• Groundbreaking: Toy Story Land is coming to Shanghai Disneyland in 2018.

Groundbreaking: Toy Story Land is coming to Shanghai Disneyland in 2018. (Photo : Disney Parks Blog)

Woody, Buzz Lightyear and other characters from Toy Story will soon come to life in Shanghai Disneyland.

The recent groundbreaking ceremony for the Toy Story Land was attended by Bob Iger, chairman and chief executive officer of Walt Disney Company; Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts; and Fan Xiping, chairman of Shanghai Shendi Group.

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It has only been five months since the opening of Shanghai Disneyland, but an expansion is already on its way. Thanks to the amusement park lovers in China. According to an LA Times report, four million people visited the theme park on its first four months of operation.

According to Disney Parks Blog, the plan for expansion was started as early as before the opening of the theme park last June, and because of the popularity and well reception of Toy Story in China, it became the subject for expansion.

The Shanghai Disney Resort has a Toy Story-themed hotel already, and this is actually the only resort hotel in the world dedicated to the characters and stories from Toy Story.

Chairman Chapek said that the new Toy Story Land will be both authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese. It will feature the backyard of Andy, the boy who owns the toys Woody and Buzz in the movie, and will create a feeling as if the visitors have been shrunk to the size of a toy.

The Toy Story Land, opening in 2018, will be the seventh themed land in Shanghai Disneyland and will be certainly a great place to meet and play with old and new--all favorite--toys.