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Will Disney's dreams come true at new Shanghai park?

US$5.5b resort opens amid weak economic growth, banking on China's burgeoning middle class

A visitor poses with an actor dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow at Shanghai Disneyland, ahead of its official opening on June 16.


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.

The US$5.5 billion resort, which opens Thursday, features the world's