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How Shanghai Disneyland’s tickets will cost more (and less) than Hong Kong’s

Peak adult ticket to theme park, which opens on June 16, is HK$590 per day, but HK$438 at other times, while general adult entry to Hong Kong Disneyland costs HK$539 and HK$434 at Tokyo Disneyland

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 February, 2016, 4:44pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 February, 2016, 10:00pm

Adult tickets at Shanghai Disneyland will be more expensive than at its counterpart in Hong Kong during peak times, such as weekends and holidays, but cheaper during other periods.

Entry to the Shanghai park during public holidays, summer holidays and weekends will cost 499 yuan (HK$590) per day, and 370 yuan (HK$438) per day at other times, with discounted prices for children, the elderly and disabled, Shanghai Disney Resort said yesterday.

Adult general admission tickets for Hong Kong Disneyland cost HK$539 per day, with a children’s ticket costing HK$385; a one-day adult ticket for Tokyo Disneyland costs 6,900 yen (HK$434).

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Tickets for the Shanghai theme park, Walt Disney’s sixth in the world, will go on sale to the public from March 28.  The park is scheduled to open on June 16.

A ticket will provide admission to all of the park’s activities and attractions.

The two ticket options were meant to “help spread visits throughout the year”, said the park, which was expecting “extraordinary demand”.

The park will limit the maximum number of guests allowed in the park at any one time – a practice common to all Disney parks.

Described as “distinctly Chinese”, the Shanghai Disneyland will feature Shanghai-style Shikumen architecture and a garden mosaic depicting the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac using Disney characters.

Its themed areas will include Adventure Isle, Fantasyland (which will feature an Alice in Wonderland maze and a Seven Dwarfs mine train), the Gardens of Imagination, Tomorrowland ( featuring a Buzz Lightyear planet rescue ride), and Treasure Cove (featuring a Pirates of the Caribbean themed ride). There will also be areas dedicated to Marvel and Star Wars.

It will feature musical parades featuring Disney characters, a sing-along celebration with Frozen characters, a stunt show featuring Pirates’ Captain Jack Sparrow, and a variety of shops and restaurants.

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All tickets will be date-specific and valid only for the date purchased, the company said.

The price of admission during the theme park’s grand opening period, from June 16 to 30 when demand is expected to be high, will be at the peak rate of 499 yuan.

A 25 per cent discount will be offered to children no taller than 1.4 metres, elderly people aged 65 or above and visitors with disabilities. Children shorter than 1 metre tall will receive free admission.

A two-day ticket for the theme park will be available at a 5 per cent discount.

Leona Liu, 31, a mother in Beijing, said prices for the Shanghai park were more expensive than she expected.

She said a two-day ticket for Hong Kong Disneyland, at HK$739, was “much more reasonable” than the Shanghai one.

A spokeswoman at Hong Kong Disneyland said the two parks had “different sources of customers”, adding that one-third of customers at the Hong Kong park were from Southeast Asia.

“The theme park industry in Asia is continuing to grow rapidly and China is large enough to support two resorts, which are complementary and have their own characteristics and attractions,” she said.

Joseph Tung Yiu-chung, executive director at the Hong Kong Travel Industry Council said the price differences would not have much impact on Hong Kong’s tourism, as Shanghai Disneyland mainly targeted customers in central China. “An Indian won’t choose Shanghai Disneyland [over Hong Kong Disneyland] out of the blue,” Tung said.

Cinda International associate director Hayman Chiu agreed the price difference was unlikely to affect people’s travel decisions.