Here’s how you can visit Shanghai Disneyland on opening day without going to China
If you can’t make the trek to Shanghai for the grand opening of Shanghai Disneyland, don’t worry. Shanghai Disneyland is going to come to YOU.
When Disneyland in California first opened in 1955, it was broadcast live on television. It only makes sense that 60 years later, the newest Disneyland park gets the same treatment. “The Grand Opening Celebration of Shanghai Disney Resort,” will be broadcast across ALL Of Disney’s television channels — Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, and FreeForm — but unfortunately, it won’t be live. Mostly because Shanghai Disneyland is in a completely different timezone, but we’ll take what we can get.
“Disney will welcome viewers from around the world to experience an authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese celebration — the spectacular one-of-a-kind grand opening celebration of Shanghai Disney Resort,” Disney explained in a press release. “The occasion [will] 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.”
This is all going to happen on Shanghai Disneyland’s opening day, June 16th. The special television event will take place at 8 p.m. (except on FreeForm, when it will air on the 17th at 10 p.m.). It truly sounds like it’ll be the next best thing to shelling out thousands of dollars and hopping on a plane to Shanghai, because it’ll get you up close and person with rides like the Tron lightcycle and the amazing new Pirates of the Caribbean.
…but after seeing this telecast, that’s what you might actually do.