Posted on 01/04/2016

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Exclusive aerial photos of new Shanghai Disneyland

Tickets for the new Shanghai Disney Resort went on sale this past weekend and sold out almost instantly. From the look of these photos, we aren't surprised...

Final stages of construction

Final stages of construction Xinhua/Barcroft Media

The park can be seen in the final stages of construction, with its impressive 196-foot-tall castle and resort buildings looking spectacular.

Sixth Disney resort in the world

Sixth Disney resort in the world Xinhua/Barcroft Media

The 963-acre Shanghai Disneyland is the company's sixth park worldwide.

Chinese culture

Chinese culture Xinhua/Barcroft Media

The park has promised to pay homage to traditional Chinese culture as well as showcasing Disney's favourite films.

Attract locals

Attract locals Xinhua/Barcroft Media

The company hopes to attract the 330million Chinese who reside within a three-hour train or car trip of Shanghai.

Celebrating its completion

Celebrating its completion AP

The idea of creating a park in mainland China has been planned since the 1990s with the park eventually given the go ahead in 2011.

Treasure Cove

Treasure Cove Shanghai Disney Resort

Treasure Cove is the first pirate-themed land at a Disney park, created especially for Shanghai Disneyland. A new take on the exsisting boat ride will see guests spin and swirl to synchronised music, and encounter pirates, mermaids and a kraken. Meanwhile, there will also be a live stage show where Captain Jack Sparrow shows off his swordfighting skills..

Fantasia carousel

Fantasia carousel Shanghai Disney Resort

In the park there is set to be the first carousel in a Disney park that features the symphonic music and mythical creatures from the Disney film Fantasia.

Chinese Winnie the Pooh

Chinese Winnie the Pooh Shanghai Disney Resort

Visitors will journey through the adventures of Pooh and his friends with oversized storybooks telling the story in Chinese.

Star Wars Launch Bay

Star Wars Launch Bay Shanghai Disney Resort

Star Wars Launch Bay will be a celebration of the Star Wars Galaxy, where guests will meet heroes and villains of the saga, visit iconic intergalactic set-pieces, view props and memorabilia from the most recent Episode, and be immersed in the Skywalker story through a cinematic experience.

Fantasyland

Fantasyland Shanghai Disney Resort

Fantasyland will be the largest of all the lands in Shanghai Disney Resort and home to the Enchanted Storybook Castle.

Where it all began

Where it all began DISNEYLAND

The opening of the first Disney park, Disneyland in California, with a gigantic castle and 160-acres of rides and entertainment, pictured two months before it opened in 1955.

The latest Disney resort in Shanghai is in the final stages of construction and set to open its doors on June 16 this year. These aerial photos give an exclusive look at the 3.8 billion park, which covers 963 acres of land in east China, from above.

Tickets for the opening day went on sale this past weekend and sold out within hours of being listed on the company's official ticketing website. According to the site, all rooms are fully booked at the Toy Story Hotel and the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel for the first two weeks.

Despite being eight times bigger than the 126-acre Hong Kong park, Shanghai is supposedly the cheapest of all the Disneyland resorts. Off-peak tickets will cost visitors 39 and rise to a maximum of 51 during peak times.

The park will feature six themed lands, packed full of many record breaking and pioneering family attractions and live entertainment offerings which celebrate Disney's new films as well as the originals. The centrepiece of the resort, the Enchanted Storybook Castle is the largest, tallest and most complex castle in the six Disney venues.

Officials expect that the park will draw crowds of around 17 million per year and to widen its appeal, the park isn't limiting its target audience to small children. Big kids, you'll want to check this out too...