Disney Shanghai resort vandalised by badly-behaved tourists

  • Crowds gather daily at the theme park, which doesn't open until June 16
  • Visitors were condemned after photos showed 'uncivilised' behaviour
  • One image showed a woman allowing a child to urinate in a flower bed
  • Others showed a vandalised lamp post and rubbish all over the ground 

Badly-behaved tourists have already left their mark at Disney’s new $5.5bn (£3.8bn) theme park in Shanghai, even though it doesn’t officially open for another six weeks.

Visitors have trampled plants, picked flowers, carved graffiti into freshly-painted lamp posts and left bags of rubbish on the grounds.

One woman was photographed allowing a child to urinate in a flower bed in full view of other visitors, who travelled to the park just to hang out around its locked gates and peer into buildings that aren’t open yet.

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One photo posted on social media shows a Disney Shanghai visitor allowing a young girl to urinate in public

One photo posted on social media shows a Disney Shanghai visitor allowing a young girl to urinate in public

Visitors were condemned on social media after rubbish was strewn over the grounds at the weekend

Visitors were condemned on social media after rubbish was strewn over the grounds at the weekend

Photos posted on the social-networking website Weibo show rubbish on the floor of a bathroom

Photos posted on the social-networking website Weibo show rubbish on the floor of a bathroom

Flowers and plants have been tramped by visitors
Visitors have even knocked over signs warning them to stay on the path

With hundreds or even thousands of eager visitors arriving daily, flowers and plants have been trampled

Disney Shanghai Resort doesn't open for another six weeks but that hasn't deterred people from showing up

Disney Shanghai Resort doesn't open for another six weeks but that hasn't deterred people from showing up

Visitors were condemned and called 'uncivilised' after the photos were taken on Sunday, the public May Day (Labour Day) holiday in China, and circulated on the social-networking website Weibo.

Signs warning visitors to stay on concrete paths were knocked over, as the trampled grounds suffered the worst damage.

So many people are visiting the unopened park that staff have been forced to set up fences in front of a village garden outside the gates, the South China Morning Post reported.

Groups of 20 are allowed to take photos for up to three minutes before they are told to move on.  

MailOnline Travel has contacted a Disney spokesperson for contact.

Someone carved graffiti into a freshly-painted lamp post to notify others that he 'was here'

Someone carved graffiti into a freshly-painted lamp post to notify others that he 'was here'

Every day, large crowds hang around outside the locked gates and restaurants that won't open for weeks

Every day, large crowds hang around outside the locked gates and restaurants that won't open for weeks

A crowd gathered at Shanghai Disneyland Resort's locked gates after a metro station opened last month

A crowd gathered at Shanghai Disneyland Resort's locked gates after a metro station opened last month

A visitor wearing a Mickey Mouse glove poses for a photo in front of a building that won't open until mid-June

A visitor wearing a Mickey Mouse glove poses for a photo in front of a building that won't open until mid-June

Even though it won’t open until June 16, Disney’s first theme park in mainland China has already become a top attraction, with crowds gathering almost daily on its grounds following the opening of a nearby metro station last month.

A massive crowd is expected to descend on the 963-acre park when it opens in around a month.

With a giant castle as the centrepiece, the resort includes Shanghai Disneyland, two hotels, shops, restaurants, a theatre and a man-made lake.

The Enchanted Storybook Castle is the tallest, largest and most complex Disney castle ever built

The Enchanted Storybook Castle is the tallest, largest and most complex Disney castle ever built

The resort has a hotel with a Toy Story theme
The resort's other hotel is the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel

There are two hotels at the resort, the Toy Story Hotel (left) and the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel (right)

Visitors will journey through the adventures of Winnie the Pooh and his friends with oversized storybooks

Visitors will journey through the adventures of Winnie the Pooh and his friends with oversized storybooks

A Tron-themed ride where visitors sit on motorbike carriages will be included at Tomorrowland

A Tron-themed ride where visitors sit on motorbike carriages will be included at Tomorrowland

Star Wars fans will be able to meet the movie's characters and villains and look at its intergalactic set pieces

Star Wars fans will be able to meet the movie's characters and villains and look at its intergalactic set pieces

Disney has said it will be a Magic Kingdom-style theme park, combining its classic characters and stories with Chinese culture and themes.

Construction of Shanghai Disney Resort started in April 2011.

The park is owned by Walt Disney Company and the Shanghai Shen Di Group.

Fantasyland will be the largest of all the lands at the resort and home to the Enchanted Storybook Castle

Fantasyland will be the largest of all the lands at the resort and home to the Enchanted Storybook Castle

This rendering shows Treasure Cove, where the Pirates of the Caribbean ride is located

This rendering shows Treasure Cove, where the Pirates of the Caribbean ride is located

Bronze statues of Mickey and Minnie in formal attire will welcome guests to the Shanghai Disney Hotel

Bronze statues of Mickey and Minnie in formal attire will welcome guests to the Shanghai Disney Hotel

The carousel located at Gardens of Imagination will pay homage to the Fantasia film with Pegasus horses

The carousel located at Gardens of Imagination will pay homage to the Fantasia film with Pegasus horses

Testing started taking place a few months ago at the Roaring Rapids, a rafting ride at Adventure Isle

Testing started taking place a few months ago at the Roaring Rapids, a rafting ride at Adventure Isle

 

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