Shanghai Disney Resort 5th Birthday Celebrations

Shanghai Disney Resort will on June 16 celebrate its 5th anniversary this year. To celebrate this milestone, the resort has some new experiences lined up for its guests.

Disney Characters Dress for the Occasion

As hosts of the “Year of Magical Surprises” birthday celebration, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and other Disney Characters will be dressed in all-new outfits welcoming guests to the party. Custom-made for Shanghai Disney Resort’s 5th Birthday, their new looks capture the essence of the grand celebration. Many rarely seen Disney Characters will also make surprise appearances in the park throughout the year, providing an extra sprinkling of Disney magic for guests.

Surprise Squad

In the park, a Surprise Squad comprised of Cast Members will appear at different times and locations throughout the day, randomly greeting guests and unveiling additional exciting surprises, including birthday souvenirs or an opportunity to be invited to the specially designed Disney “Surprise!” Show – performed up to four times per day on the Pepsi∙E-stage in Tomorrowland. These lucky guests will be able to spin the “Disney Surprise Wheel” during the show and win an incredible prize such as a 37-inch StellaLou Plush, a dining experience at the Royal Banquet Hall, hotel stays, park tickets, Annual Passes and much more.

On most days during the celebration, a grand prize – the “Magical Star of the Day” – may be presented to one guest among those in the show, who will receive a “Golden Key” that allows the guest and their party onsite (up to four) to enjoy a series of exclusive new offerings at Mickey’s Magical Star Lounge – located at the park’s prestigious Club 33.

New nighttime spectacular: ILLUMINATE

With brand-new content, amazing storytelling, and some of the world’s most cutting-edge technology, this all-new nighttime spectacular is a highlight of the resort’s 5th Birthday Celebrations. Presented on the world’s largest and tallest Disney castle, ILLUMINATE! will spark wonder and joy in the hearts and imaginations of guests of all ages as it lights up the night in celebration.

ILLUMINATE will replace the nighttime spectacular Ignite the Dream – A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light.

A fresh new look for Mickey’s Storybook Express

For the resort’s celebrations Mickey’s Storybook Express will be preceded by a 5th Birthday pre-parade, featuring an all-new three-layer birthday cake float that rises over four meters tall – Disney Surprise Cake Float.

The parade itself will get an all-new birthday overlay, with each parade float featuring hidden 5th Birthday elements for guests to discover as the procession winds its way along the longest Disney parade route in the world. Special celebratory bunting and “5” icons will also be added to the opening float, Casey Jr., ridden by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, followed by a train car for Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale. The decor will also feature on the finale float that features Duffy and his friends.


A 5th Birthday only rolls around once in a lifetime, and as part of the resort’s year- long celebrations, guests will be able to immortalize their trip to Shanghai Disney Resort by taking home a selection of over 200 amazing 5th Birthday souvenirs, including a range of exciting limited-edition items.

See this page for all the merchandise photos.

Snacks, treats and meals

Each birthday celebration needs its own food, and Shanghai Disney will bring several new menu items. From Asian cuisine and Western fare, to seasonal specialties, and a spectacular selection of ice cream, so many delicious options await to help keep guests happy and full of energy during every moment of their celebrations!

See this page for all the food and beverage items.

Dazzling new look for the entire resort

The celebrations don’t just stop at Disneyland. The resort’s two hotels and Disneytown will join in the birthday fun and will be receiving a magical makeover.

Unlock surprises through the app

Guests who use the resort’s app will be able to unlock prices right from their phones. Shanghai Disney Resort’s official app will soon debut a new look with its icon featuring its 5th Birthday logo, and starting April 8, an all- new “Tap for a Magical Surprise” feature will allow guests to enter into a digital lucky draw to win a special prize upon entering the theme park.

From digital autographs from one of your favorite Disney friends and dining and merchandise vouchers for popular offers, to priority access to popular attractions and reserved viewing areas for world-class live entertainment, there’s a surprise in store for everyone during Shanghai Disneyland’s 5th Birthday Celebrations!

New Resort Soundtrack

No birthday anniversary is complete without a soundtrack. The resort will receive a new soundtrack with sings which will complete the daytime and evening entertainment. From all-new compositions, to fresh takes on Disney classics, the new high-energy songs are sure to get guests in the spirit of the celebration. Listen to the Magical Surprise song.

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