It’s official! The Walt Disney Company and Shanghai Shendi Group broke ground on the Shanghai Disney Resort last week, after receiving approval from the Chinese government in Beijing. In celebration, both parities held a groundbreaking ceremony paying homage to the culture and people of China, complete with a female soloist singing in Mandarin, traditional Chinese drum music, a 50-voice Shanghai children’s choir and Mickey Mouse dressed in a traditional Chinese costume.
“Today marks a significant milestone in the history of The Walt Disney Company,” said Robert A. Iger, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “Our Shanghai resort will be a world-class family vacation destination that combines classic Disney characters and storytelling with the uniqueness and beauty of China. Working with our Chinese partners, the Shanghai Disney Resort will be both authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese.”
The new Shanghai Disney Resort is set to open in approximately five years and will be home to Shanghai Disneyland, a Magic Kingdom – style park that will mix classic Disney characters and storytelling with experiences specifically tailored to the people of China. An interactive Disney castle offering entertainment, dining and performance experiences will be at the very heart of the park and a gorgeous 11 acre green space will offer a place where friends and family can enjoy customs and cultural celebrations together.
The size of the site in Pudong, Shanghai where the Disney Resort is being built will be approximately 963 acres, offering additional room to expand in the future. Once opened, the resort will include Shanghai Disneyland, two themed hotels, a large retail, dining and entertainment venue, recreational facilities, a lake and associated parking and transportation hubs.
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