Visitors are snapping up tickets to the June 16 opening day of Walt Disney Co.’s new theme park in Shanghai, grabbing everything just hours after online booking opened at midnight on Monday.
Tickets from June 17 to Sept. 30 are still available, ranging from 370 yuan (US$57) for non-peak periods, to 499 yuan for peak periods, which include the park’s first two weeks, all weekends, and the summer months of July and August.
The 963-acre park, Disney’s sixth worldwide, is three times the size of Hong Kong Disneyland, with non-peak tickets costing about 20 percent less, Reuters reports.
Chief executive Robert Iger has called the China resort Disney’s greatest opportunity since Walt Disney himself bought land in central Florida in the 1960s.
The company plans to court 330 million Chinese who live within a three-hour train or car trip of Shanghai.
“Relying on the large desire for family-style entertainment and the rising purchasing power of Chinese consumers, Shanghai Disneyland is likely to set off massive consumer demand,” Chang Jiang Securities Co. analyst Li Jin wrote in a note released Monday.
The resort’s revenue is likely to range from 24 billion to 40 billion yuan a year, with up to to 50 million visitors expected annually, Li said.
Shares of Disney-related companies gained in Shanghai trading today as ticket sales began. Shanghai Construction Group Co., which won a bid for Shanghai Disney park’s site formation project, advanced by as much as the 10 percent daily limit, as did Shanghai Jielong Industry Group Corp.
Hotel rooms at Shanghai Disney Resort were also quickly snapped up.
As of noon on Monday, rooms were fully booked at the resort’s two on-site hotels, the Toy Story Hotel and the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, for the first two weeks of the resort’s opening, according to the booking website.
Rooms at the Toy Story Hotel start at 850 yuan while rooms at the Shanghai Disneyland Resort Hotel are priced at about 2,000 yuan.
Shanghai Disney Resort’s ticketing website requires buyers to register their ID numbers upon purchase to prevent ticket scalping.
Walt Disney representatives did not reply to e-mailed questions and phone calls seeking comment.
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