Shanghai Disney resort marks 1st anniv

Added On June 18, 2017

Shanghai Disney Resort has marked its first anniversary, as guests and cast from home and abroad gathered with special activities.
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The Walt Disney Company on Friday said its Shanghai theme park is a "tremendous success", logging more than 11 million visits in just a year.
SOUNDBITE:(English) BOB CHAPEK, Chairman of Walt Disney Park & Resorts
"In fact earlier this week, we welcomed our 11millionth guests,among those we are much faster even our most ambitions expectations. Also though Shanghai Disney resort has already become a national tourist destination. About one third of our guests come from the local shanghai area. But the vast majority actually come from other part of mainland, and we are proud to welcome a number of international guests too."
The resort consists of Shanghai Disneyland -- the theme park, a Disneytown shopping and dining district, two hotels, and the Wishing Star Park recreational area.
Disney called the Shanghai theme park one of its most ambitious projects, as the most technologically advanced park to date, with the biggest, tallest castle of any Disney park and the first pirate-themed land.
The resort has already announced its first post-opening expansion, a new immersive land themed on the Toy Story franchise set to open in 2018.
SOUNDBITE:(English) BOB CHAPEK, Chairman of Walt Disney Park & Resorts
"We are looking forward to opening toy story land next year and I have just visit the sights yesterday and it coming along beautifully. It is going to be the greatest place in the park featuring some of us deceit characters and it will be the newest adventure for our guests."
The company said the resort's popularity added to shareholders' confidence in the growing demand for the overall development of China's tourism industry.
Outside the United States, Disney has also opened theme parks in Paris, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.