It is indeed a magical day for Shanghai Disneyland as they are kicking off their 5th anniversary celebration today!
To celebrate, they are kicking things off with a brand new breathtaking nighttime show, “ILLUMINATE! A Nighttime Celebration.” State-of-the-art technology is woven into a performance of light and shadow, creating a magical dream of the light inside of you. The show utilizes projection mapping, pyro, flames, fountains, lasers, and lighting to give you a fully immersive experience.
Joe Schott, president and general manager of Shanghai Disney Resort, has stated:
“For our 5th Birthday Celebration, we wanted to create an exceptional experience for our guests to thank them for making our first five years so memorable. The new nighttime spectacular leveraged the talent of over 70 Disney experts and consultants from eight countries, employed some of the world’s advanced technologies, and incorporated some of our most beloved stories to create a truly immersive and magical conclusion to a day at Shanghai Disneyland.”
And that’s not all Insiders!
New soundtracks will additionally bring the celebrations to life in each themed land. The characters will also join in the celebrations with all-new celebratory costumes! Check out how amazing they all look!
Per the Disney Parks Blog, an all-new Surprise Squad formed by Cast Members will also appear throughout the day, 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. The Surprise Squad’s costumes incorporate a confetti pattern to emphasize the party atmosphere and specially designed straw hats featuring iconic Mickey ears.
Starting today there is also all new 5th anniversary merchandise including plush, headwear, apparel, collectibles, home décor, pins, and toys! According to Attractions Magazine, this anniversary collection will feature plush toys, collectible figures, fashionable accessories, and a special 5th Birthday edition of the guest-favorite Magic Passport, allowing Guests to explore the park in exciting new ways as they seek out official Shanghai Disneyland stamps.
And we must not forget about the 5th birthday treats! According to Attractions Magazine, there will be new and exclusive ice cream options will be introduced at Shanghai Disneyland, including an apple and vanilla ice cream sundae, a frozen pineapple and vanilla ice cream cone, and a sea-salted cheese and vanilla ice cream cone. Plus, new Disney character-inspired selections, including an ‘Olu Mel apple-flavored ice cream cone and a Stella Lou peach-flavored ice cream cone, will also be available for guests to enjoy during the summer!
I don’t know about you Insiders, but all this makes me want to hop on a plane and head over to join in the birthday celebrations asap!
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