Disney Launches World’s First ‘Zootopia’ Themed Land in China

(Bloomberg) -- Walt Disney Co. is set to open the world’s first Zootopia land at Shanghai Disneyland Resort as the entertainment giant expands its global theme park footprint and taps into surging demand in China for domestic travel.

The new attraction, based on the popular animated comedy-adventure of the same name, will open on Dec. 20 and feature iconic landmarks from the film and themed restaurants. One of the top draw cards is the ‘Hot Pursuit’ ride, which sees visitors join Officer Judy Hopps and her partner, Nick Wilde, on a police chase to track down kidnapped pop star Gazelle.

It’s the second major themed land launched in quick succession by Disney, following the world’s first Frozen attraction that opened in Hong Kong in November. They’re part of a push to make more of the firm’s theme park and resorts business, with plans to nearly double spending on the segment to $60 billion over 10 years amid major changes in the film and TV industry as well as challenges for its streaming business.