Disneyland Shanghai Opens

The Walt Disney Company culminated one of its most ambitious projects this week with the opening of the new Shanghai Disney Resort, its sixth worldwide and largest, most technologically-advanced park to-date. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger joined distinguished guests, celebrities and local officials to celebrate Disney’s first park in Mainland China with a traditional red-and-gold ribbon cutting ceremony symbolizing good luck and prosperity.

Combining immersive Disney storytelling with oriental influences, Shanghai Disney Resort includes a magical theme park with 6 themed lands, 2 imaginatively designed hotels, a Disneytown shopping and dining district and a Wishing Star Park recreational area.

Shanghai Disneyland

Guests enter the park via Mickey Avenue, inspired by the colorful personalities of Mickey Mouse and his pals. Fantasyland is the largest of the zones and is home to the Enchanted Storybook Castle, Disney’s tallest, largest and most technologically-advanced, as well as rides showcasing Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and Winnie the Pooh among others.

Pirates of the Caribbean takes center stage at Treasure Cove, the first pirate-themed land in a Disney park where guests join in the exploits of Captain Jack Sparrow and Davy Jones in the shadow of the Siren’s Revenge, an authentic pirate ship moored at Landlubber’s Landing. Adventure Isle immerses guests in a newly discovered lost world with its water rapids ride, while the whimsical decor and interactive spaces (including the highly-anticipated Marvel Universe) at Gardens of Imagination celebrate the wonders of nature and joy of imagination.

Tomorrowland houses some of the park’s biggest attractions. Star Wars Launch Bay honours the Star Wars saga with iconic set pieces and interactive activities where guests can join the Resistence or the Galactic Empire and the dark side. High-speed thrills and spills come alive at the TRON Lightcycle Power Run as guests catapult through The Grid.

Shopping Galore and The Lion King

Adjacent to the theme park, Disneytown features approximately 50 international shopping and dining locations in five unique areas. In a nod to its oriental location, the architecture is inspired by Shanghai’s unique Shikumen, housing Asia’s first World of Disney Store offering a comprehensive collection of Disney merchandise, including products exclusive to Shanghai Disney Resort.

Premiering in Mandarin at the lavish 1,200-seat Walt Disney Grand Theatre, Disney’s hit Broadway musical The Lion King, a collaboration with Tony Award winner Julie Taynor and with music from Elton John and Tim Rice.

Hotels, Wishing Star Park

Shanghai Disney Resort’s 2 hotels, the elegant Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and the whimsical Toy Story Hotel, are conveniently located near Shanghai Disneyland. The former combines gracious elegance with art nouveau decor at a lakeside setting with views of the Enchanted Storybook Castle, while younger guests enter the world of Woody and Buzz Lightyear at the latter with its imaginative furnishings.

Centered by a glittering lake, the Wishing Star Park is an oasis of peaceful greenery that guests may enjoy as they make their way along a 2.5-kilometer walking path, of which 500,000 square meters is also open to the public.

Disney now operates 3 parks in Asia, with Shanghai Disney Resort joining sister properties in Tokyo and Hong Kong. Other locations globally include Paris, Orlando and the original Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.

For more information, visit www.shanghaidisneyresort.com.

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