Shanghai Disney Resort’s 5th Birthday “Year of Magical Surprises” Celebration Officially Begins with Spectacular New Nighttime Show

SHANGHAI, April 8, 2021 — With a brand-new look, breathtaking fireworks, new and updated parade floats, and exciting surprises around every corner, Shanghai Disney Resort today launched its year-long 5th Birthday Celebration, bringing together guests, Cast Members and Disney friends to commemorate this unforgettable milestone. In celebration of the “Year of Magical Surprises,” starting today, guests visiting Shanghai Disney Resort will encounter an exciting lineup of exclusive experiences that will immerse them in the infinite wonder and imagination of Disney in magical, new ways. From new celebratory decorations creating an idyllic backdrop for a picture with friends, to exciting entertainment shows, must-have merchandise, and delicious food and beverage items, there’s even more than ever before for guests to enjoy as part of a 5th Birthday visit to Shanghai Disney Resort!

Thrilling Festivities Deliver a Fresh New Look
Upon arriving at Shanghai Disney Resort, guests can discover a revamped world of fantasy and joy, complete with 5th Birthday-themed décor, magical festivities, hidden surprises, new character costumes and more!

5th Birthday-themed celebratory decorations along Mickey Avenue wowed guests as they stepped into Shanghai Disneyland
Beloved Disney Characters dressed in all-new outfits custom-made for Shanghai Disney Resort’s 5th Birthday stood on the park’s Entry Portal, welcoming guests to the grand celebration
Disney dancers in their bright new costumes warmly greeted guests as they fully immersed themselves in the resort’s festive atmosphere
A 5th Birthday pre-parade wound its way along the longest Disney parade route in the world, followed by Mickey’s Storybook Express, featuring an all-new birthday overlay
Shanghai Disney Resort launched over 200 amazing 5th Birthday souvenirs, including a range of exciting limited-edition items, enabling guests to take home a cherished keepsake with each visit
The resort’s restaurants have been filled to bursting with delicious new snacks, treats, meals and delicacies, keeping guests happy and full of energy during every moment of their celebrations
Disneytown and the resort’s two themed hotels also joined in on the celebrations with 5th Birthday-themed decorations and fun activities

Premiere of the New Nighttime Spectacular Captivates Guests
As night fell across Shanghai Disneyland, guests gathered in front of the Enchanted Storybook Castle to enjoy the premiere performance of the all-new nighttime spectacular – ILLUMINATE! A Nighttime Celebration. Featuring cutting-edge technology, exciting Disney storytelling and a wholly immersive new experience throughout the Gardens of Imagination, the new show made the tallest, largest, and most interactive Disney castle in the world sparkle like never before in honor of the resort’s 5th Birthday Celebration.

Stunning new effects brought the park to life at night, while Marvel Heroes and other beloved Disney characters sparked wonder in the hearts of guests who were truly immersed in the all-new show

Encounter Magical Surprises Around Every Corner
With surprises tucked away across each of Shanghai Disneyland’s seven themed lands, including a whole host of vouchers, prizes, autographs and more, every guest will be able to discover a new surprise from the moment they step into Shanghai Disneyland as part of a 5th Birthday visit!

Featuring numerous beloved Disney Characters, the newly designed 5th Birthday Celebration park tickets are set to deliver a unique surprise with each visit. Guests who collect the entire set of 15 tickets can also combine them for a colorful souvenir compilation
Guests can “Tap for a Magical Surprise” on the resort’s official app to win a special prize upon entering Shanghai Disneyland
Lucky guests were invited to the specially designed Disney “Surprise!” Show performed on the Pepsi∙E-stage in Tomorrowland to win incredible prizes
A grand prize – the “Magical Star of the Day” – was presented to the luckiest guest, who received a “Golden Key” that allowed them and their party to enjoy a series of exclusive new offerings at Mickey’s Magical Star Lounge – located at the park’s prestigious Club 33

Celebrating Opening Day Together with Fans and Guests
In celebration of the resort’s 5th Birthday Celebration, a Fan-tastic Event was also held earlier today at Adventure Isle’s Storyhouse Stage. Joe Schott, President and General Manager of Shanghai Disney Resort, along with other resort executives and Cast Member representatives, celebrated the start of the year-long festivities with hundreds of invited Disney fans, distinguished guests and partners.

Disney chefs, including Chef Donald, shared just a few of the food and beverage highlights that await guests as part of a 5th Birthday visit to Shanghai Disney Resort
The resort’s merchandise team has introduced exclusive merchandise items from the 5th Birthday Celebration collections alongside Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck
Guests were taken on a behind-the-scenes video tour of the making of “Illuminate! A Nighttime Celebration” featuring Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige, as well as a surprise appearance by Iron Man and other Avengers on stage

At the end of the event, pop singer Liu Yuning made a surprise appearance, performing the Mandarin version of the resort’s 5th Birthday theme song “Magical Surprise” alongside Mickey Mouse and his pals as well as Duffy and Friends, bringing the event to a magical conclusion. Earlier today, Liu Yuning also made a surprise appearance during the premiere of the 5th Birthday pre-parade, hosting a flash dance along to the new theme song.

Liu Yuning performed “Magical Surprise” on stage
Liu Yuning making a surprise appearance during the 5th Birthday pre-parade, encouraging guests to dance along to the theme song as the parade passed by

Since opening its gates on June 16, 2016, Shanghai Disney Resort has become one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, bringing magic to life for tens of millions of guests from both home and abroad. The ongoing year-long 5th Birthday Celebration will create more magic and excitement than ever before, escalating the guest experience to all new heights and creating even more unforgettable memories for guests to enjoy.

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