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Disney opens its first theme park in mainland China this week

The Magic Kingdom comes to the Middle Kingdom this week when Disney opens its first theme park in mainland China

Disney opens its first theme park in mainland China this week
Seats are set up for the opening ceremony in front of the Enchanted Storybook Castle at Shanghai Disney Resort in Shanghai on June 15, 2016. The Magic Kingdom comes to the Middle Kingdom this week when Disney opens its first theme park in mainland China, betting the growing middle class will spend big on leisure despite a slowing economy. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)
Disney opens its first theme park in mainland China this week
An actress dressed as 'Snow White' poses in front of the Enchanted Storybook Castle at Shanghai Disney Resort in Shanghai on June 15, 2016. The Magic Kingdom comes to the Middle Kingdom this week when Disney opens its first theme park in mainland China, betting the growing middle class will spend big on leisure despite a slowing economy. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)
Disney opens its first theme park in mainland China this week
A girl walks in 'Alice in Wonderland Maze' at Shanghai Disney Resort in Shanghai on June 15, 2016. The Magic Kingdom comes to the Middle Kingdom this week when Disney opens its first theme park in mainland China, betting the growing middle class will spend big on leisure despite a slowing economy. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)
Disney opens its first theme park in mainland China this week
People watch the Mickey Parade at Shanghai Disney Resort in Shanghai on June 15, 2016. The Magic Kingdom comes to the Middle Kingdom this week when Disney opens its first theme park in mainland China, betting the growing middle class will spend big on leisure despite a slowing economy. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)
Disney opens its first theme park in mainland China this week
Chairman and CEO of Walt Disney Bob Iger holds a press conference at Shanghai Disney Resort in Shanghai on June 15, 2016. The Magic Kingdom comes to the Middle Kingdom this week when Disney opens its first theme park in mainland China, betting the growing middle class will spend big on leisure despite a slowing economy. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)
Disney opens its first theme park in mainland China this week
A cleaning team works after the Mickey Parade at Shanghai Disney Resort in Shanghai on June 15, 2016. The Magic Kingdom comes to the Middle Kingdom this week when Disney opens its first theme park in mainland China, betting the growing middle class will spend big on leisure despite a slowing economy. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)
Disney opens its first theme park in mainland China this week
A woman takes a selfie in front of the Enchanted Storybook Castle at Shanghai Disney Resort in Shanghai on June 15, 2016. The Magic Kingdom comes to the Middle Kingdom this week when Disney opens its first theme park in mainland China, betting the growing middle class will spend big on leisure despite a slowing economy. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)
Disney opens its first theme park in mainland China this week
Disney characters Mickey (L) and Minnie Mouse are seen during the red carpet for the premiere of the Mandarin stage production Lion King at Shanghai Disney Resort in Shanghai on June 14, 2016. The Magic Kingdom comes to the Middle Kingdom this week when Disney opens its first theme park in mainland China, betting the growing middle class will spend big on leisure despite a slowing economy. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)