The $5.5 billion Shanghai Disney Resort, Walt Disney Co.’s first resort on mainland China, began three days of grand-opening festivities Tuesday and will officially open to the public on Thursday.

Shanghai Disney’s festivities on Tuesday include the first Mandarin production of “The Lion King” at the resort’s 1,200-seat Walt Disney Grand Theatre.

Wednesday marks a concert led by Chinese composer Tan Dun, whose credits include the film score for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” And on Thursday, the park will hold an official dedication ceremony and open to the public.

Covering 963 acres, the theme park includes six themed lands — Adventure Isle, Gardens of Imagination, Mickey Avenue, Tomorrowland, Treasure Cove and Fantasyland — all of which surround the Enchanted Storybook Castle.

Shanghai Disney has two hotels: the 800-room Toy Story Hotel and 420-room Shanghai Disneyland Hotel. Disneytown is a shopping, dining and entertainment district.

The theme park, which broke ground in Shanghai’s Pudong district in 2011, is Disney’s sixth and is its largest non-U.S. investment. Joint-venture partners Shanghai Shendi Group and Disney own 57% and 43% of the resort, respectively.


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