PHOTOS: Shanghai Disneyland’s Zootopia-themed land goes vertical with first steel column

Development on the new Zootopia-themed land at Shanghai Disneyland hit a new milestone this week, as the first steel column was installed—commencing vertical construction.


Per Disney tradition, prior to installation, the first steel column was signed by leaders and representatives from Shanghai Disney Resort, the Administrative Commission of Shanghai International Resort, Shanghai Shendi Group, and Walt Disney Imagineering.


“Today’s Zootopia construction milestone brings us another step closer to the beloved Zootopia story and characters coming to life in Shanghai,” said Joe Schott, president and general manager of Shanghai Disney Resort. “We are always looking for new ways to delight and entertain our guests here in Shanghai with unique Disney storytelling and magical experiences. This steel column installed today is an integral part of our new land which is sure to offer incredible adventures to our guests for years to come. We have every confidence in our continued success and we are looking forward to creating even more excitement and bringing many more unique Disney stories to our guests.”

Since construction began on the land in December 2019, the land has already seen many milestones, including the commencement and completion of piling work earlier this year. This helps strengthen the foundations of the buildings that will line the streets of Zootopia.


As the first-ever Zootopia-themed land at any Disney Park, and the eighth themed land at Shanghai Disneyland, this new land will fully immerse guests in the animal-filled metropolis from the film. Guests will find new entertainment, merchandise, food and beverage offerings, and a new major attraction that combines Disney’s storytelling with state-of-the-art technologies to bring this fan-favorite film and its characters to life.

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