Around 960,000 people have visited Shanghai Disneyland so far, which seems like a pretty good number considering that it isn’t even technically open yet.
On April 26th, the Shanghai Disney metro station finally opened, tourists responded by flocking by the thousands to the unopened park to stand outside the gates and buy up souvenirs. Things got even more insane over the May Day holiday when tens of thousands of tourist trashed the place. Then, on May 7th, Disneyland began its trial operation, opening its doors to staff members and their families, as well as special partners.
In those 23 days, Shanghai Disneyland welcomed 960,000 visitors with 110,000 of those coming on May 1st, Shanghai Daily reports.
Of course, maybe all these people are just being pragmatic, the park opens to the masses on June 16th, but tickets for the first two weeks have reportedly already been snapped up, probably by some jerk kid. (Well, actually tickets during that time seem available online to us, but who are we to argue.)
During the trial operation, visitors have voiced complaints: too crowded, high food prices, can’t take balloons on the metro, you know, the usual stuff. However, directors say that overall the park is running smoothly with only just over 100 problems in four main categories that need to be addressed.
“The problems are mainly with the traffic facilities and management, safety standards and law enforcement abilities, as well as emergency plans to handle big crowds and guest services,” Liu Zhengyi, the executive deputy director of the zone’s management committee, told a press conference yesterday. Sounds like no biggie to us.
By the end of this year, Shanghai Disneyland projects it will welcome 15 million visitors. If you’d rather just sit this one out, you can check out some park pics below: