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Shanghai Disney Resort Celebrates Grand Opening

Shanghai Disney Resort Celebrates Grand Opening

Shanghai Disney Resort, the first Disney resort in Mainland China and the sixth worldwide, has celebrated its historic Grand Opening, culminating one of Disney’s most ambitious projects ever.

Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive, The Walt Disney Company, celebrated the opening of the vacation destination with thousands of distinguished guests, celebrities and Chinese officials. “The grand opening of Shanghai Disney Resort is a celebration of creativity and collaboration, a triumph of imagination and innovation, and a testament to the strong partnership between Disney and China. Together we have created an extraordinary destination, a magical place unique in all the world, where East meets West, the past meets the future, and anything is possible for those who believe. It is our sincere hope that this spectacular place will inspire wonder and create joy for the people of China for generations to come.”

SHANGHAI (June 16, 2016) – Thousands of invited guests celebrated the Grand Opening of Shanghai Disney Resort today with the help of a flood of Shanghai Disney cast members and Disney character friends. Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company joined Chinese CPC Politburo members Wang Yang, State Council Vice Premier, and Han Zheng, Party Secretary of Shanghai, to officially open the resort’s new theme park, Shanghai Disneyland, at the iconic Enchanted Storybook Castle. At the dedication ceremony, six performers wearing enormous, colorful flags represented the six lands of Shanghai Disneyland: Adventure Isle, Gardens of Imagination, Fantasyland, Mickey Avenue, Tomorrowland and Treasure Cove. Shanghai Disney Resort is a world-class family entertainment destination, imagined and created especially for the people of China. The resort consists of Shanghai Disneyland, a theme park with magical experiences for guests of all ages; two richly themed hotels; Disneytown, an international shopping, dining and entertainment district; and Wishing Star Park, a recreational area with peaceful gardens and a glittering lake. Shanghai Disney Resort is a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and Shanghai Shendi Group comprised of two owner companies (Shanghai International Theme Park Company Limited and Shanghai International Theme Park Associated Facilities Company Limited) and a management company (Shanghai International Theme Park and Resort Management Company Limited). (Todd Anderson, photographer)

SHANGHAI (June 16, 2016) – Thousands of invited guests celebrated the Grand Opening of Shanghai Disney Resort today with the help of a flood of Shanghai Disney cast members and Disney character friends. Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company joined Chinese CPC Politburo members Wang Yang, State Council Vice Premier, and Han Zheng, Party Secretary of Shanghai, to officially open the resort’s new theme park, Shanghai Disneyland, at the iconic Enchanted Storybook Castle. At the dedication ceremony, six performers wearing enormous, colorful flags represented the six lands of Shanghai Disneyland: Adventure Isle, Gardens of Imagination, Fantasyland, Mickey Avenue, Tomorrowland and Treasure Cove. Shanghai Disney Resort is a world-class family entertainment destination, imagined and created especially for the people of China. The resort consists of Shanghai Disneyland, a theme park with magical experiences for guests of all ages; two richly themed hotels; Disneytown, an international shopping, dining and entertainment district; and Wishing Star Park, a recreational area with peaceful gardens and a glittering lake. Shanghai Disney Resort is a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and Shanghai Shendi Group comprised of two owner companies (Shanghai International Theme Park Company Limited and Shanghai International Theme Park Associated Facilities Company Limited) and a management company (Shanghai International Theme Park and Resort Management Company Limited). (Todd Anderson, photographer)

The Grand Opening ceremony marked the moment with music, pageantry and a stream of Disney characters, from Mickey Mouse and Snow White to Baymax and Jack Sparrow, in front of the iconic Enchanted Storybook Castle. A multi-generational choir performed a unique version of the Disney song, ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’, arranged in a Chinese style. The ceremony also featured six performers holding enormous, brightly coloured fans to represent the six lands of Shanghai Disneyland. 

The three-day Grand Opening event also included two red-carpet occasions: a premiere of the first Mandarin production of The Lion King, now showing at the Walt Disney Grand Theatre, and a gala concert with celebrity performers at Evergreen Playhouse in Shanghai Disneyland.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 52 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 42 years.

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