Wow! I can’t believe the grand opening of the Shanghai Disney Resort is finally here! Yes, now! Today! Definitely not a year ago when I took these pictures and should’ve posted them!

Most of these are from the second day the park was open, which was the first full day open to the public (Friday, June 17). The grand opening day was Thursday, June 16, but it only opened to the public at noon. I got to go with the IAAPA group for their Thursday night dinner at The Boathouse restaurant in Disneytown (Shanghai’s Downtown Disney) before we were released in the park with just enough time to hop on TRON and see the fireworks show.

Full disclosure: I was a few days into a nasty cold at this point, and it was extremely hot & humid (Shanghai in June, what ya gonna do) so this was not the… optimal Disney experience. My complaints with the park were mainly that there’s not enough shade to sit down beneath (all those young saplings haven’t grown enough yet) and that there aren’t enough places to get food, particularly after 6pm (most people here bring their own food). Lines were insane, but given that it was opening weekend, it was to be expected.

It’ll be interesting to see how this park expands, since they have a huge amount of space and not many attractions (shades of the early days at California Adventure). I’m not sure I’d suggest hopping on a plane right now to go, but it’s almost worth doing that just to ride TRON. My God, we need the TRON ride on this continent. Maybe give it a couple years and do the grand tour of Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and the pièce de résistance, Tokyo DisneySea.

Shanghai wins for most beautiful castle, though. No question.