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Shanghai Disneyland To Open At End Of 2015 (PHOTO)

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The Disney empire's latest outpost, Shanghai Disneyland, will open in late 2015, reports the Associated Press.

China's National Development and Reform Commission first approved the project back in 2009, and ground was first broken in April 2011. At that time it was estimated the park would take approximately five years to open, according to WDW News.

During a meeting with shareholders Wednesday, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger unveiled the first image of a model of the park. "The one-of-a-kind destination will be authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese," the DisneyParks Blog shares.

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The Shanghai Disney Resort will feature a Shanghai Disneyland park, two hotels, a 46,000-square-meter retail, dining and entertainment venue, recreational facilities, a lake plus parking and transport hubs, Forbes reports. Shanghai's Cinderella Castle will be the largest and tallest of all the Disney castles.

Shanghai Disneyland will be "a Magic Kingdom-style park that will blend classic Disney storytelling and characters with all-new attractions and experiences tailored specifically for the people of China," says WDW News.

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