Celebrate A “Year of Magical Surprises” During Shanghai Disney Resort’s 5th Anniversary

On June 16, 2016, Shanghai Disney Resort opened its gates bringing the wonder and imagination of Disney in magical new ways to new audiences and regions. 

One DAPS MAGIC Team Member was so excited for this new Disney Park that he had to be there! Murray visited Shanghai Disney Resort for the opening, and still talks about his experience and adventures from that visit!

And in the nearly five years since, the resort has become one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world – featuring innovative experiences, new lands, stories and characters that continue to attract new and returning guests every day across China and beyond.

As Shanghai Disney Resort prepares to celebrate its milestone fifth anniversary get ready for a “Year of Magical Surprises!” Starting April 8, the Resort will be celebrating with an exciting lineup of exclusive experiences and sensational surprises across Shanghai Disneyland, the resort’s two themed hotels, Disneytown and beyond.

From a breathtaking nighttime spectacular, “ILLUMINATE! A Nighttime Celebration,” to an anniversary-themed overlay to Mickey’s Storybook Express pre-parade, there are new experiences and surprises around every corner.


Each beautifully themed land will be illuminated, while fifth anniversary decorations line the streets of Mickey Avenue. Heard throughout the park, new soundtracks will additionally bring the celebrations to life and a collection of limited-edition souvenirs will allow guests to bring home lasting memories. You’ll also want to look out for a fifth anniversary makeover on the resort’s two hotels and Disneytown.

The surprises don’t stop there. Get ready for a warm greeting from your favorite Disney characters, joined by familiar, but rarely seen friends for an extra sprinkling of unexpected magic. 

If you remember the “Dream Squad” at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts during the “Year Of A Million Dreams” from October 2006 through December 2008, a similar experience and Cast called the “Surprise Squad” will also appear throughout the day. 

They will be greeting guests and unveiling exciting additional wonders, including fun souvenirs and opportunities to be invited to the Disney “Surprise!” Show for a chance to win an exclusive VIP treatment and other prizes.

As the resort raises the curtain on this milestone, more surprises are in store so keep checking DAPS MAGIC as more magic is announced.