Entertainment giant Disney opened a massive theme park in Shanghai on Thursday, hoping to win over communist-ruled China’s growing middle class with the ultimate American cultural export.
Thousands waited in long lines in the rain-drenched park, hoping to be among the first to ride attractions such as a futuristic roller-coaster based on the “Tron” science fiction films.
The opening comes after tragedy struck Disney’s resort in the US state of Florida, where an alligator killed a two-year-old child at the shore of a lake in the massive complex.
Walt Disney World said it had shut down all of its Florida resort beaches and marinas as a precaution after the incident.
The Shanghai resort is the US company’s sixth in the world and the first in mainland China — there is already one in Hong Kong. Read More