Shanghai Disney Resort Opens in Mainland China

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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 (right) joined Chinese CPC Politburo members Wang Yang, State Council Vice Premier (middle), and Han Zheng, Party Secretary of Shanghai (left), 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). (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

“This is one of the proudest and most exciting moments in the history of The Walt Disney Company,” said Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger on stage at the Grand Opening ceremony of Shanghai Disney Resort on Thursday, June 16.

The grand opening included Wang Yang, the vice premier of China, who read a letter from Chinese President Xi Jinping. and other Chinese dignitaries, Disney executives and thousands of guests.  Bob Iger also read a letter from President Obama during the grand opening celebration.

More than 60 years after the opening of Disneyland, the company is celebrating the opening of one of its most technologically innovative theme parks they has ever built.

Shanghai Disneyland features six uniquely themed lands, including Adventure Isle, Fantasyland, Gardens of Imagination, Mickey Avenue, Tomorrowland and Treasure Cove. At the heart of the park is Enchanted Storybook Castle, the tallest, biggest and most interactive of all Disney castles the world over.

SHANGHAI (June 16, 2016) Magical moments came to life today during the Grand Opening of Shanghai Disneyland. Hundreds of cast members welcomed Opening Day guests to the new theme park. Shanghai Disney Resort, offers the best of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and was created especially for the people of China, with stories that inspire magical dreams, experiences that create emotional connections and places where friends and families can come together to create memories that last forever. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

SHANGHAI (June 16, 2016) Magical moments came to life today during the Grand Opening of Shanghai Disneyland. Hundreds of cast members welcomed Opening Day guests to the new theme park. Shanghai Disney Resort, offers the best of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and was created especially for the people of China, with stories that inspire magical dreams, experiences that create emotional connections and places where friends and families can come together to create memories that last forever. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Outside of the park is the resorts shopping district called Disneytown and two imaginatively designed hotels—the elegant Art Nouveau-influenced Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and the colorful Toy Story Hotel.

“It’s the privilege of a lifetime to lead this phenomenal company as we continue to find new ways and new places to bring our stories to life and to bring people together to create cherished memories that last forever,” Iger said. “Today is a celebration of creativity and collaboration, commitment and patience, the triumph of imagination and innovation, and a testament to the strong partnership between Disney and China. Together, we have created an extraordinary destination.”

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