Shanghai Disney Resort Opens in Mainland China
“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.
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.”