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Disney officially opens Shanghai Disneyland

June 15, 2016, 8:23 PM · Shanghai Disneyland is now officially open to the public.

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.

Shanghai Disneyland ribbon cutting

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.

Dedication ceremony

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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Replies (6)

June 15, 2016 at 8:49 PM · I'm watching the evening concert to celebrate the opening on YouTube right now.
June 15, 2016 at 11:00 PM · That's great, cuz youtube is the closest that most of us will get...
June 16, 2016 at 5:31 AM · I've not seen this tidbit get much coverage... Iger has pretty much confirmed a Toy Story Land is set to open next year.

June 16, 2016 at 8:45 AM · Oh, Still a fan - have hope.
June 16, 2016 at 7:00 PM · NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!

Iger, you fool! Do you realize what you’ve done?! You’ve just made yourself a very powerful enemy! Veeeeeeeeery powerful! My vengeance shall be swift and merciless! Nobody outdoes Michael Eisner! Why, I’ll ruin you like I ruined WestCOT! Even in your dreams, I shall hound you ceaselessly unto the Ending of the Woooooooooooorld!

Oh hey, Robert. I like your website.

June 17, 2016 at 1:32 AM · I'm currently living in Hong Kong and the local is following the opening of Shanghai Disneyland closely.

Day 2 update: seven dwarves mine train and roaring rapids have already broken down and are closed for the day despite a month of testing

Wait times for certain attractions (they didn't say which ones) exceed 2 hours.

As for the behaviour of Chinese visitors, nothing that you wouldn't see at a U.S. theme park

Senior citizens smoking where they shouldn't because they don't know where the smoking areas are and no cast member told them where they are.

Trash next to the trash can although Disney has deployed teams to keep the place as clean as possible.

As for the Chinese characteristics of the park. US visitors interviewed state that they don't really notice the difference, Just that it feels like Disney at home.

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