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Chinese Disney plans gain approval

Planners have approved a new Disney theme park to be built in China, with the country’s biggest city Shanghai set to host the ‘magical’ entertainment venue.

Details of the work will now be finalised, after the National Development and Reform Commission agreed to the park − to be located in the eastern Pudong district of the city.

The initial works will include amenities found in other Disney resorts around the world and a “Magic Kingdom-style theme park with characteristics tailored to the Shanghai region”.

“This approval marks a very significant milestone for The Walt Disney Company in mainland China.”

Robert Iger, Disney

“China is one of the most dynamic, exciting and important countries in the world, and this approval marks a very significant milestone for The Walt Disney Company in mainland China,” said Robert Iger, president and CEO of Disney.

Shanghai’s city government issued a brief statement announcing the approval.

Disney has gradually expanded its presence in mainland China after opening a theme park in Hong Kong in 2005 and now has offices in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou.

The park will be a major showcase for Shanghai, the mainland’s main financial and commercial centre. The city is in the middle of a construction boom ahead of the World Expo, which will open on May 1.

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