Shanghai Disneyland construction launched, expected to open in 5 years

By on Apr 8, 2011 in Asia, Entertainment Comments

The construction work of Shanghai Disneyland in mainland China was officially launched on Friday, April 8, 2011, and is being expected to open in 5 years.

Shanghai Disneyland map
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As reported by Xinhua News Agency, a launching ceremony was held at the Pudong New Area in Shanghai on Friday morning, which was attended by top Disney officials and Chinese politicians.

CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee Secretary Yu Zhengsheng, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the announcement during the ceremony.

“Today marks a significant milestone in the history of The Walt Disney Company,” US Walt Disney Company CEO and President Robert Iger was quoted as saying, who was also present in the ceremony.

The Shanghai Disneyland, which was reportedly to have an investment of 24.5 billion yuan ($3.7 billion), will cover an area of 1.16 have square kilometers, and will be inside the 3.9-sq-km Shanghai Disney resort.

The site of Shanghai Disneyland is 12 kilometers away from the Pudong International Airport, where two hotels, catering and retail facilities will be built and has an estimated cost of 4.5 billion yuan.

This Shanghai Disneyland theme-park project was finally agreed by China and Walt Disney Co last November 2010, and was said to be biggest Disneyland around the world.

The ceremony, which began with traditional Chinese drumming, was also attended by popular Disney characters including Mickey Mouse, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Donald Duck.

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