Earlier this month, the Walt Disney Company celebrated the opening of its first resort in Mainland China and the sixth worldwide. The three days of grand celebration, filled with great joy and excitement, gave guests a preview of what the resort has to offer.
The celebration kicked off with the premiere of the first ever Mandarin production of the Broadway hit The Lion King. The performance took place in the 1,200-seat Walt Disney Grand Theatre in Disneytown. The celebration continued the next day with a grand opening gala concert at the Enchanted Storybook Castle. The concert was led by award-winning composer Tan Dun, famous for film scores such as that of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. After the concert, there was a dessert party in Tomorrowland. The last day of celebration saw a festive dedication ceremony in front of the Enchanted Storybook Castle, officially opening the Shanghai Disney Resort.
Shanghai Disney Resort promises to be an extraordinary authentically Disney, distinctly Chinese destination for guests from all over the world. The theme park is made up of six unique lands: Adventure Isle, Gardens of Imagination, Mickey Avenue, Tomorrowland, Treasure Cove and Fantasyland. At the centre of these six lands is the Enchanted Storybook Castle: the largest, tallest, and most interactive castle in any Disneyland to date.
In addition to the theme park, the Shanghai Disney resort also features two hotels, a shopping district, and an open recreational area with a lake. The Shanghai Disneyland Hotel combines exquisite art nouveau décor with touches of Disney magic to create a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Sumptuous dining options, a view of the lake, and a magnificent indoor pool make for an unforgettable hotel experience. The Toy Story Hotel is inspired by the Disney Pixar film series, where playthings come alive and adventure awaits at every corner. The whimsical interiors and architecture of the hotel make for a fun experience for guests of all ages.
Disneytown is the resort’s shopping, dining and entertainment district, located conveniently right next to Disneyland. Built as an international village with timeless qualities, guests will be transported to a most charming town. Visitors can dine by the waterfront; make their way through the Marketplace filled with international brand names, or visit Broadway Boulevard for a more sophisticated form of entertainment.
Wishing Star Park is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the resort. A walk along the shoreline of the Wishing Star Lake, surrounded by lush greenery and peaceful scenery, can really relax both body and mind. Take in the full splendour of nature that the park has to offer by exploring the woodlands, smelling the roses in the garden and marvel at the birds and butterflies fluttering about.
Shanghai Disney Resort is set to bring the Disney experience to new heights. With never-seen-before rides, musicals, and other amenities, guests can expect a truly unique experience in Shanghai. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit their website.
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