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Thousands take an early look at new Disneytown

THOUSANDS of Metro commuters visited the new Disneytown complex at the Shanghai Disney Resort yesterday on the opening day of Line 11’s Disney Resort station.

Over 8,000 riders had traveled to the station by 5pm yesterday, according to the city’s Metro operator, visiting the resort’s shopping, dining and entertainment district, which is open to the public free of charge.

Disney staff welcomed visitors on arrival, taking photos for them and guiding them through the various unopened shops and restaurants.

Visitors could also check out the Wishing Star Park and Lake at the station’s No 1 exit, which provides the quickest access to the resort.

“I am extremely impressed by the staffers here at the resort,” a visitor, Xie Wencheng, 76, told Shanghai Daily.

“They greet every tourist warmly with big smiles.”

“Though the shops are not open yet, the environment here is comfortable and pleasant,” said another visitor, Deng Xiangping, who was was visiting with her 17-month-old son.

However, some were disappointed by the general emptiness of the business district.

“Everything was closed, and some places were still under construction,” a visitor surnamed Wu said.

“It is boring and disappointing. But my granddaughter likes the place.”

Though the shops are not open yet, visitors can buy disposable raincoats and drinks from service carts.

Features of the Disney Resort will include the Wishing Star Lake, which covers about 40 hectares — about the size of 56 football fields.

After its opening, visitors will enjoy waterfront dining and shopping, and sunset views, said the resort. At the opening of Disneyland on June 16, Disneytown will be home to 50 businesses, including the first World of Disney store in Asia.


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