Shanghai Disneyland
Shanghai Disneyland

Shanghai Disney Resort marked its first anniversary, as floating lanterns representing good fortune for the past, present and future hovered above Shanghai Disneyland during a magical celebration at the resort’s Enchanted Storybook Castle.

“Shanghai Disney Resort’s first anniversary is cause for great celebration for everyone involved in bringing this spectacular dream to life,” said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company.  “We’re grateful to the people of China for making this unique destination a tremendous success -- more than 11 million guests have already visited, and we look forward to welcoming many more in the years to come.”

Guests were entertained by the Mandarin version of “When You Wish Upon a Star,” as a montage of photos and videos highlighting events of the first year at Shanghai Disney Resort were projected on the façade of Enchanted Storybook Castle, as well as actual guest videos and images of magical memories from their visits to the authentically Disney, distinctly Chinese destination.

According to Disney, Shanghai Disneyland has proved to be enormously popular with guests from home and abroad, welcoming more than 11 million guests in its first year of operation. The resort exceeded every one of The Walt Disney Company’s expectations, from theme park attendance to guest satisfaction.

The resort has already announced its first expansion, a new immersive land themed to the Toy Story franchise, set to open in 2018.