PHOTOS & SOCIAL: Disneyland opens in Shanghai

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Visitors dress up as Disney characters
Visitors dress up as they attend the opening day of the Disney Resort in Shanghai, China, Thursday, June 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Walt Disney Co. opened Shanghai Disneyland, its first theme park in mainland China, with a lavish celebration Thursday featuring Communist Party leaders, a children’s choir, Sleeping Beauty and other Disney characters.

In spite of the rain, thousands lined up to be a part of the spectacle. View images of the event and some of the reactions on social media below.

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Shanghai Disney opening ceremony on youtube

6 Interesting facts about Shanghai Disneyland

  • No selfie sticks!
  • No costumes for adults!
  • No homemade food!
  • RMB 35 for a BaoZi! ($6).
  • Shanghai Disneyland has appealed mostly to lower income people over the age of 45.
  • The “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride broke down the first day, trapping tourists momentarily.