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Opening Date Announced for New Shanghai Disney Resort

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | January 13, 2016

Opening Date Announced for New Shanghai Disney Resort

Rendering via Twitter/DisneyInsider

On Tuesday, the Walt Disney Company and Shanghai Shendi Group made a formal announcement that the new Shanghai Disney Resort will welcome its first official guests on June 16 during a grand opening ceremony.

The opening will be part of a multi-day celebration culminating with a ceremony that features the doors being opened to guests from all around the world. The new amusement park and resort will be located in the Pudong District of Shanghai, and will be Disney's first destination resort in mainland China.

The opening of the Shanghai Disney Resort will also mark a key milestone for tourism in Shanghai, as the resort complex is the largest foreign investment project in the city. Construction of the parks and resorts began in 2011, and the facilities are almost ready to be unveiled.

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Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger released a statement about the announced opening date of the new Shanghai Disney Resort:

“When it opens in June, Shanghai Disney Resort will be a one-of-a-kind, world-class destination that is authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese. The resort reflects Disney's legendary storytelling along with China's rich culture, and showcases some of the most creative and innovative experiences we've ever created. We're looking forward to showing it to the world and sharing it with the people of China for generations to come.”

Bloomberg shared an image of Shanghai Disney under construction, via Twitter:

When the facilities finally open in June, the company’s official website reported the Shanghai Disney Resort will include:

Shanghai Disneyland: a world-class theme park with six themed lands: Adventure Isle, Gardens of Imagination, Mickey Avenue, Tomorrowland, Treasure Cove and Fantasyland, all centered around the Enchanted Storybook Castle, the largest and tallest castle at any Disney theme park. Guests will enjoy numerous thrilling attractions and live entertainment spectaculars – many of them first-of-a-kind for a Disney park.

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Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and Toy Story Hotel: imaginatively themed resort-hotels conveniently located near the theme park. The Shanghai Disneyland Hotel is an elegant Art Nouveau-inspired resort with a touch of Disney magic and imagination, while the Toy Story Hotel immerses guests in a world inspired by the toys from the Disney-Pixar series of "Toy Story" animated films.

Disneytown: an international shopping, dining and entertainment district, adjacent to the entrance of Shanghai Disneyland. Disneytown will include the Walt Disney Grand Theatre, home to the first-ever Mandarin production of Disney's Broadway hit "The Lion King." Another "must-see" for guests will be the World of Disney Store, offering an impressive collection of Disney merchandise, including many products designed especially for Shanghai Disney Resort.

Wishing Star Park: a recreational area with beautiful gardens, a walking path and a glittering lake. With approximately 100 acres, Wishing Star Park presents guests with awe-inspiring natural views and beautiful sunsets.

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