The Walt Disney Company and Shanghai Shendi Group announced today that Shanghai Disney Resort will host a multi-day, grand opening celebration that will culminate in a spectacular welcoming ceremony for the first official guests on June 16, 2016. This will be Disney’s first destination resort in mainland China.
“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,” said Robert A. Iger, chairman and chief executive officer, The Walt Disney Company, in an official statement. “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.”
And we couldn’t be more excited.
Based on everything we’ve seen, mostly at the D23 Expo this past summer, Shanghai Disneyland will be overflowing with world-class storytelling, classic entertainment, and some truly next-level technology. And what makes it even more special is the fact that it celebrates and maintains the rich history and cultural heritage of China.
Comprised of Shanghai Disneyland, the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and Toy Story Hotel, international shopping, dining, and entertainment district Disneytown, and Wishing Star Park, a recreational area with beautiful gardens, the Shanghai Disney compound will open in the Pudong District of Shanghai. The resort broke ground in 2011.