Shanghai Disney makes its debut

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The Enchanted Storybook Castle is reflected in a girl’s sunglasses at the opening ceremony of the Shanghai Disney Resort in Shanghai on June 16, 2016. Entertainment giant Disney debuted the ultimate American cultural concept in communist-ruled China on June 16, opening a huge A $5.5 billion theme park in Shanghai that caters to an emerging middle class.

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The first visitor reacts as he enters the Shanghai Disney Resort after the opening ceremony of the Shanghai Disney Resort in Shanghai on June 16, 2016.

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People queue to enter the Shanghai Disney Resort after the opening ceremony of the Shanghai Disney Resort in Shanghai on June 16, 2016.

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People queue to enter the Shanghai Disney Resort after the opening ceremony of the Shanghai Disney Resort in Shanghai on June 16, 2016.

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Fireworks explode over the Shanghai Disney Resort during the opening ceremony in Shanghai on June 16, 2016.

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People visit Shanghai Disney Resort after the opening ceremony in Shanghai on June 16, 2016.

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A woman with Mickey Mouse ears watches the opening ceremony at Shanghai Disney Resort in Shanghai on June 16, 2016.

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Mickey and Minnie Mouse pose for a photo during the opening ceremony of the Disney Resort in Shanghai on June 16, 2016. Walt Disney Co. opened its first theme park in mainland China on Thursday in a ceremony that featured speeches from Communist Chinese children’s choir officials and actors dressed as Sleeping Beauty and other Disney characters.

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Visitors attend the opening day of Shanghai Disney Resort in Shanghai on June 16, 2016.

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Mickey Mouse entertains visitors on opening day at the Disney Resort in Shanghai on June 16, 2016.

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An actress dressed as Snow White poses in front of the Enchanted Storybook Castle at Shanghai Disney Resort in Shanghai on June 15, 2016.

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People watch the Mickey Parade at Shanghai Disney Resort in Shanghai on June 15, 2016.

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A girl walks into the “Alice in Wonderland Maze” at the Shanghai Disney Resort in Shanghai on June 15, 2016.

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A man wears Mickey Mouse ears after the opening ceremony at the Shanghai Disney Resort in Shanghai on June 16, 2016.

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People visit Shanghai Disney Resort during a three-day grand opening event in Shanghai on June 15, 2016.

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Visitors take a selfie after the opening ceremony of the Shanghai Disney Resort in Shanghai on June 16, 2016.

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A young girl in her princess outfit reacts to the sound of a dog at the “Alice in Wonderland Maze” attraction on opening day at the Shanghai Disney Resort in Shanghai on June 16, 2016.

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Disney’s Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger, center, poses with volunteers at Shanghai Disney Resort during the opening ceremony in Shanghai on June 16, 2016.

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People visit Shanghai Disney Resorts as part of the three-day grand opening events in Shanghai on June 15, 2016.

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