The excruciating long wait is finally over. At noon today, Shanghai Disneyland officially opened its magical gates to thousands of tourists from across China and from all around the world. It’s about damn time.
While the doors didn’t officially open until noon, by the early morning there were hundreds of tourists lined up, waiting in anticipation and in the rain. Hopefully, their shoes didn’t get too soaked.
Disneyland has been preparing for this moment for the last six weeks, launching a trial opening period in which the park was open to employees, family members and special guests. They used that period to see what kinds of problems might arise when D-Day finally came. Problems like: long lines, cleanliness, 35 yuan pork buns and the fact that balloons aren’t allowed on the subway.
To make sure that its opening day would run as smoothly as possible, Shanghai Disneyland reportedly capped the number of tickets at 10,000.
According to SCMP, Disneyland’s opening has been hailed as marking a “golden era” in China’s tourism industry by none other than Vice Premier Wang Yang. “It’s not pouring rain, it’s pouring American dollars and RMB,” Wang said. Even Chinese President Xi Jinping sent in his congrats. No word yet from Wang Jianlin.
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