If you were hoping to visit Shanghai Disneyland on one of its first three opening days, you may already be too late, unless you are willing to pay a premium.
Tickets for Shanghai Disneyland went on sale at midnight yesterday and promptly sold out for opening day in just around five minutes, as the huge number of hopeful tourists crashed the official website multiple times. At this time, the second and third days of the park’s opening have also become unavailable.
Well, at least through official means, as the tremendous excitement over the mainland’s first Disneyworld has created a golden opportunity for scalpers. According to SCMP, sellers are offering tickets for the park’s opening days at a significant mark up on Taobao, with prices as high as 3,400 yuan.
However, Shanghai Disney has warned visitors to only buy tickets through official channels. Tickets must be matched to an ID card, so it’s unclear how scalpers will get over this hurdle, but where there is money, there’s a way.
Additionally, the resort’s two on-site hotels, the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and the Toy Story Hotel, are already fully-booked for the park’s two-week opening ceremony festivities.
It seems that, even before officially opening, Shanghai Disney is well on its way to making its projected $24 billion a year in profit. Tickets for the park are the cheapest in the world, with regular pricing set at 370 yuan ($57) and peak pricing at 499 yuan. Prices during the grand opening period (June 16-30) will be 499 yuan, if you’re lucky.