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Cast Members at Shanghai Disney Resort Begin Trial Operations to Get Ready for Grand Opening

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

The countdown to our grand opening at Shanghai Disney Resort continues as we get ready to welcome our first official guests on June 16. The exciting news out of Shanghai today is our cast members there started ramping up for grand opening as they began a trial operations period at the resort.

As many of our fans and readers know, a trial operations period is a key pre-opening step for all Walt Disney Parks and Resorts destinations and major attractions around the world. At Shanghai Disney Resort, the trial operations period allows cast members to get ready for our first official guests next month while invited participants experience select attractions, entertainment and dining on select dates.

Invited participants for Trial Operations will be limited to Shanghai Disney Resort cast members and select resort partners and stakeholders – but we’ll keep our Disney Parks Blog readers up-to-date with the latest news and photos from Shanghai as we count down to our grand opening.

What attraction are you excited to see at Shanghai Disney Resort after it opens on June 16? Let us know in the comments below.


  • Hello.
    Will the opening ceremony be live on the web next June?
    Thanks !

  • The castle of the Shanghai disneyland seems to be fantastic! According to the latest announcement of Disney, the castle would contain some attractions inside, which sounds to be a great place for the children to enhance their experience as a prince or princess. There will be a place of turning the dream to reality, of creating everlasting memory, of presenting new diney image to the children and me.

  • Looking forward to seeing the videos from Shanghai. Planning a visit in 2 or 3 years, too!

  • So excited for my CM Son. He’s flying out today from LAX and his team from MCO. Can’t wait to see all the wonderful pics he’ll bring home, not to mention the souvenirs. Sent him with Chinese money too. On my list of wants – Shanghai Disney Mickey Ears and Pins…and a D&B if they’ve got them. So excited for all the Cast who are part of this new piece of Disney history.

  • Glad to see Shanghai is finally getting ready to open. Will all the cuts made at WDW and DL be reinstated as soon as this park opens? I must say our recent trip with fewer characters and rides running with less capacity was decidedly less magical.

  • Can’t wait! I was at Hong Kong opening 11 years ago this September for my 60th Birthday and now I will be at Shanghai and I am 70! Love Disney. Ready for Shanghai Disney Hotel and ALL the great new adventures it will bring.

  • I’m soo excited to be going to the opening day. I would have never imagined I’d be at the opening day of a Disney Park. This will be a surreal moment. Can’t believe we are almost a month away from opening day!!!! Please keep us informed of opening day procedures. ?

  • Exciting times for all the talented Cast Members in Shanghai! The excitement and anticipation are probably overwhelming for them all. The park sounds like it was worth the wait. See you in November. Make us proud Disney Cast!

  • I’m so excited for Disney to open the Shanghai Disney Resort on 16th June. Unfortunately, we are from 3rd to 7th June in Shanghai. The publication of the opening for the Shanghai Disney Resort was release few days after our flight booking. We thought it would be finished earlier. At least, we would be happy if we’re test guest during the trial operations.

  • There must be a better title to call this concept publicly than “Trial Operations”. That sounds so clinical and kind of creepy.

  • Shanghai DL looks like it will be so cool, even better than Tokyo Disney!

  • The Enchanted Storybook Castle is what sounds most intriguing to me! I’d love to visit the Shanghai Disney Resort someday to see all the attractions it has to offer!

  • This sounds so fun. I hope to get to do this during the opening of some Disney Park in the future. I must admit though I wish the name of this period was a little more themed like Disney always is. Instead of “Trial Operations”. I hope everyone part of this special time enjoys and I look forward to the park officially opening!

  • Any likelihood of a Disney Parks Blog event at opening Thomas? I’m definitely there 28th June – 3rd July (staying in Toy Story Hotel) but I’ll find out Tuesday if I’m going to be there June 16th *fingers crossed* Would love there to be a Disney Parks Blog event, not managed to attend one yet, either don’t get there in time or not in the right place at the right time 🙂

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