The long-planned Shanghai Disney Resort will open on June 16, 2016, Disney has confirmed Tuesday following a report by the Wall Street Journal.
Sources close to the project revealed to WSJ the planned opening date. Disney had stated last year they hoped to open the park in the first half of 2016.
The official date, on the tail end of that time frame, represents not only the significant construction challenges of a $5.5 billion, 963-acre theme park, hotel and entertainment complex, but the political and cultural barriers of such a massive project undertaken in partnership with a state-owned consortium.
Disney’s official press release states the following regarding the grand opening:
The Walt Disney Company and Shanghai Shendi Group announced today that Shanghai Disney Resort will host a multi-day, grand opening celebration, culminating in a spectacular welcoming ceremony for the resort’s first official guests on June 16, 2016. The world-class resort, located in the Pudong District of Shanghai, will be Disney’s first destination resort in mainland China, featuring classic Disney storytelling and characters with all-new experiences tailored for the people of China.
“When it opens in June, Shanghai Disney resort will be a one-of-a-kind, world-class destination that is authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese,” said Robert A. Iger, chairman and chief executive officer, The Walt Disney Company, in the press release. “The resort reflects Disney’s legendary storytelling along with China’s rich culture, and showcases some of the most creative and innovative experiences we’ve ever created. We’re looking forward to showing it to the world and sharing it with the people of China for generations to come.”
For the complete press release — which includes info on Shanghai Disneyland, The Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and Toy Story Hotel, Disneytown, and Wishing Star Park — click here for all the details.