Watch the opening gala for Shanghai Disneyland

June 15, 2016, 3:48 PM · Day two of Shanghai Disneyland's opening festivities wrapped up tonight with the opening gala, featuring Disney CEO Bob Iger.

An orchestra, choir, traditional Chinese musicians and a cast of Disney characters joined in the ceremony, which was broadcast live in China. Let's watch:

Shanghai Disneyland opens officially to the public tomorrow morning (which is later tonight in the United States). Keep watching Theme Park Insider for more coverage of Shanghai Disneyland's opening.

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June 15, 2016 at 4:04 PM · I really dig the opening musical piece before Bob Iger's remarks. I hope this music lives on in the park somehow. It would make for a pleasant Reflections of Earth style nighttime experience.
June 15, 2016 at 4:18 PM · Oh my god! I know where all that over-budgeted money went! What a spectacular!
June 15, 2016 at 5:12 PM · Although I believe that Shanghai Disney is a huge mistake, I must say that this opening ceremony was spot on. From the music to the performances, it was truly beautiful.
June 15, 2016 at 10:46 PM · Huge mistake? From the business geniuses who thought that DCA 1.0 would be a smash success that would make us "forget about Disneyland"? Perish the thought!

Seriously, I would agree that all those amazing new attractions have been wasted on a park that is unlikely to ever make back the billions that were sunk into it. Too bad they couldn't just build new E Tickets stateside instead. But that would make too much sense.

June 16, 2016 at 9:47 AM · Quite often we choose to forget that theWDCo is a global enterprise with the goal to expand and maximize their international presence.

We continually bash Eisner and Iger or any other DIS leadership name we can recall for sinking billions of dollars into what is sure to be a MONEY LOSING OPERATION.

When you take a step back and look at it from a long-term perspective, and understand the business cycle, you start to understand the long-term benefits Shanghai will provide in the world's most populated country. With a government that is starting to shift the economy from manufacturing to consumption. With a growing middle class that will be flush with money to spend as they try to achive status.

So let's keep bashing Eisner, Iger and any other DIS leader because, after all, we know better.

June 16, 2016 at 2:25 PM · The video looks great. It seems to convey the Disney spirit although I wonder if it truly translates. No where was Mickey Mouse or other characters introduced (said their names). Applying the Chinese translation to Disney English lyrics is a possible miss. Chinese is very utilitarian and many words and feeling of the western type just doesn't exist in Chinese. The show reminds me of the Olympics. Done for its grand scale. The Chinese instrumental part is a little weird. I don't get why they are doing the barely audible scratching. Iger's speech is short, but seems long. Overall, beats the Wizarding World grand opening show just a few months ago.
June 16, 2016 at 11:08 AM · Absolutely beautiful opening ceremony. Even Iger's speech was fine except for his poor attempt at Chinese; he needed more coaching.

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