Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger, along with Chinese officials, cut the ceremonial ribbon as Disney opened its twelfth theme park on Thursday morning in Shanghai. The dedication ceremony concluded three days of events to mark the opening of Disney's first theme park in mainland China.
During the ceremony, Iger read a letter of congratulations from U.S. President Barack Obama, while Chinese officials read a letter from the Chinese president. China's vice premier joked that the rain during the ceremony was a fortunate omen, as it represented a "rain of U.S. dollars and RNB" (China's currency). Certainly, both Disney and China are counting on Shanghai Disneyland generating substantial tourist spending for both the company and the region, as Disney and China have invested billions of dollars this jointly-owned development.
After the ribbon was cut, a flood of Disney characters appeared in front of the park's Enchanted Storybook Castle, and the park was opened to the tens of thousands of guests (including many overseas Disney fans) who had bought opening-day tickets.
In the days to come, we will have on-site trip reports from some of those visitors, and we welcome fans to rate and review the new Disney attractions on our Shanghai Disneyland page. In the meantime, you can enjoy the sights of Shanghai Disneyland with our video tour of top attractions and start planning your Shanghai visit with some of our tips and advice.
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