Shanghai Disney Resort will officially open and welcome its first guests on June 16, the Walt Disney Company and Shanghai Shendi Group announced early morning today.
The resort will host a multi-day grand opening celebration, culminating in a spectacular welcoming ceremony for the resort’s first official guests, the management of the resort said.
At the opening, it will include the Shanghai Disneyland, a theme park with six themed lands, two themed hotels, Disneytown, a huge shopping, dining and entertainment district and Wishing Star Park. It will also celebrate China’s rich heritage and cultural elements.
“Both shareholders and the joint venture board of directors agree this is the optimal time to welcome our first official guests to the resort,” said Philippe Gas, general manager of the resort.
Major construction of the resort is now complete and will be followed by an extensive preparation to ensure the resort is fully operational and ready to greet millions of guests.
The resort will continue to hire and train new Cast to join the current team of nearly 2,000 Cast Members and Imagineers, according to the resort.
The theme park’s ticketing plan as well as other operational details of the resort will be announced at a later date.
Shanghai Disneyland, the resort’s theme park, will have six themed lands: Adventure Isle, Gardens of Imagination, Mickey Avenue, Tomorrowland, Treasure Cove and Fantasyland, with the Enchanted Storybook Castle, the largest castle in a Disney park.
Shanghai Disney Resort broke ground in 2011. The iconic castle topped off in May 2015.