Shanghai Disneyland website temporarily down due to overcrowded booking visits
Shanghai Disneyland website temporarily breaks down as customers snap up tickets for the opening day on June 16, and new travel packages and scalpers are spured in the meantime.
Enthusiastic customers snapped up the first batch of tickets in just five minutes on Monday for the opening day of the Shanghai Disneyland on June 16, temporarily crashing the official website.
A statement issued by the Shanghai Disney Resort said it had received warm feedback since it started selling tickets online at 12:01 am on Monday.
Disney Resort's flagship store on Alitrip, one of its authorized ticket-selling websites, also sold out standard admission tickets and two-day tickets that include the opening day.
According to Alitrip, more than 20,000 tickets were sold in 30 minutes. By 4 pm on Monday, the Alitrip store had seen 35,332 transactions of one-day tickets and 12,294 two-day tickets were sold.
Meanwhile, hotels at the resort are also open to bookings, with rooms at the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel starting from 1,650 yuan ($254) and those at the Toy Story Hotel priced at 850 yuan.
Admission charges for The Lion King, the musical at the resort, range from 290 yuan to 1,000 yuan.
New travel packages that include a visit to the Shanghai park have been introduced by booking platforms in the country while scalpers have hiked up ticket prices to the theme park to 1,000 yuan (about $150), the Modern Express reported.
Travel agencies are more willing to promote "package" travel products, rather than simply selling tickets for the theme park, the newspaper reported.
Shanghai Disney Resort is expected to receive more than 10 million visitors a year, or about 27,000 a day, according to Shanghai Shendi Group, which set up the joint venture with The Walt Disney Co to form Shanghai Disney Resort.