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New Disney-themed metro trains in Shanghai set to debut with theme park's grand opening

As Shanghai gets ready for the grand opening of its new Disney resort, new metro cars will bring the company’s iconic characters along for the commute.

A Mickey Mouse is seen on the body of the Disney theme metro train on June 14, 2016 in Shanghai, China. The Disney theme metro train would officially run on June 16 when Shanghai Disney Resort officially opened to public.
A Mickey Mouse is seen on the body of the theme metro train on June 14, 2016 in Shanghai, China. Image by VCG / Contributor/Getty Images

The Shanghai Disney Resort will be the first one in mainland China and the sixth in the world. There will be a three-day grand opening celebration, which begins on 14 June with the premiere of the first-ever Mandarin production of the Broadway hit the Lion King. On 15 June, there will be a concert at the Enchanted Storybook Castle and on the official opening day of 16 June, there will be a dedication ceremony in front of the castle to welcome guests.

Cartoon characters are seen on the body of the Disney theme metro train on June 14, 2016 in Shanghai, China. The Disney theme metro train would officially run on June 16 when Shanghai Disney Resort officially opened to public.
Cartoon characters are seen on the body of the theme metro train on June 14, 2016 in Shanghai, China. Image by VCG / Contributor/Getty Images

The Disney-themed metro train will officially launch on 16 June when the resort opens to the public. The two theme trains will leave from Disneyland and Luoshan Road stations on opening day, reports Shanghai Daily. The resort features a “newly designed Magic Kingdom-style theme park, Shanghai Disneyland, with six themed lands filled with immersive attractions, including Adventure Isle, Gardens of Imagination, Mickey Avenue, Tomorrowland, Treasure Cove and Fantasyland”. The park’s Enchanted Storybook Castle is set to be the tallest, largest and most interactive of any Disney Park. There are also two hotels on site – the 420-room Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and the 800-room Toy Story Hotel. There will also be shopping, dining and entertainment areas, and a 98-acre recreational area called Wishing Star Park with a lake that is open to the public.

Tickets to the opening of Disneyland Shanghai have already sold out.
Tickets to the opening have already sold out. Image by Shanghai Disneyland

The new Disney resort is located in the Pudong New District, near the Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Travellers can use the metro to get to the resort on Line 11, which has stops near Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown and Wishing Star Park.