Disney to Open First Mainland China Resort in June

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China's very own Happiest Place on Earth will be enchanting visitors as soon as this summer.

The Shanghai Disney Resort is slated to throw open the doors of its Magic Kingdon on June 16, becoming the first Disney destination on mainland China and the third in Asia following Tokyo Disneyland's debut in 1983 and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort opening in 2005, NBC News reported.

The estimated $5.5 billion resort is a joint venture between Disney and Shanghai Shendi Group, a state-owned enterprise that is holding 57 percent of the project.

The new resort broke ground in 2011 and will encompass more than 960 acres. It will include an Enchanted Storybook Castle, being billed as the largest, most technologically advanced of Disney's fabled castles.

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