Zootopia Expansion Opens at Shanghai Disneyland December 2023

A Zootopia-themed land is set to open at Shanghai Disneyland on December 20, 2023, bringing guests into the world of the smash hit Disney film. The as-yet-unnamed Zootopia land will be the park’s eighth themed land and second major expansion, following the opening of Toy Story Land in April 2018.

The first-ever Zootopia land in any Disney Park will include an attraction that seamlessly blends Disney storytelling and state-of-the-art technology, bringing the world and characters of the movie to life. The land promises exciting entertainment, merchandise, and casual dining offerings.

Zootopia Land at Shanghai Disneyland

As guests step into the land, they will find themselves instantly enveloped in the world of Zootopia as they walk down Mane Street, the city’s bustling main thoroughfare with storefronts of varying sizes, all leading to the heart of the city – Savannah Central.

Zootopia Mane Street © Disney

The windows of Zootopia Park Apartments will come alive with Zootopia characters appearing within the uniquely designed windows along Mane Street. Guests can encounter characters from the film including Fru Fru and her father Mr. Big, Koslov the polar bear, Flash the sloth, Yax the yak, and the Hopps family. Characters will appear throughout the day, brought to life using advanced puppetry techniques.

Zootopia Streetscape

Guests in the mood for a sweat treat can visit Jumbeaux’s Cafe, an ice cream kiosk directly inspired by the cafe Judy and Nick visit. Guests can enjoy food and beverage offerings inspired by food featured in the film including popsicles, and Clawhauser’s favourite Big Donuts.

Fashions by Fru Fru, owned by resident fashionista, Fru Fru, is located at the entrance of Mane Street. The shop will offer a large range of merchandise including the Zootopia Cute collection featuring headwear, apparel, accessories, and more.

On September 5, 2023, Shanghai Disney Resort released some first-look images within the as-yet-unnamed Zootopia-themed expansion. The photos highlight the insanely high level of detail present in the land. Click each photo to enlarge!

Zootopia: Hot Pursuit (Attraction)

In”Zootopia: Hot Pursuit,” guests are invited to become rookie police officers alongside Officer Judy Hopps and her partner Nick Wilde. The state-of-the-art attraction will see guests join the cop duo on a hot chase on their way to the Zootopia Day concert, featuring headliner Gazelle.

When you walk into the ZPD for orientation, you’ll be greeted by Officer Clawhauser. Suddenly, an alarm sounds and you’ll be whisked away to an emergency briefing delivered by Chief Bogo where you’ll learn that Gazelle has been kidnapped — on the day of the anticipated concert!

Zootopia: Hot Pursuit will see Judy and Nick glide across the icy terrain of Tundra Town, stalk a fugitive through the bustling streets of Sahara Square, experience a heart-pounding close encounter at Mystic Springs Oasis, and take a thrilling plunge from the towering canopies of the Rainforest District.

The attraction features an innovative trackless ride system, with guests boarding their own Zootopia Police vehicles to help save the day!

Zootopia: Hot Pursuit Trackless Ride Vehicle © Disney

Until recently, details on the new attraction were minimal, however, all that changed on September 5 when Shanghai Disney Resort released exciting new concept art, and a look at the state-of-the-art animatronics that will be featured within the headliner attraction!

Officer Clawhauser Animatronic © Disney
Chief Bogo Animatronic © Disney

Concept Art

Shanghai Disney Resort has released a large amount of concept art of the new land featuring landmarks including Zootpia Central Station, Jumbeaux’s Cafe and Mane Street.

D23 Expo 2022 Update

Guests at the 2022 D23 Expo in Anaheim were treated to a sneak peek of exciting new details of the Zootopia expansion, including new concept art, the attraction’s poster, a scale model of the ride vehicle which resembles a Zootopia Police car, and a demonstration of how puppetry will be used to bring characters to life. Disney also showed a video of an animatronic figure of Officer Clawhauser.

Zootopia Puppets at D23 Expo © Disney
Zootopia ride vehicle on display at D23 Expo © Disney
Zootopia display at D23 Expo © Disney

Construction Photos

Shanghai Disney Resort has provided a sneak peek at the upcoming Zootopia-themed land currently under construction at the park. The latest photos offer a look at the growing Savannah Central skyline, featuring two super high-rise buildings being installed on the top of the show building for the land’s major E-ticket attraction. One of the towers is covered with red stripes, inspired by tiger stripes.

Earlier this year, Disney Imagineering provided a sneak peek at two of the animatronic figures set to feature in the untitled Zootopia E-Ticket. Figures include polar bear Kevin and Yax the Yak.

The latest construction photos offer a look at the growing Savannah Central skyline, featuring two super high-rise buildings being installed on the top of the show building for the land’s major E-ticket attraction. One of the towers is covered with red stripes, inspired by tiger stripes.

Former Disney Imagineer, Morgan Lee Richardson has provided his thoughts on the construction, providing a great insider perspective of the project.

Information and images from the Shanghai Disneyland 

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