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.