When Disney’s animation film hit of “Zootopia” that was released in 2016 and fans of the film wanted it to become adapted towards the Disney Parks. Even though some fans were speculating it would come towards Disney’s Animal Kingdom but, that didn’t seem to be the case. Last year there was rumor that was thought to be dead for the IP coming towards Shanghai Disneyland that was reported couple months ago, last year.
The rumored lands from the film, that were being reported for the expansion at the park from the neighborhood areas were; Sahara Square, Tundratown, Little Rodentia, Rainforest District, and Downtown. In the film of “Zootopia” in which of each of the neighborhoods represents a different ecosystem of where the all the different species of animals live in.
Now Disney has officially drop the news and has officially confirmed that “Zootopia” is making its way for an expansion coming towards Shanghai Disneyland. This will be the second major expansion since the resort opened up in the summer of 2016 and the eighth themed land, and the first-ever “Zootopia”-themed land within a Disney Park.
Artist Concept Only for the “Zootopia” expansion coming to Shanghai Disneyland. Source: (©Disney)
Here’s what Disney had to say about the expansion:
“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.”
Now the question you might be asking is why Shanghai Disneyland and not any of the other Disney Parks? When the film was released in 2016, it shattered box office records with a $235,591,257 gross in China and became the country’s No. 1 animated film in history. Also to include its domestic gross of $341,268,248 after its theatrical run that factored in DVD/Blu-Ray sales as well.
No official opening date for the expansion but, construction is expected to start this year and stayed tuned for more updates at a later given time.
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