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Tune in for ‘Grand Opening Celebration of Shanghai Disney Resort’ Television Special, June 16 and 17

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Are you as excited about the grand opening of Shanghai Disney Resort as we are? Then I’ve got great news! Fans around the world will be able to experience the spectacular, one-of-a-kind event when the “Grand Opening Celebration of Shanghai Disney Resort” television special is presented Thursday, June 16, at 8 p.m., simultaneously on Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD and each channel’s App, and then again Friday, June 17, at 10 p.m., on Freeform.

The music-filled television special will be narrated by actress and recording artist Sofia Carson (Disney Channel’s “Descendants,” “Adventures in Babysitting“) and will be presented without breaks or commercials!

Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company, will be joined by the one and only Mickey Mouse along with nearly 3,000 distinguished guests, celebrities and government officials for a showcase of choreography, acrobatics, costumes and technology in grand scale, with dazzling lights, Disney music, pageantry, special effects and fireworks.

World-renowned pianist Lang Lang will perform a custom arrangement of the musical sensation “Let It Go” (from Disney’s “Frozen“) and China’s television and movie superstar Sun Li will take center stage. The historic event includes the debut of an original song, “Ignite the Dreamer Within,” written especially for the grand opening of Shanghai Disneyland. Acclaimed composer and conductor Tan Dun, widely known for his stirring scores for the films “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Hero,” will lead the Shanghai Symphony with an original composition of the new song.

Join this once-in-a-lifetime event with “Grand Opening Celebration of Shanghai Disney Resort,” Thursday, June 16, at 8 p.m., on Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, and Friday, June 17, at 10 p.m., on Freeform.


  • Cannot wait for the grand opening celebration!! Will definitely be watching from my hotel room at Walt Disney World!! Still wished it was on ABC like the Disneyland and Walt Disney World opening celebrations. Those days were the best!!

  • Will this be available online or in the UK somehow to watch? I’d love to join along and see the grand opening. Might consider going one day!

  • Hey, I have Frontier Fios TV and when I went to set the DVR the only channel that listed the special was Freeform on Friday, neither of the Disney/Junior/XD Thursday slots listed it.

  • Will we be able to see this outside the U.S?

    Disney Channel isn’t showing it here in the UK, so will it be posted online at all?

    I would love to see it – it’s such a rare and important event to see the opening of a new resort!

  • Can you clarify if these broadcast times are PST, EST?

  • How will we be able to see it in Canada (Montréal)? Thanks in advance.

  • From what I can see from channel guides, looks like the posted times are EST.

  • Would love to watch from Melbourne Australia but cannot see it programmed on any Disney channel here. If anyone can help it would be appreciated.

  • I live in Brisbane. How can I see this? It would break my heart if I couldn’t watch it ?

  • Will we see this in the United Kingdom as I’m a huge Disney fan

  • Looking forward to the show. I wish we could be there…maybe someday. Thanks for showing the opening.

  • Just wondering if Disney Channel, Disney Jr. or Disney XD here in Canada will broadcast this Grand Opening Celebration. As you stated, “fans around the world will be able to experience the spectacular”, so I’m hoping this includes us Disney fans in Canada, as our broadcast line-up is slightly different than the U.S. broadcast. Fingers crossed that we get to see it too – as this is a big event for ALL Disney fans around the world!

  • This is very exciting-!!! Learning of this big event being televised has brightened my day. I look forward to watching this.

  • Worldwide Disney fans! Maker Studios just tweeted that the grand opening will be shown online at the official disney website tonight (6/15) starting at 7:30 PST. Hope this helps!

  • This is so cool, DVR ready! 🙂

  • I really like Sofia Carson, but they have her talking SO much over the show, I am having a hard time enjoying it. Perhaps some of her commentary can be edited out for re-broadcasts. It was very distracting. The show would have been more beautiful without it.

  • I have been excited about this for a week. I have told everyone I meet to watch it and now that it should be on, I find that our local north Texas station decided not to play it. Doesn`t Disney own ABC?

  • Aa very beautiful ceremony, but I’d like to add my voice to those who would like an online broadcast with minimal commentary to be made available. Sofia Carson made a nice effort with the script given to her, but give the audience credit for being able to enjoy the moment without constant narration. I can see the children’s choir on the center staircase while the castle is bathed in gold lights and fireworks overhead, no need to describe it for me.

  • I missed seeing the show on the Shanghai opening. Is is going to be re-broadcast at any time? thanks,

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