventure Isle is the equivalent to Adventureland.
Tomorrowland is the future-themes area with a Tron themed indoor rollercoaster, Star Wars Launch Bay, and Buzz Lightyear ride.
And Toy Story Land is…well, pretty self explanatory!
Hong Kong Disneyland opened in 2005 and is located on reclaimed land in Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island. It is the largest theme park in Hong Kong.
The park has a daily capacity of 34,000 visitors which is the lowest of all Disneyland parks.
The park has seven themed areas: Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, and Toy Story Land.The park is constructing a Frozen themed area as well as a Marvel themed area.
Disneyland Paris is an entertainment resort in Chessy, France (east of Paris), opened in 1992 and then a second park, Walt Disney Studios Park, opened in 2002. It’s the only international Disney Park that is completely owned by Disney and it’s the most visited theme park in all of Europe. After the first overseas Disney Park in Tokyo showed success, Disney decided to expand to Europe and ended up having to choose between Spain and France, but ultimately decided on France. The hotel resorts at Disney are all American-themed. By 2005, Disneyland Paris had become the #1 tourist destination in Europe.
Tokyo Disney Resort is located in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, near Tokyo. Opposite to Paris, this is the only international Disney Park not operated by The Walt Disney Company, surprisingly! It’s also the first Disney theme park to be built overseas as previously stated. Tokyo Disney Resort consists of Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, and Ikspiari, which is the equivalent to Disney Springs. There is a new part of the park being built called Fantasy Springs, set to open in 2023, which features themes from Frozen, Tangled and Peter Pan.
The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California was directly built and supervised under Walt Disney himself and opened in 1955. Disney’s original plans to build in Burbank were too small, and are now the Walt Disney Animation Studios and ABC Studios sites. And so the area we know today in Anaheim was born to be the first ever Disneyland. The park opened with Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland, and has since added New Orleans Square in 1966, Bear Country (now known as Critter Country) in 1972, and Mickey’s Toontown in 1993, and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in 2019.
The Walt Disney World Resort, also known as Disney World, is located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States, near Orlando, which opened in 1971. Disney World was designed by Walt Disney in the 1960s after the success of Disneyland. “The Florida Project”, as it was known, was intended to present a distinct vision with its own set of attractions. Walt Disney’s original plans included the “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow”. What we know as EPCOT was planned to serve as a community intended to serve as a testbed for new city-living innovations. Walt Disney died in 1966, during the initial planning of EPCOT, but Walt’s older brother, Roy O. Disney came out of retirement to make sure Walt’s biggest dream transpired.
The Magic Kingdom was the first theme park to open in the complex, in 1971, followed by Epcot (1982), Disney’s Hollywood Studios (1989), and Disney’s Animal Kingdom (1998). In 2018, Walt Disney World was the most visited vacation resort in the world, with an average annual attendance of more than 58 million.
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