08 Apr '11, 9am

Work starts on long-awaited China Disneyland: SHANGHAI : Mickey Mouse danced in a traditional Chinese costume as...

Work starts on long-awaited China Disneyland: SHANGHAI : Mickey Mouse danced in a traditional Chinese costume as...

SHANGHAI : Mickey Mouse danced in a traditional Chinese costume as officials wielded golden shovels Friday to break ground on mainland China's long-awaited first Disneyland theme park in Shanghai. Walt Disney Co. chief executive Bob Iger was joined by the entertainment giant's Chinese partners and government officials at a ceremony to launch construction of the park on the outskirts of the eastern Chinese city. The event capped more than a decade of negotiations with the Chinese government to bring the "Magic Kingdom" to the country's 1.3-billion-strong market, and Iger called it a "significant milestone" in Disney's history. "Our Shanghai resort will be a world-class family vacation destination that combines classic Disney characters and storytelling with the uniqueness and beauty of China," Iger said. Construction of the 24.4 billion yuan ($3.7 billion) project in Shangh...

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