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Shanghai Disney Resort Groundbreaking Ceremony Marks Historic Day

posted on April 8th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE – New video added below of the Shanghai Disney Resort groundbreaking ceremony.

Last night, we made history at The Walt Disney Company when we officially broke ground on the Shanghai Disney Resort and we couldn’t be more excited. Did you see the new castle art? Today, we’re continuing the celebration with a first look at the groundbreaking ceremony that was authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese – just as the park promises to be.

Shanghai Disneyland Resort Groundbreaking Ceremony

The ceremony featured Mickey Mouse dressed in a traditional Chinese costume, a 50-voice Shanghai children’s choir, a female soloist singing in Mandarin and traditional Chinese drum music.

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After the entertainment, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger and Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Tom Staggs were joined by Shanghai Party Secretary Yu Zhengsheng and Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng to officially break ground on the project.

The resort will include a Magic Kingdom-style park called Shanghai Disneyland, two themed hotels, a large dining and entertainment venue, recreational facilities and more. There will be all-new attractions and experiences tailored specifically for the people of China at the park. And yes, expect to see several themed lands with iconic Disney attractions.

The new Shanghai Disney Resort is slated to open in approximately five years. Check back here on the Disney Parks Blog for more updates in upcoming months.

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Thomas from IN on April 8th, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Five years, eh? Time to start saving the pennies. It looks like it will be awesome!

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Deborah on April 8th, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Was planning on going back to China in 3 or 4 years. I think we’ll have to wait “approximately five years.”

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Chris from CA on April 8th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Yet another Disney park that I will have to visit. I have yet to go to any of the parks out of the country, but I plan to see them all. Maybe do a long trip to do both Shanghai and Hong Kong Disney together. I would love to go opening day in Shanghai.

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Alexander on April 8th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

This is Very exciting! I know Walt Disney had towers put throughout Disneyland that recorded construction of Disneyland, and I know there is a video of Disneyland Resort Paris being built captured by a similar tower/ camera on Main street. If there is anyway to do something similar with this park, it would be really cool to see in the end, or even periodic blog posts of construction updates.

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Peter from ON on April 9th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Will there be any DVC villas in the resort? I would love to get some points for it if there is any!

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