Disney will be pulling out all the stops when the Shanghai Disney Resort officially opens its doors on Thursday, June 16 with a global live broadcast across several channels and media outlets.
The one-of-a-kind celebration at Shanghai can be enjoyed by everyone with the television special “Grand Opening Celebration of Shanghai Disney Resort”, which will air simultaneously on Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD (including their corresponding mobile apps) without breaks or commercials from 8:00-8:30pm on June 16, as well as June 17 (10:00-10:30pm) on Freeform.
Actress and singer Sofia Carson (Disney Channel’s Descendants, Adventures in Babysitting) will narrate the telecast.
Disney has also released more info on what to expect for the grand opening extravaganza:
Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company, will be joined by nearly 3,000 distinguished guests, celebrities and government officials at the largest, tallest and most interactive castle at the heart of any Disney Park, The Enchanted Storybook Castle. The occasion showcases creativity, choreography, acrobatics, costumes and technology in grand scale, with dazzling lights, Disney music, pageantry, special effects and fireworks. The one and only Mickey Mouse will join in the enchanting celebration.
World-renowned pianist Lang Lang will perform a custom arrangement of the musical sensation “Let It Go” (Disney’s Frozen) and China’s television and movie superstar Sun Li will take center stage. Each is a Shanghai Disney Resort Honorary Ambassador.
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, celebrating the occasion’s poetic message. Additional featured music includes “Once Upon a Dream,” “Heigh Ho” and “Some Day My Prince will Come.”
Sounds like it will be a perfect mix of customary Disney magic along with a celebration of Chinese culture and heritage. We can’t wait to tune in for the special!